This subject comes to mind after reading a recent news story about Artyom Saleviev. In the United States, the number of children in the foster care system is close to 500,000.
After being part of the Hansen family for 5 months, Artyom was put on a plane bound for Russia by his adoptive mother.
One-quarter of them are infants when they enter the system; 15% are age 3 or younger, some only infants.
The foster care system is imperfect, but it is a nested problem.Children who are secure have the benefit of responsive caregivers that meet their needs for food, safety, and affection.In adulthood, they can form lasting emotional connections with others.This theory, which has been substantiated by research, states that interactions with our initial caretakers determine our future capacity to build emotional bonds with others.By the age of 3 years, children are either secure in their attachments to their caregivers or insecure.