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  • Foster Parenting
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    Foster parents are essential partners of the state's services to children. DHS depends on foster parents to do the day-to-day parenting for these children until they can either return safely to their own homes or until an alternate permanent plan is found.
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
The main goal of the Adoption and Safe Families Act is to assure the health and safety of a child.
Engaging relatives in child welfare cases
DHS has revised the administrative rules regarding the engagement of relatives in child welfare cases.
Indian Child Welfare Act governs the placement of Indian Children who are in any out-of-home placement
Questions and answers about becoming a foster parent
Why should I become a foster parent?
Who can become a foster parent?
How does someone become a foster parent?
For more information call the State Foster Parent Inquiry line 800-331-0503
Types of foster care
Foster families, foster care provided by relatives, foster care for children with special needs and emergency shelter care.