Dear Alameda County Social Services:
We are choosing to write to you because we want better health and mental care for the children in foster cares. We looked into your website and we noticed that the services provided for the children in foster care may not be enough. Especially for children who have been in the system for a longer period of time. The issue is that there are not enough mental health services in a foster care. The children in the foster care are by this because when they are going through something as drastic as not having or feeling like they don’t have a family a therapist is needed. Did you know According to national statistics provided by Arrow, “40 to 50 percent of those children will never complete high school. Sixty-six percent of them will be homeless, go to jail or die within one year of leaving the foster care system at 18″(Arrow).This matters can connect back to the lack of mental and emotional support that is not provided in the foster care.One way that we can help improve this is by continuing to educate people. Education and knowledge is power and all have the power to help.
The effects on the community is that the children that are not being adopted grow to have anger and hatred towards the community and or themselves. As well as when dealing with a patient or child that has been in the foster care system for a long time they tend to not want the help anymore because they feel helpless. When there is a lack of mental and emotional assistance it can cause issues with the children in the foster care system. Overall we believe that the foster care systems need more mental health care in their foster homes to help improve the mental state of the children in the foster care. The workers in the foster care because they don’t have to pay for the therapist. The level of oppression is ableism and ageism. This is true because when a minor tries to advocate for help they’re seen as needy or selfish. Furthermore, they are not listened to because of their age, they think that they don’t know what they want because they’re young. The reason why this argument may be flawed is that only the child can know what they need and its negligence of an adult to ignore the needs of a child under his or her supervision.
There are many organizations and movements that already exist for Foster Youth. We found: “The first child movement.” We got this from a website called “HuffPost” It was talking about how the government uses more money to fund the military and not that much to be helping the children in the foster cares. This matters because it sucks how the government should be more worried about the kids that are in foster care. They are America’s future because they are the next generation. It didn’t work. People were more aware of the problem but there was no change so nothing changed sadly.
Sincerely, Kaly Guerrero, Alex Tum, and Kayla Quinteros.
“Federal and State Reporting Systems.” The National Incidence Study (NIS) – Child Welfare Information Gateway, www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/childwelfare-foster/. This source is credible because they give valid information about foster care and how the statistics impact the and the community. As well as how can we as a community help out our local foster care.