In this chapter Ed Rohs compares his experiences growing up in care in the 1950s and 1960s with the experiences of children in care today, detailing changes for the better that have been instituted in recent years, while acknowledging the efforts of women and men in religious orders who worked under trying circumstances with limited budgets when he was a youngster. The chapter describes the dramatically improved conditions at St. Vincent's Home since Ed's graduation and emancipation from care, and improvements overall that acknowledge that there is no one “answer” to society's efforts to effectively raise vulnerable children. The chapter describes how efforts on the behalf of this population include foster boarding homes and group foster homes that have in large part replaced institutional homes; physical and programmatic renovations of institutional homes; the development of professional teams, including childcare workers, social workers, and clinicians to work with each child; educational reinforcement; family involvement; specialized services for distinct populations; subsidized adoption and kinship foster care; allowing relatives to become foster parents; preventive programs to restore family functioning to avoid foster care. This chapter also lists Rohs awards and commendations.
Keywords: St. Vincent's Home, foster boarding homes, group foster homes, institutional homes, educational reinforcement, family involvement, family adoption, subsidized adoption, kinship foster care, Ed Rohs awards
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