What is foster care?
Foster care is temporary care in a safe, supportive and stable environment
for children who cannot live with birth parents until their birth parents
resolve their issues.
Who are the children in foster care?
They are children who are temporarily separated from their families due
to parental neglect, abuse or abandonment. They are children of all ages
and races. The children in the most need of homes are children with special
needs, including teenagers, siblings and children with emotional or behavioral
Like any other children, foster children need love and security. They
need loving, dependable adults to guide and encourage them. They have
a deep love for their birth parents, even though they have been neglected
or mistreated by them.
The bottom line is that children in foster care are like all other children,
but they have experienced or are currently experiencing a painful period
in their young lives.
How long is temporary?
A child's stay in foster care may be as short as overnight or as long
as it takes to achieve a permanent plan for the child. The first goal
most often considered is to reunite the family if possible.
Who are foster families?
Foster families are people who enjoy parenting and who are willing to
share their homes, time, energy and love with children who have special
needs because of abuse and neglect.
Able to provide for their own family's financial needs
Single, married, divorced, or widowed
Attend required training sessions
Are willing to work with the agency to meet a child's needs and
that the child has a permanent family by reunifying the child with
her birth family or, possibly through adoption.
What are the rewards of becoming a foster family?
A chance to use your talents and knowledge to help others
A feeling of joy and accomplishment
A rewarding experience
An opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child
Helping a child reach their full potential
Providing a better life for a child
Is foster parenting for everyone?