Foster Care

Foster care is a state-run program to help and protect children. This program places children in foster homes, under the supervision of a licensed foster parent. While each situation is different, several common reasons for foster care placement include abuse, neglect, or an unfit or unsafe environment in the biological home. A foster parent is in charge of providing the child with food, clothing, shelter, safety, support, and care and concern.

Some children will stay in foster care long-term. For others, it is a temporary placement until their biological home is a safe and stable environment again. When the placement is temporary in nature, the biological parent may be given a detailed plan for self-improvement in order to regain custody. This could include anything from getting and keeping a job to entering and completing rehabilitation for an addiction. Sometimes reunification of the foster child with the biological parent isn't possible. When this is the case, the foster child can be adopted into a permanent forever-family.

To become a state-approved foster parent, licensing is essential. Each state has its own set of requirements. This will most likely include a home study--an intensive examination of the home life, family members, and finances--to make sure that each applicant is qualified.

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Foster Care Articles

You've passed your home study and are ready and anxious to bring a child into your family. If you're considering an older child adoption, then the first place to start the search for a child can be photolistings, which post pictures of kids up for adoption. As you scroll through photolistings, you'll find plenty of cute smiles showing off lost teeth and endearing bios that give you a peephole-glimpse into the child's personality. Although the bios can be a little sparse and by...

Foster Care Blogs

Forever Families
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A Home Filled with Love and...
As I sit here thinking this morning, I cannot help but bring focus on the huge need for foster parents today. There are...

Foster Care Forums

ARE we too old......
My husband and I have been asked to be the permanency option for our little 3 year old respite boy... My husband is...
What Should I do?
I haven't posted for awhile... our little kiddos went back to dad at the end of November. We have texted him a little...

Adoption Photo Listing

Nathn (KS / 14 / M)
Derrick, Nathan, Sierra and Ashley need a loving forever family! Derrick enjoys playing a good game of basketball or football! Derrick will need supports and assistance in place... [more]

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