Many of us have heard about the foster care system … but what is it?

Foster care is a temporary living situation for children when they are removed from their biological parent’s care due to abuse, neglect, unsafe living environment, death of biological parent or voluntary placement.

When children are removed from their biological families’ home they are sometimes placed with relatives, a foster family or in group homes.

A key goal of foster care programs is to ensure that children live in stable, lifelong families, since secure attachment to at least one parenting adult is a crucial child developmental building block.

How long do children stay in foster care?

How long children stay in foster care depends on the situation with their biological family and what other options are available in their communities.

How long a child stays in the foster care system depends, for some children it can be a brief stay, for other children it can last one to three years and unfortunately, in some cases much longer.