Many children in foster care are moved from one home to another, sometimes for years. This can be detrimental to the child’s development and lead them down a path of delinquency.

How important is it for foster children to stay in one place? Well, pretty important. This blog post will take a deeper dive into this question. Here, we’ll discuss how being moved around impacts the lives of these vulnerable youths.

Stability May Be Hard to Come By

Children who enter foster care have already experienced abuse and/or neglect, loss, and disruption to their relationships. They’ve been removed from their homes and thrust into a totally new world where they know nothing. These young people require secure placements in which they may form steadfast and encouraging ties with caring caregivers. Ultimately, this will help them to recover from the trauma they’ve endured.

Unfortunately, for far too many children in foster care, a sense of stability is out of reach. Children who are in foster care for two years or longer are 44 per cent likely to have three or more placements and 15 per cent likely to have five or more placements. This unpredictability might exacerbate the suffering already experienced by these youngsters, who are already in need of compassionate care.

The Risk

Constant moves, multiple placements, and high mobility rates are all linked with children who have behavioural issues or delinquency problems. Moving children around within a system doesn’t interrupts their education and social development. In addition, it also puts children at greater risk for behavioural issues.

Children in foster care don’t get to benefit from stability and continuity of relationships. For example, those that would help them recover from trauma or form healthy attachments with their caregivers. When children move too frequently, they can also become more aggressive towards peers. In addition, they have difficulty making friends, be less likely to trust adults, and even become more vulnerable to misconduct.

If children can stay within the same placement long enough, they will form lasting attachments that will help them recover from the trauma they have endured. Many children in foster care require stable, secure placements to heal and grow so that they can become healthy adults who contribute positively to society. 

 

The Benefits of Stability for Children in Foster Care

Stability is just as crucial for children in foster care as it would be for any child. They need to feel safe and secure, which requires permanence with their caregivers. With this in mind, children who age out of the system without this stability are more likely to experience unemployment. In addition, they may also endure homelessness, delinquency, teen pregnancy or having children themselves while underage.

Continuity of relationships and high stability rates are necessary for children in foster care to grow up healthy and become productive members of society. These children need the chance to heal from their pasts, but they also need permanence with their caregivers so that they may develop a sense of security and attachment. This is why it’s essential children in foster care stay in one place.

We can enhance placement stability, minimize engagement with law enforcement, and better fulfil the unique requirements of children and youth in foster care as they heal and successfully transition to adulthood by ensuring that caregivers, kids, and young people have access to trauma-informed services.

Final Thoughts

At Apple Fostering, children and children’s needs come first. We want them to be safe, secure, and healthy as they grow up within their families.

Children in foster care are going to recover from the trauma of abuse or neglect that made it necessary for them to enter the system. However, we must ensure this stability by providing children with the chance to settle down in one place.

The longer children are able to maintain a secure placement, the less likely they will be to engage in delinquent or aggressive behaviours. Those that could make them fall back into danger. This is why it’s so important children remain within the same home long enough for them to feel safe and recover from their pasts.

If you or someone you know has recently become a parent through adoption or fostering, then we hope this information helps them make decisions about what is best for themselves and their child’s future happiness. If you have any follow up questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

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