Foster Care

Temporary transfer of a minor to a government certified caregiver is commonly referred to as foster care. A child remains in such care until an adoption, permanent guardianship, or a return to their biological parents is granted by a judge.

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Foster Care

How do you choose a child care center?

Here is advice reprinted from a child care FAQ in the usenet newsgroup alt.childcare:

Finding the right kind of child care takes time. If possible, begin looking a few months before your child will need care. Allow several weeks for visiting different child care centers and family day care homes.

When looking for child care, it is important to visit a child care facility when children are involved in program activities. That will give you an opportunity to see if the children like the program and how they get along with program staff. This may also give you an idea of how well the program suits your child. If you find a facility you think is suitable, try to come back for a second visit and take your child. Does your child seem comfortable there? After the visit, try to find out from your child how he or she felt about the facility.

Before you visit any child care setting, you should call and talk with the family day care provider or center director to get some basic information.

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

What time do you open and close? How much do you charge, and when are payments made? Weekly? Monthly? Does the price include meals and snacks, or do I need to bring food for my child? How many other children are in your program, and what are their ages? Are your services and fees written down in the form of a contract or service agreement?

If you are uncomfortable with the answers to any of these questions, the facility is probably not the right one for you.

When you visit the facility, there are three main things you should look for to make sure the program is the right one for you and your child. These three things are: the caregiver, the children, and the space within the facility which is used for child care.

Look at the Caregiver

Can you talk easily with the caregiver? Are you comfortable with the person? Do you feel you can trust the caregiver? Does the caregiver seem to enjoy being with the children? Is he/she really listening and responding to them? Is the caregiver able to keep up with the children, or does he/she seem overly tired? Are the children supervised at all times? How does the caregiver discipline the children? Does the caregiver use a calm voice? Does he/she speak to the children on their own level? Does the program have written policies and procedures? If so, do parents receive copies?

Look at the Children

Do the children seem to enjoy being with the caregiver? Are the children given a chance to make choices? Are they able to "explore" on their own? Do the children seem to understand and follow the program's rules and routines?

Look at the Space Used for Child Care

Is the provider's child care license or registration displayed? Is it current? Does the program area look clean and safe? Do the children wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet? Are cleaning supplies, sharp objects, medicines, and other dangerous items put away out of the children's reach? Is there enough space indoors and outdoors so all the children have room to play? Is the outdoor play area safe? Is there enough heat, light, and ventilation? Are there fire extinguishers and smoke detectors? Are all toys and materials in good condition? Are they suitable for the children's ages? Can the children reach them easily? If meals and snacks are provided by the program, are they nutritious? Are they the kinds of food you want your child to eat? In general, does the program have a safe, healthy, and happy "feel" to it? Is it a place where children can be children?

If you can answer "yes" to all these questions after your visit, you probably found the right facility for you and your child. But you also have to listen to your instincts: if you feel uncomfortable with the facility for any reason, you should look for another one.

: You also want to be at a center that will have no problem with a parent dropping in to see their child unannounced. If you have to schedule a time to come and visit your child, you have to wonder what they might be hiding if they only schedule a parent visit at a specific time.

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How much money do foster parents get to foster a newborn baby?

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If you feel compelled to ask about how much money you will receive as a foster parent; you should not be participating in this area. The priority is the child's welfare, which is carefully monitored by the foster agency. You will receive enough money to meet the child's needs, plus some. Still, this is not about a family business, its about the appropriate development, nurturing, and an over-all maturation process to ensure a child's future. Its not about money.

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However, the reason I wanted to know a ball park figure is that I am raising my two grandchildren, keeping them out of the foster care system. I get a grant from the state to help me out, which takes care of the day care while I work and a small amount per month on top of that. They act as if they are paying me out of their pocket and I get a lot of grief from them. So my question about how much it pays was to determine about how much the state saves when someone steps up and takes the children instead of putting them in to foster care. I do firmly believe what you said however, if you are looking into doing this, the money you make should not be why you do it.

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This varies widely from state to state but the typical range is between $15 and $30 a day in total compensation. That compensation is not always in cash and may be a combination of food stamps, clothing vouchers and donated goods.

Something else to keep in mind is that these compensations are considered reimbursement. Meaning you are expected to front all of the expenses up front and may not receive anything in return for 4 to 6 weeks.

For example a child may show up with no extra clothing, you may be given $50 a month for a clothing allowance, you are not likely to receive your first $50 clothing voucher for 4 to 6 weeks after getting the child. So you would be fronting any clothing expenses the child needs and by the time you get more money for clothing it is likely to be time to buy something else with that money.

This is an issue that needs to be considered for all basic necessities like food, clothing, entertainment, school supplies, etc. Also note that you will not be reimbursed for any large setup costs such as furniture for bedrooms.

The only expenses you are not normally expected to cover will be medical as the child should be put on a state sponsored medical program, though in some states there may still be an up front and/or non refundable deductible that is out of pocket to the foster parent.

If a child has special needs (handicap, etc) there may be small allowances for additional unusual expenses but again these are likely to be reimbursed after the parent fronts the money and will often require receipts to prove the cost.

There are essentially two options with foster care, take in only one or two children, typically in addition to your own and do it purely out of love. You will lose money, so you will need to have enough income to cover the addition of more children into your life. The amount reimbursed is likely to barely scratch the surface.

The second option is full time fostering of multiple children. If you have the space to foster 6 to 10 children at once you may be able to leverage the reimbursements to cover all expenses. Food budgets can be stretched by making large cheaper meals at home, clothing budgets can be stretched with hand me downs and group events can be organized to help attempt to keep the children entertained at minimal costs. You still wont be making much that could be considered profit, but you might get by without a job of your own if you make fostering your full time activity.

If for any reason you are considering doing this for the money, realize you will be much higher paid operating a professional day care with private clients than what you will be getting as a foster parent even with multiple children. And foster parenting is 24/7, these kids aren't going home at the end of the day.

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How do you write a letter to the foster parents who has my child?

I suggest you contact the social worker who handles your case. They can give the letter to them. You may or may not be allowed to do this, depending on the stipulations of your case plan, which may require that you have no visitation except very specific monitored visitation until you've met certain requirements.

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Do foster parents get paid monthly?

In the US, foster parent and adoption assistance are administered by the States, so the rules and payment rates differ.

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Orphanages

Which are the main requirement to be considered to start a house of children how do you implement them?

There are different types of homes for children and for disabled adults. Normally group homes for children are agencies of the government which places these types of children, mostly delinquent children, in these types of homes and for a specific amount of time. The only other type of homes for children are foster homes, which can be started by any single or couple who are willing to become foster parents. Every state has its own rules by which this is done, so you will have to check with that state. Generally there has to be enough facility to hold a group of foster children, and the potential foster parents must undergo a background check and application process.

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What are the reasons foster kids leave their foster homes?

Foster Care Placement DisruptionsFoster children can leave a foster home for a variety of reasons. Foster care is intended to be a temporary home for a child until that child can be placed in a permanent home. The goal for a child in foster care is usually to be reunited with family. A judge can order that a child be reunified with the biological parents once they have completed their court ordered case plan.

Another reason a child could leave a foster home is to be placed in a kinship home. This is when a relative of the child comes forward to take in the child. Typically a home study and background checks must be done on the relatives before the child can be placed in their home.

Sometimes when a child is first placed in foster care there is not a foster home available to take an entire set of siblings. A child can be removed from a foster home to be placed with siblings in another foster home once one becomes available.

Disruptions in placements are sometimes because of behavioral issues. A child who has been abused, neglected and otherwise had an unstable life may have behavioral issues that are threatening or abusive to the other biological or foster children of the fostering family and even to the foster parents. The child's behaviors may be so extreme that the child needs to be placed in a thearaputic foster home or group home.

Although it is often portrayed in the media that foster families are abusive, it is not typical for a child to be removed because of abuse by foster parents. Children who are in foster care often have a variety of attachment and oppositional behaviors leading to false accusations. Even though it is rare, it does happen occasionally.

Sometimes uncontrollable circumstances prevent a family from continuing to foster, such as an accident or health problems, and must have the child removed from their home. There are times when a foster child is not able to "fit in" with a foster family and requests to be moved to a different home.

When a child is deterimined to have Native American heritage, a child may be moved to foster home that is recognized by the child's affiliated tribe.

When the goal of reunification is no longer percieved as attainable, the child can be transitioned to a preadoptive home when the foster parents are not willing or able to adopt the child.

When a child reaches a certain age (it varies by state) the child can become emancipated and establish their own independent living arrangements. Some children also run away from their foster homes.

Children can also be moved to another foster home if the agency or state who has custody of the child determines that a foster family is disruptive to the goal of reunification. A child can be removed from a foster family that does not maintain the licensing requirements for the agency in which they are fostering.

A Good Foster carer will know the benefits of discipline, structure and boundaries, a typical child in foster care does not understand any of these concepts and is used to punishment without reward, parents who give in rather than stick to principles and come and go as they please. Disruption can take place when the child cant take what is good for them and the carer cant enforce it.

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How many children enter foster care each year?

between 500,000 and 600,000

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How do you find someone in foster care?

i was in a foster life but then i change when i was in there but i still have a way to go

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How can you get put into foster care if your parent isn't abusive?

You can request foster care by going to your Children & Families and talking with a social worker.

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Foster care- what age does a babysitter have to be to take care of foster children?

Foster children often have bigger needs then others since they can have a tough background so I'm guessing at least 21 and preferably more. Babysitting is not even close to have a child 24/7 and the entire responsibility. But they will also look at how you live and if you have enough space etc before they accept you as a foster parent.

the person babysitting them must have a background check and in some cases must be licensed by the state

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What is foster parenting?

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Some adults abuse children, neglect,sexual,violent etc.. or engage in criminal or immoral behavior. Their children need to be accommodated away from the parents and the harm being inflicted upon them. This is usually with foster carers. When the parents change their behavior the child will be able to return to the parents. Parental responsibility stays with the parents. If the parents fail to demonstrate change then the authorities may permanently remove the child from the parents at which time they may be freed for adoption and parental responsibility moves to the new parents. Usually when a child is with foster carers the child will maintain some contact with the birth family as the aim should be to return a child to its parents so long as the child will be safe from harm.

AnswerWhilst you should not foster for the money, there should be generous payments to allow people to do it professionally and to not have to work on top of looking after a foster child. Many children who have been abused need to work through the issues and have a supportive rewarding person to help them through it. The work is demanding and emotionally draining and is not at all like having your own children.

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Foster care is the government taking a child from their family, some times for legitimate reasons, more times not, and placing the child in "foster homes" where people who generally are retired or do not work are paid on a per child basis to provide a "home like" environment.

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Can you have foster children and adopt from China?

Yes. As long as your home has room for foster children and they would be comfortable, then there isn't a problem with it. Just be sure you contact the social worker to let them know. ADOPTIONS are based on your ability to foster and your means; (room enough in your house, financial ability ect...) not so much on whether you already have foster children or any other children for that matter. As long as you meet the standards for adopting a child from China, I don't think you should have any problems. GOOD LUCK! ADR

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Who are Tarzan's foster parents?

The gorrilas

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Will you get put into care home if you get abused by your parents?

sometimes but not all the time

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Was Pete Wentz a foster child?

Heck no!

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How can you put your child in foster care will you have to pay?

Only a judge decides if there are reasons enough to put your child in foster care. Talk to a social worker. Foster care is not a miracle solution, it's just another family helping out if the child has serious problems or if the parent is unfit to take care of them. This is not a solution if your child is just unruly and you are tired of dealing with it. If you want to give your child up for a less serious reason the judge might find that you should not get him back. But the state will not charge you for taking your child. They will probably make you take parenting classes, and until you get the child back or they terminate your parental rights you could have to pay child support which is determined by your pay.

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Where do foster children stay when not adopted?

If none of these options are viable the plan for the minor may enter OPPLA (Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangement). This option allows the child to stay in custody of the state and the child can stay placed in a foster home, with a relative or an Independent Living Center or long term care facility (for children with development disabilities, physical disabilities or mental disabilities).

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How do you voluntarily place child in foster care?

In some states there is a window of time from birth to 1 year of age when a parent can leave a child at a safe shelter (fire department, hospital, police department) with no risk of prosecution. Other than that, if the parent abandons the child (including turning them over to Child Protective Services) without cause, they could be prosecuted for child abandonment. Check with your states Child Protective Department to see what your local laws are.

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Can someone in foster care get married at 16 to get out of foster care?

Yes, if you are a girl marrying an 18 or older (I don't know about the other way around), but be very careful that you do not marry for that reason only. This may sound old-fashioned and fairy-tale like, but it is true. Find your soulmate. My parents found each other after years of a painful relationship. After their spouses died, they did find each other and are very happy. They have been married 3 yrs now and still act like newlyweds (which can be embaressing sometimes (lol)) They relied on God to get them through. if you want me to go into more detail, ask on my message board : Seems a desperate measure to take to end a situation. Surely you could talk over any problems with your social worker and get independent living if you really want out of where you are.

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How can you get your Grandsons out of Foster Care?

If the case is still pending and the children are not postured for adoption, hire an attorney and request a placement hearing before the juvenile Judge. Be prepared for a home study, background check, drug tests, etc, etc, etc..... If you are elderly it is more difficult, just do your push ups and tell the Judge you expect to live to be 150!!!

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How much do Illinois foster parents get paid?

You do not get paid for being a foster parent you get reimbursed for child's expenses and they also receive a medical card so there is no medical bills that the family incurs. Getting paid for being a foster parent is the give and take relationship you achieve with your child.

In some states, foster parents are in fact paid a perdiem for each child. An average in Texas is $30 per day per child. This is meant to cover the child's expenses (other than medical) but it isn't reimbursed. It's paid to the foster family and they are expected to provide for the child.

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Why do children go into foster care?

Their parents are physically not able to care for the child because of many reasons. They may not have enough money to feed the child so a foster home cares for them until the parent is capable enough to care for the child. By DARCY! call 1800PHIL&DARCY

Other reasons children go into foster care include having been abused or neglected and being in a home where violence takes place. Keeping children in their home is the public policy priority if it's possible to do so while maintaining the child's safety and well being, but when it is not possible, children are placed into governmental care.

Here is a snipet from the website of the Child Welfare LEague of America about child protection. (7/23/09)

Child protection is keeping children safe from child abuse and neglect. This is the foundation on which child protective services (CPS) is established and should always be the first goal of any CPS response. The CPS response begins with the assessment of reports of child abuse and neglect. If CPS determines the child is at risk of abuse and neglect or has been abused or neglected, CPS should ensure the child and his or her family receive services and supports from the public child protection agency and the community.

http://www.cwla.org/programs/childprotection/childprotectionfaq.htm#whatis

because some children are being sexchly abused and can not do will at school

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Can you emancipate yourself from foster parents?

emancipation is only used if the living environment is rough. I've looked this up for my girlfriend. to amancipate someone is VERY dificult.

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What is the name of Hitlers foster child?

Hitler never had foster children or biological ones.

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How many children do not find homes in foster care each year?

When did the foster care system start

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