Foster Home Care: A Study of Thirty-Five Applicants Approved at Intake by the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia January to June, 1963
The natural setting in which a child is helped to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and socially is the family. Every effort, therefore, should be made to keep the child within the family constellation; unfortunately, this is not always possible or feasible. Family disintegration may occur through the absence or loss of one or both parents, through separation, death, illness or desertion. Some parents are so lacking in their responsibility that it would be detrimental to the child were he permitted to remain at home. On the other hand, some children may be so disturbed that treatment cannot be effected while they remain in their own home, thus necessitating placement outside the family unit. The foster family is the basic resource which makes it possible for the child who cannot remain with his own parents to have the experience of living in a family; to have opportunities for emotional development and socialization in accordance with the prevailing culture of our society; and, where the child’s previous family life experiences have been unsatisfactory, to have a corrective living experience.
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Greeley, Sister Charles Eileen, "Foster Home Care: A Study of Thirty-Five Applicants Approved at Intake by the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia January to June, 1963" (1964). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724964.