Types of Foster Care

Types of Foster Care

When someone says ‘foster care’ what do you think of? Many people think of it in the sense of different kinds of media we see such as books, television shows, and movies. When we say ‘foster care’ it’s likely that people’s first thought is of group homes and don’t know about the different types of foster care. May is Foster Care Awareness Month, which is why we want to help teach more about foster care – such as the different types of foster care there is.


Emergency Care

Emergency care is when a child is placed into foster care with short notice. In most cases, emergency care is for short periods until other care can be arranged. Children may be placed into emergency care in order to save them from abusive situations but also due to family drug abuse, crime or death in the household.


Family Foster Home

A family foster home is a private foster home that takes place within a family setting. These homes are limited to a select amount of children per home as to not overcrowd the house and give a more family-like setting. Sometimes, children may be placed with other relatives which is called kinship care.

Family foster homes are a great type of care as the youth will be placed in a family setting meaning they will be taught family values as well as can receive the love and care that they need. These homes are not a facility – they are a real house with real families. In fact, often times the family may have biological children of their own living there.


Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic foster care is foster care designed with the needs of children with special behavioral and emotional needs. With therapeutic foster care, children will have access to psychiatric consultations and group/individual therapy.

When a child has special behavioral and emotional needs, they need to have constant access to support. By being in therapeutic foster care, the child in need has a constant outlet of support. These homes have staff on hand that know how to deal and resolve these issues – meaning the children are in good hands.


Group Homes

A group homes provides foster care to multiple youths with 24/7 staff on hand at all times. Many group homes offer multiple services to their kids such as group and individual therapy sessions as well as guidance counseling and tutoring. Group homes are the ‘stereotypical’ thought that comes to mind when people think of foster care.

There are more to these homes than meet the eye. Children are often placed in one of these homes while waiting for a ‘forever’ home. While staying at a group home, children have access to counseling, social interaction with other children as well as other services including tutoring and career training. There are multiple types of group homes each with their own structure, supervisions and services.



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