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Study finds foster children being flogged

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2010 | 9:13 AM

The Study of the Foster Care Programme in Jamaica has found that many foster parents are hitting their charges.



But the affected children have accepted the punishment as normal especially since other children in their household were also being beaten.



The Convention on the Rights of the Child discourages all physical punishment.



However, many children do not know of their rights under the Convention or the Child Care and Protection Act.



It’s not clear how many of the children who are being beaten in foster homes are among those found to be having problems at school.



Of the 217 foster children surveyed, 38 per cent were involved in fights and quarrels with friends while 37 per cent cannot handle the schoolwork.



Only one-fifth of the children were doing well in school.



The study also found that the majority of foster parents are motivated to help their benefactors because of their love for children.



However it said many foster parents were uneasy because they felt the biological parents could come for their children at anytime.