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Foster Home Purposes

Foster homes serve different purposes. The foster family and the agency staff determine the type of foster care for a child based on the special needs of the child and how well the child will match with the foster family. Several types of foster care options are available through agencies in North Dakota.

Regular Foster Care for Children
Most children in care in North Dakota are in regular family foster homes. Placement may last from a number of days to several months. The child attends school in the community while participating with the foster family in their daily activities.
Contact: County Social Services
Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic foster parents receive extra training and supports as children in therapeutic care often have additional behavioral or emotional needs. The child may transition into a regular foster home after behavioral and other issues are stabilized. The average length of stay is 8-9 months.
Contact: PATH (Professional Association of Treatment Homes)
Shelter Care
Foster homes providing shelter care may have a succession of children in their home from a very short stay of 1-2 days to 30 days. Families that decide to provide shelter care must be prepared for a great deal of flexibility as children come and go from their homes.
Contact: Human Service Centers, Youthworks
Foster/Adoptive Care
This foster home provides care for a child who is waiting to be adopted by the foster parent. The child maintains continuity through remaining in the foster home until the adoption process is completed.
Contact: Licensed ND Adoption Agencies
Unaccompanied Minors Program
Foster care is provided for youth arriving from other countries or cultures through the Unaccompanied Minors Program. Foster homes, primarily in the Fargo area, help youth adjust to a new country while providing the support of a family setting. Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is the agency providing this service in North Dakota.
Contact: Lutheran Social Services


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