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What is Foster Care?
Foster care means the placement of a child into the legal custody or legal authority of a county department of human/social services for physical placement of a child in a certified or licensed facility. Foster care is intended to provide a substitute family for children for a temporary period of time, during which the family can work towards the goal of reunification. Foster care is not a punishment for behavior and children in foster care are not bad. Children in foster care may have a variety of behaviors as a result of being abused and/or neglected; such as differed appearance due to physical abuse (bruises/cuts, low weight), parent-like behavior, hoarding food, shy and reserved, very talkative, etc. Children and Youth may need foster care placements for a variety of reasons:
They have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused
They have been neglected medically, or educationally, or a parent fails to protect them from abuse or neglect
The physical or mental incapacity of their parent(s) creates an unsafe situation
They have been abandoned
The drug, alcohol, or other chemical abuse by their parent(s) has created an unsafe environment for the child
Youth in conflict
When a child has been deemed beyond the control of his/her parent(s)