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Things to Consider

Responsibilities

Foster Parents:

  • Provide daily care and nurturing of children in foster care.
  • Advocate for children in their schools and communities.
  • Inform the children's caseworkers about adjustments to the home, school, and community, as well as any problems that may arise, including any serious illnesses, accidents, or serious occurrences involving the foster children or their own families.
  • Make efforts as team members with children's caseworkers towards reunifying children with their birth families.
  • Provide a positive role model to birth families, and
  • Help children learn life skills.

Adoptive Parents:

  • Provide permanent homes and a lifelong commitment to children into adulthood and beyond.
  • Provide for the short-term and long-term needs of children.
  • Provide for children's emotional, mental, physical, social, educational, and cultural needs, according to each child's developmental age and growth.
  • May become certified as a foster family and accept children who are not legally free for adoption, but whose permanency plan is adoption.