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Reagan Maxie Maxie 1 Neuner ENGL.1020-2IH 22 February 2016 Mississippi Foster Care System In discussions of Mississippi Fights to Keep Control of Its...

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Reagan Maxie Maxie 1 Neuner ENGL.1020-2IH 22 February 2016 Mississippi Foster Care System In discussions of Mississippi Fights to Keep Control of Its Beleaguered Child Welfare System, Emily Palmer and Campbell Robertson argue about the failing of Mississippi foster care system. The article is current and takes place in the state of Mississippi. In discussions of the article, a controversial issue is whether Mississippi foster care system is failing its duty of protecting the children. While some argue that foster care system is placing the children in unfit homes just to keep them from “flooding the system”, and does not have the capability to protect the children, others contend that the foster care system is understaff and if it had more employees they system would do better. I say it does not matter about the number of employees the system has, it all depends on the whether the social workers want to place the kids in a stable home for the better of the child or to keep them from filling up the capacity of the system. The article offers more than three reasons why the foster care system in Mississippi is failing and not safe for the children. The first reasoning is that the foster care system is putting the children in unstable homes. You need a foster care license in order to take in a foster care child; the state of Mississippi did not look for that. Second, the kids are not monitored in their new homes. Third, the articles states something quite interesting. The social workers would leave children in abusive homes to keep them from “flooding the system”. The social workers would destroy evidence of abuse. The foster care system in Mississippi has numerous lawsuits against them.
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In order to gained custody of a foster care child, you have to obtain a foster care licensed. One of the requirements to getting your license is going through training. The course teaches you how to deal with the child if they suffer from a disorder, abuse, or have special needs. In the state of Mississippi, you have to have at least 12 hours of training. “According to data provided by the state agency, Mississippi had just 1,486 licensed foster homes for 5,142 children in its custody as of December”, Palmer and Robertson states in the article. So, if there were only 1,486 licensed foster homes and 5,142 children that mean 3,656 children were most likely placed in dangerous homes. There is evidence to support the statement that social workers place kids in unlicensed homes. One child was place with a convicted rapist and a toddler thrown to a pair of wild dogs. I concluded that social workers place the kids in an unhealthy environment than the one they was in before. The social workers are not monitoring the kids once they placed them in their new homes. Once a child is place in foster care, social workers are supposed to visit the child at least once a month. If the child has special needs, they are supposed to visit every two weeks. Olivia Y. was only four years of age when she was found on the gulf coast back in 2003. In three months she had been between five fosters homes and youth shelters. She is one out of thirteen children that formed a lawsuit against the state because of their experience. Olivia lawsuit was form in March of 2004. She was found suffering from malnourishment and possibly sexual abuse, according to the article. The case alleged that Mississippi’s foster care system was failing to protect children in their custody and provide the services needed. If social works would follow up on their visitations I say none of this would happen to Olivia, the other twelve kids that experience something similar, or any of the kids in Mississippi foster care system that suffered.
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