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Who are Foster Children?
There are approximately half a million children in the United States in foster care. In Palm Beach County, at any given time, there are over 600 children living with foster families.
Foster parents secure temporary homes for children whose own homes have been determined unsafe. Children range in age form newborn infants to teenagers; frequently they are members of a sibling group. When children enter foster care, they have often experienced the most serious forms of family breakdowns.
Physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment and parental substance abuse are the primary reasons that children enter the foster care system. As a result of the tragic circumstances, nearly 30% of children in foster care have severe emotional, behavioral or developmental problems. Physical health problems are also common. Often two or more children from the same family come into care at the same time. However, many children are surprisingly resilient and in a stable home with nurturing parents, they are able to overcome their initial difficulties and lead happy, healthy lives.
Foster & Adoptive Parents Association is committed to a comprehensive services approach. As part of our services, we maintain a children's closet with gently used second hand clothes. Each school age child receives a back to school book bag and school supplies. Foster families, Guardian ad Litems and case workers are able to utilize new shoe vouchers, hair cut vouchers and unlimited use of an equipment closet stocked with used strollers, cribs, car seats, head lice treatment, etc.
Family types we help
Foster homes | Kinship Caregivers | Adoptive homes