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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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While foster parents and kinship caregivers are making a positive difference across Alberta, the Alberta government is always looking for more caregivers especially Aboriginal caregivers and those willing to care for older children.
07-1 (A) states that "At the initial placement, at any time during the placement of a child in foster care, and as soon as practicable after new information becomes available, the foster parent has the right to receive full information from the caseworker on the physical, social, emotional, educational, and mental history of a child which would possibly affect the care provided by a foster parent except for information about the family members that maybe privileged or confidential.
Maria Benitez, family resource supervisor at DCF's Worcester West area office, said the agency has a big need for foster parents for children of all ages.
8220;We believe that Foster Parent Financial Assistant will provide foster parents with a more consistent way to track the finances on the children in their care.
All foster parents in England now have to complete the Children's Workforce Development Council's workbooks scheme, which has been described as being almost as demanding as gaining an NVQ.
And the couple has provided a home for nearly 40 foster children - anywhere from a few days old to a couple of years - since being certified as foster parents in 1995.
For most Bulgarians the term foster parents sounds like a movie feature and means little.
In one study on foster parent training (Sanchirico & Jablonka, 2000), 77% of foster parents reported taking children to visits, 63% encouraged phone calls, and 51% supervised children's visits with birth family members.
Our goal was to determine if induced adoptions were possible, based on the hypothesis that a foreign chick placed in the failed nest of foster parents is treated as kin during the period of biparental care to explore if induced adoption could be used as a management strategy.
Risks within the foster home include physical abuse and neglect, failure to provide services to remedy developmental delays and/or physical and mental health problems, poverty and its attendant disadvantages, the stress that comes from a poor "match" of foster parent and foster child, and repetitively severed attachments as foster children move from home to home.
Because being a foster parent comes with such responsibilities, Sherry admits that she wouldn't suggest it to everyone.
Next Friend: The Journal of a Foster Parent is the true-life memoir of librarian, lawyer, and foster parent Anne Southworth, recounting how she and her husband took in the willful, argumentative orphan Nikki (not her real name) at age sixteen, cared for her, and prepared her for high school graduation.