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

As a foster parent, one is in a unique position as a caregiver who is not legally a foster child's parent and with no promise of the child being adoptable but who must care about the child and his or her needs. The average child in foster care is between the age of seven and nine. About 50 percent of these children are pending reunion with their birth family. Because of the circumstances that led to the child's placement in the foster system, many foster children may exhibit...

Foster Care Blogs

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...
The Outside Looking In
My daughter met a new friend last year towards the end of the  school year in the after school...

Foster Care Forums

Frustration... Update on FFKs
Today I found out a bit about Ruby and Sapphire (read: I was offered placement again). Some of you may remember, they...
Question about kinship and new baby
We have a family member that had her 2 sons put in kinship care when the baby's leg was broken by her boyfriend.(who...

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