"The Sale of the Child Slave". Vasily Vereshchagin, 1872.
The foster family as a for-profit institution does not work, said Oleg Barsukov, an attorney of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, speaking to the delegates of the Third Congress of the All-Russian Parents’ Resistance organization (Russian: RVS), which took place on April 15 in Moscow, Rossa Primavera News Agency reports.
The attorney drew attention to the fact that the institution of paid family care, widely introduced recently in Russia, has existed in the United States for a long time, and it has showed a number of fundamental shortcomings. For example, children raised in the foster care system “tend to experience enormous difficulties in socialization, because they have an extremely low level of education, and they lack necessary skills”. The same has been observed in Russia: children raised by paid parents “experience enormous difficulties at the workplace and in family life” due to the fact, that their social skills were formed in a family run as a for profit institution, and not as in a true family, argued Barsukov.
The human rights activist stressed that the All-Russian Parents’ Resistance organization (Russian: RVS) does not in any way oppose foster parents and foster families as such; the organization provides them with appropriate assistance, when necessary. The All-Russian Parents’ Resistance organization (Russian: RVS) acts only “against the preferential treatment of paid care systems at the expense of the legitimate interests of the child’s natural relatives.”
Through preferred financial support of foster families at the expense of the child’s actual relatives, the existing system creates the environment for a childcare “market”. This often leads to children being taken away from loving, but poor parents, with their subsequent placement into paid families.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency