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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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    Bethany Christian Services Modesto
    3048 Hahn Drive, Modesto, CA 95350
    Bethany Christian Services California offers adoption services in the United States and internationally. We offer California adoption services, foster care, international adoption services.
    (209) 522-5121
    Northern California Family Center
    2244 Pacheco Blvd, Martinez, CA 94553
    Northern California Family Center offers foster care, runaway youth, youth programs in Richmond, CA.
    (925) 370-1990
    Open Line Foster Family Agency
    1166 Broadway Ste P, Placerville, CA 95667
    (530) 295-4961
    Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency
    500 South Ave, Jackson, CA 95642
    (209) 223-3888
    Foster Family Service
    629 New York Ranch Rd Ste 2, Jackson, CA 95642
    (209) 223-3691
    Foster Family Service
    681 Main St Ste 216, Placerville, CA 95667
    (530) 621-2110
    Remi Vista Inc
    4993 Golden Foothill Pkwy Ste 5, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    (916) 941-8812
    Lilliput Children's Services
    1190 Suncast Ln Ste 2, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    (916) 941-8799
    California Foster Families
    1919 Vista Del Lago Dr Ste 3, Valley Springs, CA 95252
    (209) 920-3361
    Trinity Cfs
    7700 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA 95662
    (916) 988-2691
    Lilliput Children's Services
    4080 Cavitt Stallman Rd Ste 20, Granite Bay, CA 95746
    (916) 789-9700
    Nepenthean Homes Foster Family
    7996 California Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
    (916) 535-7780
    Koinonia Family Services Adoption Department
    3725 Taylor Rd, Loomis, CA 95650
    (916) 577-7980
    Families for Children
    2990 Lava Ridge Ct Ste 170, Roseville, CA 95661
    (916) 789-8688
    Aspiranet Sacramento
    9719 Lincoln Village Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827
    (916) 366-1656


    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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