There are more than 4,000 Louisiana children in foster care. Each one needs a safe, stable and loving home.
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is a protective service for children and their parents who must live apart because of child abuse, neglect or special family circumstances requiring the need for out-of-home care. Foster care is intended to provide temporary/short-term care for a child. The goal of the foster care program is to maintain the child in a safe and nurturing environment, which is supportive of his development while assisting his parents in resuming responsibility and custody or until an alternative permanent placement for the child is found. The first goal of foster care is to reunite the child with his or her biological family.
Who are the children needing foster and adoptive homes?
Children in need of foster homes range in age from infants to teenagers. They may have an emotional or physical illness, have been neglected, abused, or abandoned, or have experienced a breakdown in the family, or the death of a parent.
The children are of different races and religions. They identify with their own cultures and need help with maintaining their identities, staying connected to their birth families, and learning how to feel lovable, capable, worthwhile and responsible.
Some of the children waiting for a permanent home are older, have medical, emotional or intellectual problems, or are part of a sibling group that needs to be placed together. The important thing to remember is that all children deserve a family.
Our amazing foster parents have many stories to share, from the challenges of fostering children to the amazing moments of building a family. See how they’ve built healthy and happy families. You can do it too!
Ready to start your foster care journey? Let’s do it.
We can’t wait to help you start your foster care journey. Together we make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.