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Nurturing Anybodys Child Role of Educators in Helping Foster Children Abstract Helping professionals working with a child who is victim of neglect and abuse typically expect that foster care placement will signify the end of the prolonged experience of trauma For foster children themselves however foster care placement itself may represent a new experience of trauma Beyond the promise of a new beginning the journey through foster care is not always what it seems For many children foster care placement is scary It entails hard work periods of ambiguity and sometimes brings about unwelcome lessons Unquestionably foster home placement is a journey that no child should have to endure alone It takes a concerted effort on the part of many to help a foster child realize the hope that we have for him or her School counselors can play a critical role in orchestrating a circle of support around foster children Most parents consider their children a joyous part of life but some children are less fortunateincluding those who are abused and neglected within the fostergroup-home care system They are taken from abuse and neglect and sometimes delivered into more abuse and neglect They are anybodys child As of 1997 approximately 500000 children and youth were in foster care Noble 1997 Foster children are typically removed from their homes and placed in a care setting because their biological parents are unable to adequately care for them The most common offenses that precipitate the childs removal from the home are physical abuse sexual abuse and neglect Noble 1997 The hospitalization of the primary care giving parent as the result of mental illness for example may also be a precursor to foster placement On rare occasions a childs own behavioral problems andor disabilities may result in foster care placement Noble The Challenges Children in foster care often experience serious psychological social and physiological difficulties
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