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foster care,

generally, care of children on a full-time, temporary basis by persons other than their own parents. Also known as boarding-home care, foster care is intended to offer a supportive family environment to children whose natural parents cannot raise them because of the parents' physical or mental illness, the child's behavioral difficulties, or problems within the family environment, e.g., child abusechild abuse,
physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child's welfare. Physical abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result of a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.
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, alcoholismalcoholism,
disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is the most
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, extreme poverty, or crime. Such children are usually wards of the state. They may be placed by a state-approved agency in group homes, institutions (such as residential treatment centers), or with families who receive some payment toward care. The child's parents may retain their parental rights, and the child may ultimately return home. Under permanent foster care the agency has guardianship; the child may then be available for adoptionadoption,
act by which the legal relation of parent and child is created. Adoption was recognized by Roman law but not by common law. Statutes first introduced adoption into U.S. law in the mid-19th cent.
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 by the foster parents or others. Foster care can also provide a supervised setting for adults with mental or emotional disabilities who cannot care adequately for themselves. The concept of foster care has been extended in recent years to include care for elderly persons, on a fee basis, in the homes of people who are not family members.
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His behavior became increasingly angry and openly defiant, and his foster mother considered having him removed from her home.
The second foster mother also made a living out of this occupation.
However, based on the interview data, it seems that in the process of redesigning the system, the state, under the disguise of better services delivery, has used this as an opportunity to download services that were traditionally carried out by social workers onto the lesser paid foster mother, while supposedly instituting "inclusive care.
In the event, the reply was not written until after the conclusion of the care and placement order proceedings (eight days after the review) and not received by the foster mother until after the adoption panel had recommended a match for A with approved adopters.
A SADISTIC foster mother who abused three children for nearly two decades was jailed for 14 years yesterday.
A foster mother was found guilty yesterday of subjecting three young children to a "horrifying catalogue of cruel and sadistic treatment".
WHEN I first became a foster mother 40 years ago rumour soon spread that I was doing it for the money.
Foster mother Stacey Heywood, aged 21, will take part in the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards tonight staged at the London Television Centre.
Los Angeles County supervisors authorized a $10,000 reward in the abduction of a baby at a Palmdale park from her foster mother.
Noone strikes up a phone and letter relationship with the lad and his foster mother Donna (Toni Collette).
A MERSEYSIDE foster mother spoke out today after being banned from seeing the toddler who calls her mummy.
A Newcastle inquest heard how Paige's foster mother Yvette Kelly went to check as she had been unwell and found her by an empty packet of pills.