Most children come into the foster care system because they have been removed from their parent or guardian due to abuse or neglect. Many come from homes where substance abuse and/or domestic violence are present. Children are removed from homes for a wide variety of reasons such as: lack of supervision, unsanitary housing conditions, educational neglect, medical neglect, physical abuse or constant exposure to domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
All of the children entering the foster care system have experienced trauma in one form or another. Being able and willing to help a child heal from trauma is a necessary quality in a foster parent.
More information about child abuse and neglect can be found at the following websites: