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The scariest thing to happen to some children is to be taken away fromtheir homes and shuffled into a system that seems to never end or neverget better That system is called Foster Care Once you are in it youbecome a number and a name to the court social worker and even yourguardian assigned to you by the system Picture having to go throughthat as an adolescent in a time where you are growing and trying tofind yourself yet you are facing even bigger issues than just pubertyHow does this affect other people that are not part of the system andwhy should they care Because these foster kids are part of the futuregeneration Older foster kids in the foster system face tough issuessuch as with instability stunted development mental health problemsand their transition out of foster care however solutions such asbetter group homes CASAs Court Appointed Special Advocates therapyand transitional housing can help reform the systemFoster kids are often placed in unstable group homes but they need astable home to deal with what issues they are going through Its harderto find homes for older foster kids because they are teenagerstherefore they need an even more stable environment to live in Notonly do they need this environment they need stable adults to guidethem Many old foster kids end up in group homes where it is harder toget a stable environment and due to a large number of kids living inthe group home at the same time therefore its even harder to get theattention they need as teenagers in the foster system Often teenagerswill resort to acting out getting in trouble to get the attention theywant A study done of the Los Angeles area child welfare system led byProfessor Joseph Ryan determined that adolescents who enter group homeare two-and-a-half times more likely to get arrested and placed intojuvenile hall Chamberlain This evidence of a study shows that grouphomes are an avenue for trouble for older
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