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What is Foster Care?

Foster care is a temporary “foster” home that provides a safe, stable and caring home environment for children who become the responsibility of DCAFS. Although the goal is always to try and reunite the child with his or her family, this may not always be possible. Children may need foster care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly for years.

Foster families work with DCAFS staff as part of a team to develop a plan for each child in care. This plan could include helping a family towards reunification, assisting a child towards adoption or long-term permanent care.

The foster family’s aim is to provide a stable, nurturing and supportive home environment that will encourage the growth and development of a child.

Foster families state the age range and gender of the child or children they feel they can best care for. All efforts are made for the child and foster family to meet before a placement is arranged. Foster parents are provided with information on the foster child and the reasons why their home has been chosen. Foster parents have the right to decline a placement if they feel the match is not suitable or that the timing for having a foster child in their home is not right.

Through fostering, foster families have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for a child, to obtain professional development, to network with other foster parents through formal and informal events and to work as part of a team towards a common goal of enhancing the quality of life of a child.  Foster Parents also receive a non-taxable financial reimbursement that covers the cost of daily care for the foster child in their home.