Exploration of the American Foster Care System: An Experiential Account

By Claudette Braxton and Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper provides an exploration of the American foster care system. Utilizing Maslow’s hierarchical theory of needs, this exploration analyzes the system’s ability to address the developmental and mental health issues of children entering foster care. Conducted through the lens of a person who experienced a long and close involvement in foster care, this exploration demonstrates how the system can help/and or harm children as they struggle to achieve personal growth. From recent literature in this area of service, recommendations are reiterated to develop a more empowerment-oriented system.

Keywords: Foster Care, American Foster Care System, Children in Foster Care, Children in Placement, Child Welfare

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 757.168KB).

Prof. Claudette Braxton

Field Placement Coordinator, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Prof. Braxton is the Field Coordinator in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University, where she has also coordinated the Graduate Program. Her practice and research interests lie in the area of child welfare, and in particular, the foster care system. She has presented at numerous conferences and published her work in this area of practice. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime

Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski is a professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her professional interests include practice and research in gerontology, medical social work, and civic engagement and community building with a focus on cultural competence. She has directed School of Social Work, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, the Center for Community Building and Civic Engagement and most recently, the Graduate Program of Social Work. She has received numerous federal grant awards and has authored numerous articles, chapters in books, and monographs. Dr. Krajewski is in the Executive Board of the Michigan Collaborative Continuing Education and of the Organization of Latino Social Workers. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Social Administration from Temple University, and a doctoral degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.


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