Who are children in foster care?

Children in foster care come from all age groups, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and home settings. All of them need loving homes and stability to thrive.

Foster care families offer a stable home for these children. With a safe place to live and the help of caring adults, children in foster care get the attention, support and love they need.

Why are kids taken from their homes?

Children in foster care have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and were removed from their homes to be placed in a safe environment.

Children in foster care are often confused about what is happening to them and why. Their lives have been turned upside down. Often, they have no one else to turn to and are distrustful of adults in their lives. They’re in need of extra support and caring to help them through a difficult time.

Where will my foster or adoptive child come from?

Once the Department of Child Safety identifies that a child is in danger and needs to be removed from their home, they are eligible immediately to be matched with a foster home to provide temporary housing. Children who are in need of a foster or adoptive home may also come from another foster home that isn’t able to continue to care for them, or from a group home or other care facility.

Do all children in foster care have physical or emotional disabilities?

Children in the foster care system have a range of backgrounds and abilities. All have experienced trauma, and some have physical or emotional disabilities. All of them have unique stories and are deserving of love.

If you’re considering foster or adoption, your licensing agency will help you determine the right age range and needs of children that your family can best care for. Some families are prepared and ready to care for children with more significant needs, some are not. An agency will focus on preparing your family to ensure the best chance for success.

Are you considering opening your home up to a child in foster care? Learn more about the process and what to expect.