Overview of Foster Care

Children without parents (or legal guardians) or who have been removed from parental care (or care of legal guardians) are generally placed in foster care. This section provides an overview of the foster care system in the United States including the history of foster care, the various types of foster care, its funding, information on becoming a foster parent, coming out of a foster home and much more. Please click on the links to know more:

  • Background and History : Learn about the origins of American foster care programs, the roles state and federal governments have played in regulating foster care, and more.
  • Foster Parent Requirements : In this section, you’ll find a list of common requirements for foster parents, including a clean criminal record, a regular source of income, and age requirements.
  • Types of Foster Care : Learn about the key differences between the two forms of care, the role each plays, and the recent expansion of kinship care.
  • Funding and Federal Programs : This section offers information on the sources of foster care funding and the relationship between federal and state governments.

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