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Foster Care in North Dakota

Caring for children is every society's most important job. Foster care is a service that provides care for children who cannot live with their own families. Licensed foster homes provide the child with a substitute family for a temporary period of time to provide predictability, nurturing and safety for the child. The goal of foster care is to create permanency for the child and whenever possible, to reunite the family.

Children of all ages need foster homes because of all kinds of problems. They may be abused, neglected or abandoned. They may have serious mental, physical or emotional problems, and some may even be returning to a family setting after hospitalization. Foster parents, while working as a team member with social services staff and other professionals, provide the support needed by the child to thrive physically, emotionally, and socially.

If a child can't go home, foster families provide care and stability for children who are waiting for relative care, adoption, guardianship, or some other supportive setting. Foster families also help prepare older adolescents for the day when they will be out on their own, living independently.

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