The primary goal of foster care is ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of the children served by the program. Foster care is the provision of a temporary home to children who cannot live with their parents due to abuse, neglect, or dependency. While the child is in foster care, caseworkers provide services and/or arrange for services to help the parents make the necessary changes to correct the conditions that brought the children into care and enable them to provide a safe and nurturing home. When returning home is not possible, the program provides alternative permanency placement through adoption or alternative guardianship.
The program provides three types of out-of-home care:
- Traditional foster care
- Specialized foster care for children with special emotional, behavioral, or medical needs
- Home-of-Relative care for the care of foster children in the home of their relatives.
Foster care is building relationships that last a lifetime.
Foster Parent Implementation Plan
Foster Parents are entrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of abused and neglected children. With this important trust comes certain rights, responsibilities and opportunities to be represented and to participate in representing foster families and children. Caritas has an Implementation Plan for The Foster Parent Law which is evaluated under the authority of the Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council every November.
If you as foster parents have questions, comments, concerns, and/or suggestions about what is written in the Implementation Plan, we ask and encourage you to contact us. Your input regarding this plan is important and will be considered when updating the plan each year.
Navigating the VTC (Virtual Training Center)
If you want to know the training requirements for becoming a foster parent or you are a licensed foster parent and want to know where to take more training, this video is for you.