Children in Foster Care: A Nursing Perspective on Research, Policy, and Child Health Issues

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Date: April-June 2001
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 137 words

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ISSUES AND PURPOSE. To examine the roles of public policy and poverty on the rising number of children in family foster care, and to examine the impact of different types of family foster care on children's well-being. CONCLUSIONS, Recent changes in welfare legislation increase the likelihood of family poverty, with a subsequent increase in the number of children in out-of-home care. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on preventing entry into out-of-home care, improving the quality of foster care, and giving children a voice in care decisions. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses have important roles to play in the prevention of family dissolution, the design of healthcare delivery systems for children in foster care, in evaluating and educating all types of foster families, and as advocates in legal and legislative proceedings. Search terms: Child abuse, foster care, neglect, poverty

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A74483058