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What is Foster Care?

Why #LoveUp Serves Foster Children

What is Foster Care?

Many of us have heard about the foster care system … but what is it?

Foster care is a temporary living situation for children when they are removed from their biological parent’s care due to abuse, neglect, unsafe living environment, death of biological parent or voluntary placement.

When children are removed from their biological families’ home they are sometimes placed with relatives, a foster family or in group homes.

How long do children stay in foster care?

How long children stay in foster care depends on the situation with their biological family and what other options are available in their communities.

How long a child stays in the foster care system depends, for some children it can be a brief stay, for other children it can last one to three years and unfortunately, in some cases much longer.

The goal for a child in the foster care system is usually reunification with the birth family, but may be changed to adoption when this is seen as in the child’s best interest.

Placing foster children in stable families with secure attachment to at least one parenting adult is crucial for childhood development.