Foster Care in Canada Analytical Essay by Nicky

Foster Care in Canada
An analytical essay on the disparities and issues with foster care in Canada.
# 149170 | 2,312 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2011 in Sociology (Social Work) , Child, Youth Issues (General) , Canadian Studies (General)

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This essay is an analysis of various forms of literature that provide information on foster care in Canada. Using six sources as Literature Reviews, the writer creates a proposal on the subject. What the text is supposed to provide is a darker side (injustice, bureaucracy, insensitivity, discrimination) and a brighter side (family-centered reform, more parental training, etc.) to the discussion of foster care in Canada. This paper will review the many sides of the issue, and offer potential solutions from the literature.

Review of Literature: Basic Numbers of Canadian Children in Foster Care
Review of Literature: Challenges Presently Facing the Foster Care System
Review of Literature: The Social-Emotional Dynamics of Foster Children
Review of Literature: Benefits of Giving Foster Parents Better Training
Review of Literature: Professionalizing Foster Care
Review of Literature: Kinship Care - Better Option than Foster Care?

From the Paper:

"In general, children who were subjected to neglect were younger, and were more likely " have caregivers diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder" (Marquis, p. 6). Also, neglected children tended to have been placed in homes with higher rates of exposure to "spousal abuse" than children who had been maltreated (Marquis, p. 6). As for children who had been physically abused (maltreated), they displayed "greater difficulty during their foster care adjustment" and once they had been discharged from their care environment, neglected children "were more likely to be returned to the care of the agency" (Marquis, p. 6).
"As of the publishing of this research (2008), there were an estimated 76,183 children in foster care in Canada, Marquis explains (p. 7). That is a dramatic increase from 1999 (46,397 children in foster care) and from 1997 (36,080). Looking at Ontario, the province showed skyrocketing numbers of children in foster care: On March 31, 2003 there were an estimated 18,126 children in foster care, a 56% increase since five years earlier (March 31, 1998)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chipungu, Sandra Stukes; and Bent-Goodley, Tricia B. (2004). Meeting the Challenges Of Contemporary Foster Care. The Future of Children.
  • Connolly, Marie. (2003). Kinship Care: A Selected Literature Review. Submitted to The Department of Child, Youth and Family, New Zealand.
  • Marquis, Robyn A., Leschied, Alan W., Chiodo, Debbie, and O'Neill, Arlene. (2008). The Relationship of Child Neglect and Physical Maltreatment to Placement Outcomes And Behavioral Adjustment in Children in Foster Care: A Canadian Perspective. Child Welfare, 87(5), 5-24.
  • Pacifici, Caesar, Delaney, Richard, White, Lee, Cummings, Kelli, and Nelson, Carol. (2005). Foster Parent College: Interactive Multimedia Training for Foster Parents. Social Work Research.
  • Waldcock, Thomas. (2005). Professionalizing Foster Care: The Welfare of Children. Retrieved June 14, 2009, from

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