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Foster Care Overview

Foster care refers to the temporary placement of orphaned children (or those who have been removed from their homes due to the termination of parental rights) with other families, who are called foster parents. For any number of reasons, parents sometimes end up in a situation where they can't take care of their children, either temporarily or permanently. Foster parents often adopt foster children, but that is not always the goal of the arrangement. The Foster Care Overview sub-section of FindLaw's Family Law Center covers the history and evolution of foster care and includes articles on the different kinds of foster care, such as group homes and kinship care, the requirements for becoming a foster parent, how foster care is funded at both the federal and state levels, and other related information.

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