What is a foster parent?
A foster parent is an adult (or couple) who provides temporary care for a related or unrelated child or children, usually dependents of the court. Foster parents are licensed or certified in the state in which they live, and are usually paid a stipend to help with the costs of caring for the children in their home. Foster parents often provide care for children who are temporarily removed from their family of origin in a crisis, with a plan to return to their family once the crisis has been resolved. Some foster parents are prepared to adopt a child, or become that child’s legal guardian, if that child cannot return to the family of origin. Different states have different standards for foster parents. You should check with your local public child welfare agency, or a private agency that provides foster care, to find out what those standards are. For information on Kinship Center’s foster care programs, click here.
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