Foster care is a vital part of every community. The primary purpose is to provide a safe, temporary placement for children who cannot remain safely in the home of their parent(s). Foster care is designed to be a temporary service, responding to crises in the lives of children and their families. There is an expectation that children who enter care will either return to their parents as soon as possible, or will be provided with a permanent, safe, stable, and loving family through placement with relatives or adoption.
During the time that the child is out of the home, Social Services provides reunification programs to the biological family so that the child can return to the parents’ home. In order to facilitate this, our social workers collaborate with Social Services to implement a plan for each child. If the child cannot be returned to the parents, a permanency plan will be implemented.
Foster families provide a safe, nurturing, stable, environment for children while the family is resolving the issues in their home, and working toward reunification.