What are the needs of foster children?

Children everywhere, including foster children, require food, shelter, medical care, education, and safety. Additionally, children require support, encouragement, reassurance, structure, security and love.

Understandably, many foster children may be frightened and confused at the sudden separation from their parents; some may be angry; and others may think they are being sent to foster homes as a punishment for something they might have done. Even babies may be fretful and irritable initially.

Fortunately, such concerns tend to gradually lessen over time as foster children are provided with the safety, structure, security, basic needs, and nurturing all children require. At times, however, it may be necessary to provide some children with additional services, such as counseling, tutoring, specialized medical care, or behavioral coaching, etc., which can be provided by the Agency to assist foster parents and foster children.

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