The article I have chosen to use as my source for this entry is called "Aspects of adoption and foster care." It is written by Lita Linzer Schwartz for the Journal of Psychiatry & Law. It was found on EBSCO's database. This source is credible for a couple of reasons one of them is because of the extensive list of works cited. It gives many options for further research. The author also has her PHD with the American Board of Forensic Psychology. This source is good for my research because it allows me to even go further with my topic. It gives me more insight and narrows down my topic even more. It also gives me a great list of options for researching further down the road.
In summary this article covers a few different topics such as children being adopted by homosexuals, social workers, the fathers role in adoption and the issues that arise from going through the foster care system. In one section it talked about the social worker not doing their job in the placement of four boys. They became mal-nourished and removed from the home and the adoptive parents placed on trial. Homosexuals were also allowed to take children with HIV in but weren't allowed to adopt them. Children who faced this were often times damaged emotionally because of leaving the only home they'd ever known. The last section discussed the effects that adoption and foster care have on children. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and ADHD were two of the biggest disorders found in children. Overall, the idea that children stuck in the foster care system longer were more likely to have issues/disorders later in life that would prevent them from living life normally.
I think this was an extremely well written article. It provided a lot of useful information regarding my topic and it allowed me to expand my ideas. The most important ideas that I will take away from this reading are the idea of what foster care can do to a child especially if their case worker doesn't do a good job in placing them in homes. Another one is the importance of keeping children in one home. If they are thrown around as if it were a game they are unable to develop as other children are thus, meaning they can develop stress disorders which can affect them the rest of their lives.