A Study of Thirty-Five Children Who Were Frequently Transferred in Foster Homes Under Care of Catholic Home Bureau 1939 – 1949
Background of the Study. It is recognized within the field of foster care that the problem of the frequent transfer of children is one of prime concern. Too often it would seem that the child has been transferred without due consideration and study as to the underlying basis for the transfers. It should be recognized that every replacement is damaging to the child and disturbs his confidence since it involves leaving a familiar situation and forming new ties and the reminder of his own parents’ inability to care for him. The child should be prepared for each move, as for the original placement, so that he may be able to participate in the new experience. The child was placed under foster care since it was deemed the best type of care for him. It would seem, therefore, that we are failing in our responsibility if we neglect to appreciate the basis of why our children do not make satisfactory adjustments to foster care. "Every child for whom foster care is necessary shows varying degrees of emotional disturbance which may be expressed simply as concern or even resentment regarding the inability of his parents to care for him or in the form of severe behavior and personality disorders." It is evident that there is never any real substitute for the child’s own home. Since the child needs to be cared for away from his own family, within this are meanings which affect the child himself and consequently influence to some degree his adjustment. This has been observed even in cases of adoption or even in cases where the child’s own home has been considered insufficient in meeting the child’s needs.
Social work|Clinical psychology|Mental health|Behavioral psychology
Quinn, Daniel P, "A Study of Thirty-Five Children Who Were Frequently Transferred in Foster Homes Under Care of Catholic Home Bureau 1939 – 1949" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725011.