Foster care is the term for a system in which a child who has been made a ward of the court is placed in the home of a certified and trained caregiver referred to as a “foster parent.”
Responsibilities and Reimbursement
The state, via the dependency court, and the child protection agency stand in loco parentis to the child, making all legal decisions while the foster parent is responsible for the day to day care of the child. The foster parent is reimbursed by the state for their services.
Foster care is intended to be a short term situation until a permanent placement can be made:
- Reunification with the biological parent(s) when it is deemed in the child’s best interest
- Permanent transfer of guardianship