A foster home is a temporary residence for a child in the U.S. foster care system. In these households, the foster child lives with an individual or family while the courts determine whether the foster child will be able to reunite with his or her birth family. There were just over 423,000 children in foster care September 30, 2009, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System estimates for July 2010. The average length of time spent in a foster home tallies over two years. However, a majority of children stay in the system about 15 months, according to the AFCARS report.
The placement of children in the foster system vary. About a quarter of children live are fostered by a relative. Just under half of foster placements are in homes with individuals who are not related to the child. Four percent of children live in a pre-adoptive home, 10 percent reside in an institution, six percent are cared for in group homes and the remaining children live in supervised independent living, trial home visits or have runaway.
Many children in the foster system will have special emotional, behavioral or physical needs that may require specialized attention. These children are likely to be placed in a therapeutic or treatment foster home in which the parents will receive training and supervision unnecessary for other foster parents.
To become a foster parent, one must pass a home study and may be required by his or her state of residency to complete a certain number of classes and training before fostering a child. For some states, basic foster care training requirements may be as small of a commitment as six hours or as many as 45.
Fostering a child is a means to provide a supportive and healthy household for him or her to live in while issues at his or her birth parent or parents' home and lifestyle are evaluated by the state. Although about half of children in foster care will be reunited with their birth parent or parents, a foster household will be instrumental in introducing a positive environment where immediate needs are met and the child can safely experience childhood in a way that may have otherwise been neglected.
Children rescued after abduction by dad from Braintree foster home
Two children state police said were abducted from a Braintree foster home by their father yesterday afternoon were rescued safe and sound late last night at a Connecticut convenience store, two hours after an Amber Alert was broadcast appealing to the public for help in locating them. It worked....Kids rescued after abduction by dad from Braintree foster home
Two children state police said were abducted from a Braintree foster home by their father yesterday afternoon were rescued safe and sound late last night at a Connecticut convenience store, two hours after an Amber Alert was broadcast appealing to the public for help in locating them. It worked....
Foster Home Caregivers Needed for Western Slope Veterans
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Grand Junction VA Medical Center is on the lookout for Medical Foster Home Caregivers for aging veterans across the Western Slope.2 children who were the subject of Amber Alert found safe in Conn.
Two children kidnapped from their Braintree foster home by their father were found safe and are back in Massachusetts.
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Hallelujah! Bio mom did not come to ENT appt.
May 11, 2013, 8:19 am
So after a lot of drama, she was a no-show. I am convinced she would have missed the EI assessment if it was not for them calling her from the appt. (She was 45 minutes late to that appt but she had to sign some stuff, why, I don't know, that is something I am still going to bring up with Help Me...Can I please just vent?
May 15, 2013, 8:37 pm
We thought our first placement was going to be a walk in the park and that there was no way we'd get TOO attached knowing for sure she was going to family out of state. WRONG. We were told by her former CW that she is FOR SURE going to relatives out of state.... Well, today I spoke to the...
First time taking a legally free child...questions!
May 9, 2013, 8:52 am
So, this is a very different experience...when taking a foster placement, there is always the awareness that they are not legally free, may not stay...and that you will have time to see if they are a good fit for your family. But, in the case of taking an adoptive placement...:eek: I am a...my nightmare - new baby :(
May 7, 2013, 7:53 am
I know that most people would be ecstatic to find out that there may be a new baby coming into their lives...but, through a random court case search, found out that our youngest has a sibling who is "on the radar." Called DSS - doesn't look like child is in a foster home yet. Not sure of sex or...