Foster Parenting: The children
Children living in foster care may be infants, toddlers, preschoolers, grade school age, or teenagers. They also come from many types of backgrounds, cultures, and families. They are like other children, each with their own special personality, abilities, interests and potential.
Many children entering foster care have been hurt by abuse or neglect. These children may have higher needs related to these experiences, including the grief and loss of being taken from their families. There is a high demand for foster parents who can care for sibling groups, ensuring brothers and sisters can stay together. Families that enjoy working with teens and can guide them toward a positive future are also in high demand.
Helping Native American/Alaskan Native kids grow with a strong connection to their heritage is very important to us. Native American/Alaskan Native families who can share their cultures and traditions with Indian children are needed throughout the state. Special training and support may be available to you.
The importance of neighborhoods and community
Children in foster care are too often separated not only from their families but also from their friends, schools, and communities. By providing foster care, neighbors and other community members make it possible for a child to stay in the same school and participate in other regular activities such as sports, church, riding bikes with friends and visiting familiar places.