There are multiple reasons why children may be taken into care, which can include physical abuse, neglect, abandonment and parent illness.
Often, social services remove a child from their birth family for a number of reasons, but this informative guide also details information about putting your child into care yourself. Learn more of the common reasons for foster care to occur, as well as what happens when a child is taken into care.
One of the most common reasons for foster care is neglect of a child or young person. This can come in many forms, such as:
Following on from neglect, one of the main causes of neglect can be abuse of a young person or child. This includes:
In the extreme cases of parents or guardians dying, and there is no appropriate adult to take care of the children, the children would then be taken into care.
Children will be put into care if parents or guardians have been sentenced to jail, and there is nobody to look after them while they complete their sentence.
When a child is placed into the foster care system, a local authority is brought in to assess the child’s situation and determine the foster placement requirements. This is to ensure the child has the most appropriate home where they can be taken care of.
In many cases, the previous birth family home may not be suitable for the child to return to – so children in care will likely experience a variety of types of foster placements. It’s also not uncommon for foster parents to stay in the foster children’s lives once they have aged out of the system.
In rare situations, children can be put into care voluntarily by their birth family or guardians. This could be due to some of the reasons above – for example, if the parents know they are unwell and cannot look after a child, or having a jail sentence pending – but primarily, putting a child into care would happen due to not being able to, or not wanting to, look after the child any longer.
However, there are some circumstances where children may need to be put into foster care for their own actions, if their behaviour cannot be controlled:
Need more information on what happens when a child is taken into care? Or if you want to discuss the reasons for a child to be taken into care further, get in touch with a member of our team. Alternatively, find out more about how to become a foster parent today and the fostering process.