Placement Options

Once your child has been removed from your home, it is the agency's responsibility to temporarily place him or her in a safe environment. There are a number of possible options that may or may not work in your specific case.

Kinship Foster Care

In kinship care, the child lives in a nurturing home environment with persons to whom a close relationship already exists. Kinship providers are required to become licensed foster parents, however, a child may be placed with a kinship caregiver pending completion of these requirements.

Kinship care is often preferable to foster care, because in addition to providing safety, it minimizes loss by maintaining family connections and respecting cultural needs.

Foster Care

Foster care is full-time, temporary care provided by persons other than a child's own parents. Foster care is intended to offer children a supportive, caring environment when their own parents cannot safely care for them. Children in foster care are generally placed in the custody of the Children and Youth agency by the courts.

Group Homes

An alternative to traditional in-home foster care, in a group home children reside in an intimate, home-like setting where a number of unrelated children stay for varying periods of time. The caregivers may be a single set of house parents or a rotating staff of trained professionals. Specialized therapeutic or treatment group homes have specially-trained staff to assist children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The make-up and staffing of the group home can be adapted to meet the unique needs of its residents.

Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) / Hospital

Residential Treatment or hospitalization is a placement resource for children in need of structured and therapeutic intervention. Children placed in an RTF/hospital setting may be experiencing social, behavioral, educational and/or emotional problems and are unable to function successfully in either a family or the community. Placement is focused on treatment with the hope that child can transition to family or community care as soon as possible.