Foster care is a home setting in the community for children and adults who are unable to live independently due to physical, emotional, developmental or mental health impairments. The children and adults receive meals, support, supervision and some assistance with personal care and living skills as needed.
Types of Adult Care
Traditional Foster Care
The foster care provider lives in the residence and is the primary caregiver to clients in the home.
Corporate Foster Care
The foster care home is operated by a corporation with employees delivering services to clients.
Hybrid or Specialized Foster Care
The foster care provider lives in the residence but hires staff to help with delivery of services.
Types of Child Foster Care
These are homes that provide foster care for children that the parent may or may not know. While these foster parents are committed to actively supporting children and children’s parents’ efforts to reunify, they are also committed to becoming a permanent family for the children they care for, if safe reunification with the child's biological family isn’t possible.
Non-Relative Foster Care
Non-relative foster homes care for children that they do not know. These children are placed for a variety of reasons and usually do not have relatives that can take care of them.
Relative or Kinship Foster Care
These are foster homes that care for children who are related to them, or who have a close relationship to them.
Foster Care for Developmentally Disabled Children
These foster homes require additional skills and training in order to effectively provide care for developmentally disabled children.