Foster care is meant to be a temporary situation for children and their families. Sometimes children come into the foster care system due to neglect; for example, the mother cannot pay her water and heating bills or is not providing adequate medical care for the child. Other times, a child is placed in temporary foster care due to experiencing more significant types of abuse.
Initially, the court places the children in temporary foster care while trying to determine what is in the best interest of the child. In some cases, temporary foster care ends when the child is reunited with their family. In other cases, the court concludes that termination of parental rights is in the foster child’s best interest. Once parental rights have been terminated, the child becomes available for adoption. Termination of parental rights is not a decision which is made lightly; the Court, foster care workers, and other service providers work to provide services to parents which will rectify the situation that initially brought the child into care and allow the child to return to their home of origin.
Each situation is different from the next, but they all share one thing in common. Foster children need a family who will accept them as they are, love them without conditions, and work with the child to re-pattern life and coping skills. Feelings of grief and loss may accompany the termination of parental rights, which is natural and expected. An adoptive family is instrumental in helping the child grow into a healthy, happy, and productive adult.
We are looking for committed individuals and families willing to work tirelessly to have a positive impact on the life of a child. If that is you, contact us about becoming a foster and/or adoptive family at (989) 839-0534.
Children from foster care may be one or more of the following:
Older children (not infants; typically between the ages of 7 to 17)
Children who are part of a sibling group
Children of all races (however, a larger percentage are of minority heritage)
Children who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities