Our children come from families who are in crisis, thus they need the consistency of a caring home until they can be reunited again with their families, placed with relatives, or adopted. Your ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment as a foster parent is priceless to a child in need of stability and emotional safety. Adoption, on the other hand, is a legal, lifelong commitment to a child.
Respite care is another voluntary service that can be offered by licensed foster families that helps aid the goal of family preservation. The program offers planned or emergency, short-term, out-of-home care for families who have a child at risk of an out-of-home placement, or for families who need relief for a short time in order to be able to parent a child on a permanent basis. Respite is also sometimes used by foster parents for a child in their care. Respite can provide opportunities for birth parents or guardians to establish a relationship with the respite provider in order to exchange information about the child’s needs and to improve parenting skills.
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