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Foster Care - Department of Social Services

Information on Foster Care Services

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    • Children are placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect as determined by the juvenile court. 
    • Foster Care is intended to be a temporary out of home placement while families get the services they need to ensure their children will be safe. 
    • If, after a period of time mandated under the Adoptions and Safe Families Act, children cannot be safely reunited with their parents or other relatives, a more permanent arrangement may have to be made.
    • This can include an Independent Living goal for a child over the age of 16 or adoption. Social workers are assigned to work with children and their families to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.
    • Children in foster care are placed in local and State licensed resource parent (foster and adoptive) homes, group homes or residential facilities depending on the needs of the child.
    • Children can remain in foster care until their 21st birthday depending on their special needs and educational attainment.
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