Foster Care staff work with children who are placed with the department as the result of an order issued by the Family Court for many reasons. The agency places these children in certified foster homes. Individuals who have been trained and licensed to care for foster children operate the homes. The foster care unit monitors placements that are made in foster homes, group homes ,residential schools, hospitals or other institutional placements. This unit is also responsible for the recruiting, interviewing and licensing of foster and adoptive families.
Children are placed in foster care for many reasons including Child Protective issues such as:
· victims of sexual and/or physical abuse
· neglect due to poor living conditions
· failure to provide medical care
· parental drug and/or alcohol abuse
· abandonment and for other behavioral issues such as:
- poor school attendance/truancy
- behavior problems
- child drug and/or alcohol abuse
- delinquent behaviors.
Children are maintained at the least-restrictive level of care possible that will meet their needs including:
· traditional family foster home
· therapeutic family foster home
· group home
· residential facility