Foster care is a safe place to be if a child cannot live with his/her family or on their own. Children enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, a family crisis, or the child’s acting out at home. Foster parents help children grow and feel good again by providing them with stability, affection, consistency, and nurturing.
Foster care is temporary; it is not meant to be forever. Children usually continue to visit their own families until they may be reunited. While the child is out of the home, Itasca County Health and Human Services is working to provide services so that the child can return to his/her parents.
If this is not possible, family members and other persons important to the child are contacted to see if they can give a permanent home to the child. Sometimes foster families are asked to provide permanent foster care or adopt the child in their care.