Foster care is temporary care for children who cannot stay in their own home because of abuse, neglect, or dependency. Children are placed in homes that are licensed by the state.
Most foster children have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services by the court. However, a parent may voluntarily place his child in foster care if the family is in a crisis and the child is at risk. While the child is in foster care, the social worker and biological family are working towards reuniting the child with his family. Visitation is arranged between the child and his family.
In order to be a foster parent, a person must meet the state's licensure requirements. Foster parents must be at least 21. Each parent must attend thirty hours of training before the licensing process can begin. Several additional guidelines must be met.
If you are interested in being a foster parent, call 919-580-4034.