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Few children in foster care ever return home

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on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:09
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Few children in foster care ever return home

Very few children who are taken into foster care by child welfare services ever return to their own homes. A new study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) found that just over 10% are returned to live with their parents, and of those almost a third end up in foster care again.

The study indicates that rescuing a child from a home where his or her welfare is in jeopardy is rarely a temporary measure. In most cases, foster care ends only when the child comes of age.

Even so, social workers estimate that in almost 90% of cases, intervening by taking a child out of the home serves the interests of the child and improves the child's living situation well or very well.

It was also found that while in foster care at least two-thirds of such children are in need of counselling for psychological problems.

The study looked at the cases of 97 children who were taken into foster care by child welfare services in 2006, comparing their original situations with their lives five years later.