Alarm at number of siblings in care

Dominion Post 19 Oct 06
A family of 11 brothers and sisters all in foster care has alarmed experts, as new figures show more than 850 families have three or more children in care of the state. Two families have nine children in foster care, 10 have eight in care, and another 10 families have seven in care.Children in foster care often suffered emotional and behavioural problems from failing to form strong relationships. Research by Canterbury University’s Michael Tarren-Sweeney published this year found more than half of children in foster care had significant psychiatric disturbances, including attachment difficulties, relationship insecurity, anxiety, conduct problems, and inattention or hyperactivity. There were 5888 children living in foster care in the past 12 months.

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