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Foster Care

Foster care is temporary substitute care for children who cannot remain safely in their home as determined by the Court. Child placement services shall be provided to any child in the custody or placement responsibility of a County Social Work Services. Placement of a child in foster care requires assessment of the child and family's needs and careful planning.

The placement process focuses on the whole family rather than only on the child in placement. The child, the family and the foster care providers shall be appropriately prepared for the placement prior to the physical move of the child, except in emergency removals.

Child placement needs are evaluated, arranged, maintained and supervised in licensed or Court-sanctioned placement, with services to assist in reunification or another permanent plan for the child. The agency provides services in conjunction with the community are community-based, culturally competent, child centered and family focused.

Families for Kids goals:

  • Community-Based Family Support
  • One Coordinated Assessment
  • One Social Work Team
  • Single Stable Placement
  • One Year To A Permanent Home

Foster Care Services Include:

  • Careful planning and decision making with the family about placement, when necessary
  • Assessing children's needs to ensure appropriate placement and services
  • Preparing the child, the child's family, and the foster family for separation and placement, including negotiating and preparing visitation agreements
  • Developing and arranging community-based services to support the child and family
  • Collaborating with other community service providers working with the family to ensure continuity of services and to prevent duplication of services
  • Referring the child and family to needed services, including clinical treatment
  • Assessing family strengths and needs to determine the appropriate plan for service
  • Working with the family to develop and implement the Family Services Case Plan
  • Concurrent permanency planning with the family to develop alternative options to provide a permanent home for a child should reunification not be possible
  • Providing counseling to the child and family to help the child and family cope with the grief resulting from the separation and placement
  • Arranging medical examinations and other services for the child
  • Supervising foster care facility to ensure that the child receives proper care during placement
  • Providing transportation for children in foster care when needed and not otherwise available, including visits with parents, siblings, and relatives
  • Providing independent living services to assist older youth in learning life skills necessary to make a successful transition from foster care to living on his or her own