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Kids Movies Are Fun for Grownups Too

There are some really funny kids movies out. I love the way there are different levels of humor in the movies, so that children find funny things but there are also funny moments for adult level humor. One of my favorite kids movies is called, Up. This movie is funny in so many different ways. I have watched it several times and every time I see it again I notice little things that I hadn’t noticed before.

8 Interesting Facts About Foster Care

Those who do not have direct contact with the foster care system often know little about it. Aside from its portrayal in certain TV programs, the foster care system is often all but forgotten by the general public. Here are 8 interesting facts about foster care that may just make you want to know more.

 

Most Children Stay In The System For About 3 Years

This figure changes over time but most children seem to stay within the foster care system for nearly 3 years before they return to their families of origin or are placed with new families. This is not always the case, however, as 20% of children don’t get out of the system until more than 5 years has gone by.

 

Children Have About 3 Different Placements On Average

This is just the average but even it is upsetting. Moving from one home to another puts great stress on children and 3 different homes on average is a tremendous amount of stress. There are children who are far above this average and who have been placed in 20 or 30 different homes.

 

Each Year 20,000 Children Never Leave The System

There are many children each year who never make it out of the foster care system. Instead, they remain in it until they are too old to qualify for foster care. Each year 20,000 children fall into this category as those who never get to leave the system.

 

30% Of The Homeless Have Been In Foster Care

This is an astounding fact that few realize. In America, 30% of the homeless have been in foster care before. Clearly, the parallel that is being drawn here is not a positive one and does not speak well of the state of the foster care system.

 

25% Of People In Prison Have Been In Foster Care

This is another indication that the foster care system may not adequately prepare individuals for the real world. It is true that 25% of those in prison have spent time in the foster care system. Figures like these do not happen by accident.

 

The Average Age Of Foster Children Is 10

It can be hard for many who do not have direct experience with the foster care system to conceptualize the situation or the children in the system but this should help. The average age of children in the foster care system is 10. This means that half of these children are either 10 years old or younger than that.

Social Workers Have A High Turnover Rate

Given the stress of this profession it is not surprising that there is a high turnover rate for social workers but the fact that this rate is over 20% is shocking. That’s extremely high for any profession. But dealing with the challenges hinted at by the above facts understandably can lead social workers to burnout.

 

Social Workers Have Too Many Cases

It probably doesn’t surprise you that social workers have too many cases. The usually recommended number of cases for a social worker is about 17. Many social workers have 3 or 4 times that many cases.

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Painting the Grass Green

Today was the community Easter Egg Hunt. I took Lady Bug to gather eggs with the other children in the neighborhood. She had tons of fun running around in the grass at the park. I snapped a bunch of pictures of her looking for the hidden eggs.

The grass looked soo vibrant in all of the pictures. It reminded me of a time I went to visit family in Tennessee and saw a man spraying green onto the grass in front of a business.  I thought it was pretty strange at first. Then I saw another person spraying the same green substance onto his front lawn. I appreciate a nice looking lawn, but I’ve never considered faking it with spray paint.

Children’s Area Rugs

Today I found the cutest variety of area rugs for Lady Bug’s bedroom.  There were not only rugs for little girls but also for little boys. They had an assortment of popular character rugs and adorable patterns and designs that would look lovely in and children’s room.  With Lady Bug’s room being filled with princesses and ponies I went with one of the non character designs.

The rug I chose is a big circle about five feet in diameter.  It is pink and purple and has stars and sparkles woven all through it.  I think it will even fit her decor as she grows older unlike one of the character rugs.  It’s nice to have a few pieces that you don’t have to change out every time you decorate a room again.

Batteries Not Included

Lady Bug came home from daycare day with a nifty little toy. Unfortunately, the darn thing did not batteries.  Oh how I wish companies would just charge a little extra and include a set of batteries with their products.  Young children, heck most adults too, like instant gratification.  It’s no fun getting a new toy and not being able to play wit it the moment you take it out of the package.

I guess I have to run to the store tomorrow on my way home from work to pick up some batteries.  I really should just buy a few packs of every kind.  Hey!  That’s an idea!  A battery variety pack with  more than one type.  What parent couldn’t use some of those?  They would be especially handy around Christmas time.