Family Foster Care
Programs that identify and enlist people who are willing to provide foster care for dependent children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment and need an alternative family living arrangement, or for children or adults with developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, emotional problems or multiple disabilities who are unable to live with their birth families or in an independent setting. Programs that recruit families to provide foster care for children and adults with disabilities are generally also responsible for training, certifying and monitoring placements in family homes and for providing support for the family and the individual(s) with disabilities who live with them.
Children who are placed in foster boarding homes are subject to standards set by state laws and regulations governing those homes. According to the regulations, a home study must evaluate the prospective foster parentΓÇÖs ability to address a childΓÇÖs health and safety. Foster boarding homes must be in compliance with criteria concerning physical condition, safety, resources, character, motivation, and willingness to cooperate with the agency or district in providing services needed and carrying out the permanency plan. The prospective foster home must be evaluated and determined to meet basic physical, health, and safety requirements. A Foster Care Recruiter will visit prospective foster parents at home and collect detailed information about the applicants as well as other household members and potential caregivers for the child.
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Each foster parent must be over the age of 21; Complete an orientation and training; Provide a written report from a physician on the health of a family, including a complete physical examination of the applicant, must be filed with the agency initially and biennially thereafter.