Foster Children

Essay by deetwinUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, June 2009

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There are many special populations that are helped by caseworkers. These include the mentally disabled, physically disabled, elderly, children, teen parents, and many other groups. Researching the many diverse groups that seek and benefit from the help of caseworkers, I had decided on two groups to research, the elderly and foster children. I narrowed down my decision based on two reasons.

I have only recently become interested in the elderly population because of my mother-in-law and father-in-law. I had never really spent too much time with the elderly in the past but since my husband's terminal illness and subsequent death, I have spent an enormous amount of time with my in-laws. The time I have spent with them has made me more aware of their disabilities and frailties and how much help they need as they grow older.

The other group I researched was foster children. Working with foster children has been a passion of mine for many years.

This passion comes from the fact that I was a foster child all my life living in foster homes and an orphanage from the age of three to the age of 17. I have grown interested in the recent past in the elderly but foster children have a special place in my heart, therefore I still believe this is my main interest and where I would like to concentrate my skills. I believe I have main strengths that I can bring to this field.

The main strength that I can contribute to the field of social work for foster children is I have experienced what these children are experiencing now. Other strengths are I know how to talk to children and enjoy being with them and listening to what they have to say. I believe that every child has a right...