WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
Foster care is when a child has been removed, through no fault of his/her own, from their home and family due to concerns for their safety; the child may have been abandoned, abused and/or neglected and is in need of a temporary home placement. Whenever possible, they live with relatives or non-relatives familiar with the child; when that is not possible, the child is placed with a foster family in a Licensed Foster Home.
A Licensed Foster Home is a temporary, safe place to live until the children can be reunited with their families. The children may live with a foster family anywhere from a week to a year or longer. An adoptive family is identified if the family cannot be reunified.
Today’s Foster Parents are individuals who have completed the training and requirements to provide a temporary, home-like setting for children, while their parents are working towards reunification. Children of all ages, races, and genders come into the Foster Care system. Some children may display challenging or complex behaviors with the right services, children can often deal successfully with their challenges. There is a special need for Foster Parents to care for teenagers and sibling groups.