Thursday, February 16, 2012

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.

1 comment:

  1. Your credibility statement is taking account of the features that you should notice about the article, so you are right on target with it.

    The useability statement is in the right neighborhood, but I would have liked to see you being more specific about the way it allowed your research to go farther and how it allowed you to narrow your topic more.

    Since the history of adoption covers several pages of your source, that point should be mentioned in the summary. Obviously, that point is not the focus of your project, so you could say something like, "The source opens by discussing a history of adoption so readers can understand how laws have changed regarding adoption; the source asserts that generally these law changes are designed in an attempt to protect the children's best interests." Your summary also seemed to skip most of the material on pages 163 - 165 that talked about the delicate between parent's legal rights and the best interest of the child.

    So, to sum up, if there are major sections of the source devoted to a topic, I'd like to see you mention those sections with at least a sentence. Then, I'd like to see you go a little more in depth with the sections most relevant to your topic. In this case, you seemed to gravitate most towards the section that talked about the injustices in the foster care system and the negative effects children experience due to being in that system, so it would have been great to see your summary include some additional detail about the social work system.

    As I read your response, I do think this article provided a helpful new angle for your topic. Up to this point, you were discussing difficulties that children have once there are in their adoptive families. This article points out the fact that children can be accumulating hurt as they make their journey towards being adopted, especially if they get caught up in a bad foster care situation.