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

Foster children waiting for adoption can be found on foster adoption photolistings. These children are currently in foster care and their parents have already terminated their legal rights to the child. According to the 2009 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, the average child in the foster care system were nearly 10 and had been in the system for an average of over one to two years. About a quarter of the children in foster care were waiting for adoption in...

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...
Words I Hate to Say
Five months ago our life exploded. We went from being just the two of us for five years, to being all four of us in...

Foster Care Forums

Sexual comments?
Anyone ever had a placement that was highly sexual? For example on the daily will talk about sex... He didnt want to...
Out of state now
Contemplating. My wife and I adopted in Texas just last year. We also just moved out of Texas two months ago. We...

Adoption Photo Listing

Anthony (FL / 16 / M)
Anthony is an energetic child with a sweet smile. He enjoys P.E. and math in school. His interests are music and drawing. He would like to be a fireman when he grows up. Anthony... [more]

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