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

It's estimated that as of July 2010 there are about 425,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, and about 25 percent of those children are waiting for adoption. Although the children in foster care are of ages ranging from under a year to 20 years old, the average child is nearly 10 years old and will stay in the foster care system for just over two years. If you're looking to adopt an older child, then you'll probably need to adopt a child who is in foster care or you may...

Foster Care Blogs

The Outside Looking In
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Forever Families
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Foster Care Forums

Update/TPR baby
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Latour (VA / 17 / M)
This duo will enchant you! Latour and Dominique are an African American brother and sister team, and they want to grow up together in a permanent family. They both sport beautiful... [more]

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