Student Author(s)

Brandon Tarallo

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Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown

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One of the most damaged areas in American society today is the foster care system. There are many factors that contribute to the issues within the system, and change seems to occur very slowly for those who suffer the most. One of the key roles meant to uplift those in the foster care system is the role of the foster parent who is assigned to both provide and care for the children placed in their home. However, these responsibilities often prove much harder than many foster parents expect. As a result, some foster children fall even further behind. In order to understand the difficulties foster parents face within the foster care system, one must first know how the temporary parent role fits into the overall foster care structure. At that point, their responsibilities can be better understood and the challenges within their roles may be more effectively addressed.