What is Foster Care?

What is Foster Care?

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BY: DAN CHIAPPETTA

As Julie Andrews would advise, let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start! Most folks have an idea already about this topic, but I think it’s an important starting point to define and explain what foster care is and what it looks like here in Racine County.

First, foster care, or out of home placement, defined by childwelfare.gov, is “…a temporary service provided by States for children who cannot live with their families. Children in foster care may live with relatives or with unrelated foster parents. Foster care can also refer to placement settings such as group homes, residential care facilities, emergency shelters, and supervised independent living.” Children come into the foster care system for various reasons, some of which include that their family or home is currently unsafe, the child might have special needs that their family isn’t able to provide care for and/or other circumstances that prevent their parents from currently providing care for them. Placing children into foster care allows their families to make the necessary changes so that they can be reunified.

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