Foster parents kept away by a system where kids are not yet at its heart
- Category: Child protection propaganda
- Created: Thursday, 09 November 2017 22:22
- Written by Maria Pace - Malta Today
Social worker Daniella Zerafa says before children are taken out of home care, the biological family are given multiple chances to remedy the domestic situation. When a decision is reached, 'the child would have suffered significantly'
Malta’s fostered children are suffering from uncertainty when taken in by their carers, because of a complex decision-making process.
Dr Daniella Zerafa, a social worker who has fostered three children in the last six years, says children considered for foster care are not yet at the centre of the decision taken to move these children into stable homes.
“Although removing a child from their biological family should be the last resort, they should not suffer the consequences of waiting… Children should be in the centre, their voice should not be muffled by any other voices in this process,” Zerafa said, in a doctorate she presented to a fostering conference where she urged policy-makers to give foster children permanence, rather than constant change and questioning.