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Higher Education for Care Leavers without Family Support

Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future

Benbenishty, R. , & Oyserman, D. (1995).  Children in foster care: Their present situation and plans for their future.  International Social Work, 38,117-131.

Examined the situation of 590 children (aged 1–18 yrs) in foster care in Israel. Findings are based on social workers' annual reports on childrens' situation and on the plans for their immediate and long-term future. Results showed very few cases of severe problems such as delinquency, drug abuse, running away from home, and sexual neglect. Problems of identity and belonging, self-esteem, and school achievement were more frequent. Boys were found to have significantly more behavior problems than girls, and older Ss had more problems than younger Ss up to 9 yrs old, with preadolescents (aged 10–22 yrs), having the most. Findings show that children in foster care in Israel are expected to remain in care, with few children returning to their biological homes. The low incidence of extreme and/or disturbed behavior may be related to their relatively long stay in care and to plans to keep them in their present placement.