Thursday, December 20, 2007

Another reason to do foster care

An initial reason for starting our blog was to track and document reasons for homeschooling. Over the years I've been surprised when finding yet another reason to homeschool.

Today a friend sent me a link about foster care. CNN reports that a study in Romania found "Toddlers rescued from orphanages and placed in good foster homes score dramatically higher on IQ tests years later than children who were left behind."

The CNN article continues with:

"The boost meant the difference between borderline retardation and average intelligence for some youngsters.
Most important, children removed from orphanages before age 2 had the biggest improvement -- key new evidence of a sensitive period for brain development, according to the U.S. team that conducted the research
."

The research found that on average a child place in foster care had a 10 point higher IQ.

We didn't start doing foster care with the intention of helping children improve their brain. It is a pleasant surprise to find that we are helping children in additional ways.


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2 comments:

Homestead Mama said...

Oh, you are foster parents? For the last couple of years, we have been talking about doing this - and a few months ago we took the required course. We are now waiting for the home evaluation to be done.... I am always interested when I hear of someone that is a foster parent!

Janine Cate said...

We've had our license about 4 months. In that time we've had 5 foster children come and go.