A foster parent is a trained and licensed adult who provides loving support, guidance, safety, and stability to a child or children in the foster care system. Acting in the best interest of children, foster parents work closely and actively with numerous child welfare professionals. These professionals include Case Managers, child advocates appointed by the court, social workers, psychologists, physicians, education professionals, or other individuals identified as needed. These individuals work to achieve the ultimate goal of family reunification or other permanent placement.
Like the children they help to nurture, foster parents represent all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures and religions. They can be single, coupled or married; stay at home or maintain a job; rent or own their home; or have children of any age or none at all.
However, they must be financially and emotionally stable, responsible and willing to work as a member of a team.