The Purpose of Foster Care
Foster care exists to provide a family and their child(ren) with an alternative to living together in the unfortunate case that being in the same home is either unsafe or impossible. Foster care may also be used for children who are suddenly in the position of having no family or home. In either case, the goal of this agency is to assist the child with the reunification with its family-of-origin. In the case of a child or children whose parent's rights are terminated, Fostering Futures is committed to supporting and assisting those clients in the acquisition of an adoptive family. It is the belief of the agency that all children need a place to call home.
Specific reasons for the placement of a child in foster care include several different scenarios. Parents might be unable to care for their children due to illness, death, or economic conditions. There may also be situations of abuse or neglect that have required youth to be removed from the home. The parents and family may not be able to provide supervision or direction that is needed to keep the child(ren) out of a foster care placement. Such youth may be in a position to work towards reunification with other family members, and in that case, a foster care placement enables them to safely participate in family and community life until they can enter a placement with family. In these cases, youth may eventually be placed with extended family, who can be licensed as foster parents through Fostering Futures.