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Foster care is an alternative to consider as a means of providing for your children if you become incapacitated for a lengthy period of time or if you die.

Foster care is the temporary care of a child by a person other than their own parent. Care includes appropriate food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment and education for the child.

Foster care can be in a group setting (such as a foster care home) or with an individual or family.

Foster care is NOT legal adoption.

Foster care is most usual in situations where it is required (for instance, if a person becomes an unfit parent). However, many states also have provisions for voluntary foster care.

Requirements for foster care vary from state to state.

For the advantages and disadvantages of foster care, click here.

For additional information about foster care, consider the following resources:

  • Your disease specific non-profit organization.
  • A social worker.
  • Your local welfare agency.
  • offsite link: Lists state foster care specialists, compiled by the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families. Contact your state specialist for agencies in your area.
  • offsite link Children Welfare League of America.
  • offsite link: Administration for children and families.
  • offsite link: General information on foster parenting.


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