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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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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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* All children living in the foster home and all adult caregivers would be required to have up-to-date vaccinations, unless their primary care physician recommends otherwise.
"At the moment we have seven dogs in foster homes, one of which is our gorgeous Border Collie, Spike, but if there are more local dog lovers who want to help out and would like to welcome a canine companion into their home, we would love them to get in touch so we can help even more dogs like Spike.
"Summer makes this very difficult because we have almost no foster homes available, we try and help by taking on pets that are being left behind by their owners moving abroad, and we want to help with these dogs that we feel may die of sunstroke or dehydration over that period.
"Research confirms ill and injured veterans are highly satisfied and experience a higher quality of life living in a Medical Foster Home."
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon on Friday, claimed the DHS negligently placed a 13-year-old boy with a history of domestic abuse in the same foster home as six other children in October 2014, five of whom were below the age of 10. Among those five were the victims - aged seven and five years respectively at the time.
Chloe said: "He's a large dog, but he just reminds everyone at the centre of Scooby-Doo and we hope he'll find his gang of mystery solvers soon, or a very good foster home."
The note on the Omani Paws Facebook page said, "Five orphan puppies were brought to OPR last night they are at Capital Vets for now, we need FOSTER homes for them ASAP or unfortunately we have no choice but to let them go in peace!"
Moody explained how the foster home squeeze overall can contribute to keeping children in psychiatric hospitals longer, which can cost $650 a day just for that child's room and board.
Kate Needham, who runs Hope Rescue's foster and adoption team, is appealing for local foster homes this Christmas.
Without enough stable foster homes, children in care risk being moved around or not being placed in the family that is best for them, with siblings often being split up.
The watchdog confirmed complaints about children's residential centres and foster homes came from a range of sources including parents, foster carers, relatives, members of the public, staff, advocates and children themselves.
Put simply, Massachusetts has a critical and pressing need for more foster homes and adoptive parents.