Circumstances That Often Lead to a Shasta County Foster Care Placement
As a foster parent, you must recognize that you’ll be opening your home to a child that has had a troubled, and possibly traumatic, past. The more you learn about their specific situation, the more you can understand certain behaviors and feelings that you see your foster child display and do your best to help them through it and meet their needs. There are many kinds of red flags that can make the child welfare system concerned enough to feel it’s necessary to get involved and remove a child from their home, whether temporary or long-term. It’s not something taken lightly or decided on a whim. Every situation is unique, but below are some of the most common circumstances that lead to a Shasta County foster care placement.
Abuse is probably the most well-known reason for children being taken away from their birth parents. This can include any form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, but again, every case is different and will have to be carefully reviewed before any decisions are made. If it is suspected that a child is enduring an abusive relationship with their parents or any other family member, a social worker will be assigned to the case to find out how serious the situation is and if the family can be helped or if it’s in the best interest of the child for them to enter into foster care.
Every child deserves to have their basic needs taken care of for them. It’s a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their offspring are well-fed, clothed, provided with a clean, healthy place to live, supported with love and attention, are consistently present at school and given medical treatment as required. Unfortunately, many parents choose to neglect these needs and sometimes even abandon their children, leaving them to try and fend for themselves.
Parent Imprisonment/Youth Offender/Runaway
If there is no other family member or a friend willing or able to take in a child whose parent(s) have been incarcerated, they are left in the care of the child welfare system. In other cases, the youth themselves may have caused trouble enough times that their parents either voluntarily have them placed in foster care or the court finds their home life isn’t suitable to properly deal with and eliminate criminal behaviors. This can also apply to runaways who have parents that can’t control their actions.
A child may also be placed in foster care because of their parents’ (or one remaining parent’s) life being suddenly cut short. When there is no one else able to provide them with a permanent home, the only alternative is for child welfare to step in.
It can be hard to fathom a child having to go through any of these circumstances, but the truth is that numerous children are found to be in distressing situations every day, making it vital that the child welfare system intervene and arrange a Shasta County foster care placement.