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.


Foster Care Articles

Free adoption is a colloquial way to refer to public or older child adoption. The term "free adoption" comes from the comparatively free cost of older child adoption to infant or private adoptions. Free adoption is not necessarily "free," but is usually supported by federal and state reimbursements and financial assistance that cover all adoption fees and expenses in public adoptions. This assistance depends largely on the special needs of the adopted child but can also take into...

Foster Care Blogs

Space for Older Foster Children:...
Rumor warned against becoming foster parents of older children while having younger children. That's the advice I'd...
Forever Families
One of the coolest things about the month of November is that it is National Adoption Month. I love that there is a...

Foster Care Forums

TPR/Appeal question
Our CW doesn't know the answer to this question so I entrust a knowledgable member of this forum will... So if TPR is...
Baby S moving to birth father
Father was identified through DNA testing. They are not waiting on ICPC study results. Judge turned over to father at...

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Lizeth (AZ / 10 / F)
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