California social worker says foster care children need better treatment
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the number of children who are placed in foster care has been rapidly increasing. As many of the parents of these youths simply lack the resources to care for their kids, many officials believe that as a result of the economic downturn, the number of foster care children has further increased.
Due to the shortage of homes to assist these children in California, a Los Angeles County social worker recently wrote complaint letters stating that his managers house youths in an office building and do not give them enough food, the Los Angeles Times reports.
"In some cases, the treatment that these children receive comes very close to the child abuse from which they are escaping," social worker Lincoln Saul told the news source.
Falling in line with Saul's statement, the Board of Supervisors found that in the past few years, more than 70 children died from poor treatment in foster care.
Individuals who wish to ensure the proper treatment of foster care youths may want to consider becoming child and family social workers.
POSTED BY: ec_admin - July 13th, 2011 at 03:52pm ( 0 )