Study Suggests Having Kids in Foster Care Bad for Mothers

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From CBC News: A recent study shows that having a child taken into foster care has detrimental effects on the mother’s mental health and may reduce the likelihood of reunification.

“‘We saw that in the two years leading up to the child being taken into care, these mothers had much higher rates of mental illness, treatment use, and social instability, but in the two years after, their mental health deteriorated much more and they used much more treatment,’ explained Wall-Wieler. ‘It’s indicating that having a child taken into care can actually have a really detrimental effect for her health and wellbeing.’

Wall-Wieler says previous research has shown the things the researchers looked at — mental illness, substance abuse, and poverty — are the very issues that often keep mothers from being able to get their children back after apprehension.”

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