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

Before 1997, the adoption of foster children was a fraction of what it is now. The No. 1 goal of the foster care system is to reunite families, that part hasn't changed. However, the processing of adoptions and termination of parental rights has sped up considerably. Depending on the state you're living in, foster adoption may require prospective parents looking to adopt from a public agency to be approved as both foster and adoptive parents. These are sometimes facilitated by...

Foster Care Blogs

Forever Families
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Rumor warned against becoming foster parents of older children while having younger children. That's the advice I'd...

Foster Care Forums

New here... foster to adopt. Help!
My husband and I have been foster parents for a few years now. All of our Littles have returned home thus far except...
Anyone in the SW FL area?
Hi. Hubby and I are getting ready to start the process to be licensed for foster/adopt in SW FL. Anyone else in the...

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Pamela (LA / 15 / F)
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