Foster Care And Foster Parenting

�What is the difference between foster care and foster parenting?� Many people who are thinking about caring for a child that is not their own ask this question. In the past, foster carers were called foster parents, but it was an inappropriate title. Foster care refers to the short and medium term care of children who may still be returned to the care of their biological parents or parent. A foster parent or foster parents have adopted a child and become his or her legal parent, with all the rights and responsibilities of a natural parent.

Foster care givers take a child into their homes for a period of time. They have certain obligations towards the welfare of the child, but are not responsible for the cost of raising the child. This is provided by the institution that has removed the child from its parental home until circumstances change and it becomes possible for the child to return to his or her parents. While the parent or parents of the child are not able to care for their child fulltime, they are not denied visiting rights, nor are the care givers allowed to refuse the child the right to spend time with their parents. Visiting rights or refusal are dictated by the agency in charge of the child.

Foster care givers face a challenge when they take a child into their home, but they find it a welcome challenge, as they can make a real difference in a child’s life. No two children are alike, but children placed in care often have never really felt loved or nurtured. They are often from unstable backgrounds and have suffered accordingly. Remuneration for care givers is small, but the emotional rewards can be very large.

If you would like to know more about foster care, there are some excellent private services that have the legal authority to place children into foster homes. It is easy to apply to become a foster carer. There is a screening process for the protection of the child and you will be visited by a qualified social worker in your home and your application will be assessed by qualified child care providers. Following that, there is a training and education period before a child will be placed in your care.

Most foster carers welcome the opportunity to be fully screened and educated before they take on the responsibilities of foster care. It shows their commitment and the commitment of the agency to the well being of children.

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Care Orders � New Procedures

A care order is a court order that places a child under the care of a local council. The local council then shares parental responsibility for the child with the parents and will make most of the important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as where they live and how they are educated.

The legal processes relating to making arrangements for the custody of children are often criticised for being too lengthy. Recently, the Government has announced new procedures which are being introduced in an attempt to reduce the often substantial delays between the application for a care order and the completion of the arrangements for the care of the children involved (termed the �disposal’ in legal parlance).

Currently, the time taken between application and disposal in care proceedings is, on average, just under a year. This is clearly too long, especially as in many cases the children are returned to the care of their parents, rather than being taken into care, at the end of the proceedings.

A new system is being trialled, in various cities across the UK, which it is hoped will reduce the time required for the completion of care proceedings. In order to be a success, the new system will require a great deal of preparatory work to be carried out earlier in the process than is currently the case. This burden will fall on local authorities. The rest of the process, after the initial stage, will be subject to a strict timetable.

The pilot scheme has been launched in ten areas. If it is successful, it will be rolled out nationally in the spring of 2008. However, since no extra resources have been allocated by the Government, it remains to be seen how well local authorities will cope with the extra burden this will impose.

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Online Parental Controls

The World Wide Web is a fascinating place that has obscured the geographical distance in terms of education and business. It gives chances to kids and students to learn and see various things and experience different places that they may never get chance to observe in real life (out side the virtual world). It brings people so close to each other that they may never know each other without this virtual world.

Unfortunately, the Internet has a dark side also. You don’t know what is there in the other side. Generally, kids will avail the utility of the net to surf information or to study about particular captions or might explores the net to chat with old friends or family members, who are staying at different places. At this point, it happens that some unwanted sites or persons come as predators, which may harm the kid in mentally or in some other ways. It’s really hard for parents to watch their kids all the time what they are doing on Internet or with whom they are chatting.

So, all parents must have to take care of that. There are some common tips for parents for protecting children, which works at a certain points. Like: keeping the computer in an open area in the house, so they can casually monitor what sites their children are surfing as well as what they are chatting with others. The parents have to spend time on the computer with their kid, which gives them the opportunity to explain about the fraudulent or bad sites and persons.

But kids are always kid. It’s really had to stop a kid to sneak around the Internet, however careful the parents are! So the parents have to give some restriction to their kids by blocking some programs to get access (like IMs, software). Parents can give the bad sites name to the filtering option in Internet option. They can restrict the time of surfing of the kid. If the kid has separate computer then they can make a LAN connection between them and they can use desktop monitoring software, which will help them to log all the sites and the chat rooms that their kid is visiting. They can monitor their kids when they are not around there. It helps a lot!

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