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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families

Division of Family Services

Foster Care Responsibilities

Foster Parents

  • Participate as a member of the child protection team
  • Meet developmental needs of children in care
  • Provide safety, well-being, and placement stability
  • Work effectively with primary families to promote reunification
  • Promote lifelong connections and permanency

Foster Families care…

  • About children who have abused, neglected, or abandoned…and who have gone through the pain of separation from their families. Foster parents give children the support they need to grow physically, emotionally, educationally, and socially.
  • About the families of children in care whose parents are overburdened and may have problems with addictions, parenting skills, relationships, or legal difficulties. Foster families respect the bonds between children and their parents and siblings. Often foster parents become role models and supports for birth parents while they struggle to make changes in their lives so they can be reunited with their children.
  • About the right of every child to belong to a family which loves them and keeps them safe. Foster parents participate as team members with social workers and counselors to plan for the child’s return to his/her own family… or when that is not possible… to plan for the child to move onto adoption or another permanent living arrangement.

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