Over 5,000 children are subjected to abuse and/or neglect each year in the state of Arkansas. Instead of playing with friends and making happy family memories, these children are attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes, and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry.
Foster care is intended to keep children safe: remove them from imminent danger and nurture them while the state decides if and when it’s safe for the children to return home. This system is well intended but sadly ill-prepared to address the needs (medical, psychological, educational, emotional) of the individual children it serves. Juggling an average of 25 foster care cases at a time, Department of Human Services workers could not possibly be the extensive support system these children need.