The purpose of foster family care is to provide healthy and supportive homes for children in need, from birth to age 18.
Friendship House’s foster care program recruits, trains, approves and supports families to provide temporary, substitute care for children in need due to abuse, neglect, deprivation, abandonment and/or a guardian’s inability to care for a child. The children are referred through county children and youth agencies.
An approved foster family provides safety, nurturance and day-to-day care for the child placed in their care until the child can be reunified with his/her birth family, be placed with a kinship or adoptive family or emancipated. Friendship House staff work closely with the foster families to identify and meet the needs of the children. The foster children have medical insurance, and the foster families receive a daily subsidy to assist with expenses.
The ultimate program goal is to prepare children and birth parents for successful reunification whenever possible.