by Richard B. Mckenzie
National Center for Policy Analysis
February 06, 2014
Judges and child welfare experts have aptly described foster care as “permanent temporary care” for many children trapped in the system until they age out of it at 18. No wonder foster-care kids are disproportionately represented in the country's prison and homeless populations, and are underrepresented among the ranks of college students and graduates. When adoptions and foster placements fail children, then what? Should there not be alternative surrogate homes—call them orphanages or academies—where children abused by their biological families and the foster-care system can find a sense of home and community with closely monitored adults and other children who share experiences? There is a need for a menu of care options. Foster care should not be the only child care game in town.