Although in theory prejudice can be applied to favorable prejudgments, it is mostly associated with negative attitudes in relation to select racial and ethnic groups.
However temporary, the primary role of the foster family is to provide unconditional support to meet the individual needs of children and youth in out-of-home care while conveying messages of hope for their future.
Working to improve quality of life to foster children in , caregivers accept the challenge to ease transitional periods with special attention to behavioral, developmental, educational and emotional needs from homes of origin to placement.
Distinguishing between prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination during any period of foster care through adoption and beyond is both critical to and difficult to achieve, yet required of individuals interested in raising hope in the lives of at least one of 500,000 foster children in the United States.
Children receiving out-of-home care should not be overlooked for what some might presume limit their abilities, rather for what improves the quality of each person involved.
Call to locals:
Kern County Department of Human Services refers foster parents to Bakersfield Community College for ongoing state mandated foster parent training. Specialized training for relative/kinship, non-relative extended family members and resource foster parents.