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Foster Care Terms to Know

A variety reasons motivate people and families to adopt a child or children out of orphanages and foster care and raise them as their own children. Among those reasons are the medical inability to have children and a desire to bring the feeling of a family to another individual. Below are some terms to be familiar with when preparing your family for the adoption process.

  • Addiction – The state enslaved to a habit or practice. In many cases the statistics state that a large part of mothers who gave up their children were battling narcotics addictions.
  • Narcotic – Any of a class of substances that blunt the sense, such as alcohol, opium and cocaine. The rate of newborn addictions is startling. Newborn children are born addicted to narcotics because they pick up the drug in the womb from their mother.
  • Clinic – A place for the treatment of nonresident patients at low cost. Often young mothers get treatment and information provided to them about pregnancy as well as giving adoption consent at clinics.
  • Orphanage – An institution or organization for kids without parents.
  • Foster – To bring up or raise. Often foster care is a temporary guardian for kids who are looking for permanent homes and families. For the service they provide foster parents are provided with payments by the state’s child welfare program.
  • Welfare - A governmental agency service that provides funds and aid to people in need including state dependents such as children. Children leave the state welfare program for kids at the age of eighteen nationwide.
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    227 N 4th St Ste 201, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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    (360) 336-1610
    User Review: "I have learn more things on this site then the state of washington would help me with." - Christine (WA)
    Foster Care Resource Network
    7829 Pacific Ave Apt A, Tacoma, WA 98408
    Offering support and mentoring to those interested in becoming a licensed foster or relative resource family. We offer training, family activities and a clothing bank for those in need.
    (253) 473-9252
    Crestview Group Home
    1430 Sunset Pl, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    (360) 424-5584
    October House
    520 Hemlock Ct, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    (360) 378-4602
    Cocoon House
    521 E Highland Dr, Arlington, WA 98223
    (360) 435-6061
    Silver Lake Group Homes
    1310 112th St Sw, Everett, WA 98204
    (425) 347-4082
    Edmonds Group Home
    21110 80th Pl W, Edmonds, WA 98026
    (425) 778-6744
    State of Washington Juvenile Rehabilitation
    20811 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
    (800) 933-9122
    Barclay Group Home
    5027 Ne 188th St, Seattle, WA 98155
    (206) 365-9767
    Nellie Goodhue Group Homes
    1707 N 125th St, Seattle, WA 98133
    (206) 362-5724
    Inglewood Group Home
    7845 Ne 195th St, Kenmore, WA 98028
    (425) 483-1141
    West Sound Youth for Christ
    3550 Po Box, Silverdale, WA 98383
    (360) 779-9929
    Bethany Christian Services
    12360 Lake City Way Ne Ste 301, Seattle, WA 98125
    (206) 367-4604
    Bedford Group Home
    12461 Ne 173rd Pl, Woodinville, WA 98072
    (425) 488-7764
    Brookhaven Group Home
    17235 126th Pl Ne, Woodinville, WA 98072
    (425) 488-8877

    Foster care services are generally intended to be short-term housing solutions for children of all ages, who have been displaced from their home. When a minor is made a ward of the government, because they have been given up for adoption or taken away from abusive parents, the child may stay with a foster family on a temporary basis until a permanent housing placement is made. Reunification with the child's biological parents, legal adoption, and permanent transfer of guardianship are all considered permanent placements in the eyes of the government. Minors who have been referred to a foster care agency are usually monitored by a social worker from the human services department in their particular state. This system ensures the child is receiving the proper support, protection, and day-to-day care from an upstanding family until a permanent situation becomes available. Foster parents require state certification, and will usually receive a stipend from the state or from a charitable foundation for their services. While the minor remains in foster care, all legal decisions pertaining to his or her wellbeing is made by the state, via the child protection agency. A child may voluntarily or involuntarily go into foster care for a number of reasons. If the biological parents are undergoing addiction treatment in a rehabilitation program, are deceased, or simply unwilling to care for a minor child, the said minor may then be placed in the private home of a state certified caregiver. If the biological family can overcome their problems and prove that home life has changed for the better, the state may grant reunification.
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