Short-Term Foster Care

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This kind of foster care is intended to provide short-term care to children whose parents may be experiencing special or emergency needs of their own. This kind of care may be given when parents lose custody during the investigation of improper care but it is fully expected that the children will return home within a week to a few months.
There is often considerable contact with the family who are emotionally close to the children. It may also be an option when parents find themselves in a medical emergency with no other child-care resources. This latter can be seen as a formalized form of "kinship care" which, in former, more socially stable times, would have been done automatically and informally by the extended family.

Credits: Contributing author: Roger R. Fenton

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Jeany - 7 months ago
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Foster parents receive a form of economical help during the child's stay but that monetary help is NOT for services rendered. That monetary help is to maintain the child. Unfortunately the CPC nationwide is so under staffed and over worked that is hard to monitor how the foster parent is using that money. Unfortunately some use it on everything else but the child entrusted to their care. I know a person that on her very own she purchases everything separately for each child and attaches the receipts to a file folder she keeps for each child of the things she has done during the child's stay, like school papers, doctors appointments and various other things. The monetary help varies a grate deal and some states do not extend such help if the person fostering is biologically related to the child, something I think is the right thing to do and should be expected that either of the biological family of the child would care for them without expecting a hand out if the situation is temporary #1
Nikki - 10 months ago
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this is a great alternate for helping a young mother change her mind about abortion #2
Guest - 1 year ago
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why don't the people who open up thier homes to children in need of temporary foster care placement recieve any funds to help in the care of the needy children. #3
Sara - 7 months ago
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The stipend you get from our county in Colorado barely covers clothes, food, toys and gas to 3-4 weekly appointments they need to go on, it's laughable when people assume you make money fostering. We are currently not fostering because I am not working due to my pregnancy, and without my extra income we simply cannot afford to take any placements at this time. #4
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