17 Sep 2014

Experts Use Science to Better Understand Foster Kids

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Experts are turning to science to find out what
needs to be done to reform Florida's child-welfare system. They are using
their research to understand what it really means to take a child from his
or her home.

Pete Digre, the deputy secretary of the Department of Children and
Families, says that kids who have been abused or neglected are more likely
to struggle with anxiety or depression. Because these events happen at such
an early age, a child's brain development can be greatly affected.

Digre says that there is an answer to these psychological problems: a
loving foster home.

He says that the role of foster parents is incredibly important. "For every
child, while we're working with the parents, they need to know that that
foster parent is there for them, 100%. That is their parent, and they will
take care of them, will nurture them, and they're committed to them."

With more and more children coming into the state system, Digre says thereis
is always a need for more foster parents.