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

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

Tell me about kids who've been SA
Ok I need some wisdom from some of you BTDT folks. I am considering accepting placement of a 10yo girl who was...
Older child hygiene awkwardness...
So far, Storm has been doing worlds better since her med change. We haven't had a single violent or destructive...

Adoption Photo Listing

Mason (TX / 13 / M)
Mason is a friendly, active, and playful child with a zest for life. He really wants a forever family who will accept him into their lives. Mason enjoys fishing and riding... [more]

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