Bullying Prevention

The primary focus of Family Design Resources’ programs is permanency for children in out-of-home care. However, permanency values – belonging, inclusion, safety, status, connectedness – should extend to any environment in which people spend significant time, including schools and workplaces.

Outside of the home and family, children spend the majority of their time in school and adults in the workplace. School and workplace cultures should promote safety and well-being and guard against bullying. Bullying is behavior that is meant to harm or disturb; it occurs repeatedly; and it occurs between individuals who do not have equal power.

Foster or adoptive children are often perceived as “different” and may become targets of school bullying.

  • On any given day, nearly 160,000 children in the United States miss school because of the fear of being bullied.

  • Approximately 28 percent of children ages 12-18 have been bullied at school.

  • Children in foster care are considered to have “special health care” needs due to mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. There is an association between special health care needs and bullying.

  • Children in foster care may have fewer supports to deal with bullying.

Adult bullying shares many of the same characteristics of school bullying – repeated, purposeful and an imbalance of power.

  • Sixty-five million workers are affected by workplace bullying.

  • Perpetrators tend to be male and bosses are most likely culprits.

  • Adult bullying is prevalent in the education system.

  • Adult bullying ironically is an unexpected phenomenon within the “helping professions,” including social services professionals working on behalf of foster children and families.

Family Design Resources provides programs and services to address both school and workplace bullying.