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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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    Penny Lane Families /Foster
    15305 Rayen St, North Hills, CA 91343
    Providing the community with quality foster care and adoption services. We are always in need of loving permanent or temporary homes for our children. Free training available, in home support, and monthly reimbursement.
    (818) 894-3384
    Penny Lane Families Foster Family Agency
    5675 Telegraph Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90040
    We are looking for loving families to open their hearts homes to children in need. Fostering or adopting a child can be a very rewarding experience. Free training, in home support, and monehtly reimbursement available.
    (323) 887-1917
    Trinity Foster Care
    4201 Long Beach Blvd., #421, Long Beach, CA 90807
    Our foster care services provide recruitment and training to valued foster families to care for abused, neglect and abandoned children. Our kids need the support, encouragement and guidance of caring, responsible adults.
    (562) 216-2650
    Valley Village DBA Marlin House
    22439 Marlin Pl, West Hills, CA 91307
    (818) 587-6313
    Emmanuel's Group Home
    9529 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
    (818) 886-9553
    Palm Leaf Management Inc
    9020 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
    (818) 886-2230
    Free to Be Programs
    17134 Devonshire St Ste 103, Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 366-6682
    Community Options Inc
    16461 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406
    (818) 780-0031
    Inner Circle Foster Care & Adoption
    7120 Hayvenhurst Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
    (818) 988-6300
    Aspira Foster & Family Services
    15650 Devonshire St, Granada Hills, CA 91344
    (818) 830-6190
    Van Nuys Group Home
    7130 Burnet Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
    (818) 994-9872
    Optimist Valley Group Home
    14820 Wolfskill St, Mission Hills, CA 91345
    (818) 365-2388
    Life Circle Group Home
    12681 Louvre St, Pacoima, CA 91331
    (818) 834-2463
    Echoes of Hope Inc
    1750 14th St Ste D, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (310) 452-3790
    Secure Transition Inc Kare
    5711 W Slauson Ave Ste 250, Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 342-3950


    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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