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Encyclopedia > Foster parents

A foster parent is an adult guardian to whom one or more children have been legally entrusted to. Unlike godparents, a foster parent is rarely chosen by a child's biological parents. Foster parents are instead usually assigned by the government to look after children when cases of abuse or neglict are found to exist in the home of the biological parents.


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Requirements to Become a Foster Parent - Foster Care - New York State Office of Children & Family Services (2995 words)
However, physical handicaps or illness of foster parents or members of their household must be in consideration only as they affect the ability to provide adequate care to foster children or may affect an individual child’s adjustment to the foster family.
Foster parents who receive a higher level of board rate are required to actively participate in annual training.
Transportation provided by foster parents for visits to staff of an authorized agency, the foster child’s parents, siblings living with relatives or in a different foster or adoptive home, and meetings about the child may be reimbursed at a rate set by the county.
Foster Parents Considering Adoption: A Factsheet for Families (2207 words)
The foster family's role now includes not only acting as a support and mentor to the birth family to help the birth parents successfully reunify with their child if possible, but also to love a child and be open to having a permanent role in the child's life (Lutz and Greenblatt, 2000).
The biggest benefit of foster parent adoption for a child is the fact that the child does not have to move to a new family.
Foster parent adoption also benefits the birth parents in many cases by allowing them to know who is permanently caring for their children.
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