What you need to know about the foster system.
Children are often placed in the foster system after being separated from their parents because of allegations of neglect or abuse. The foster system includes placements with non-relatives, or in group homes and shelters. The vast majority of children in the foster system were not separated from their parents because of abuse, but because poverty is mistaken for neglect.
When a child is in the foster system, the parent and child almost always have regular, on-going visitation and contact. This is because frequent, high-quality visits are understood to be highly beneficial for children in the system.
A common misconception is that the foster system saves children who would not otherwise have a family. This is not true. Most children in the system have a strong desire to return home and a family who is fighting to make that happen.
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