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What is Foster Care?

Have you been wondering about becoming a foster parent and what it takes? Maybe you're looking into adoption and not sure where to start. At New Horizons, we are here to answer your questions and help you navigate the process of helping kids in your community.

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is an essential service for children and parents who must live apart due to abuse or neglect while maintaining legal and, usually, affectional ties.  The value of family foster care is that it can respond to unique, individual needs of children and their families through the strength of family living, and through family and community supports. The goal of foster care is to provide opportunities for healing, growth, and development leading to healthier children and families.    

- National Commission of Family Foster Care

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

-Nelson Mandela

Children range in age from infants to older teens. The duration of stay depends on the child and their family background. Sometimes a child will need to stay for an extended period of time due to family issues, while others are short term before being placed with relatives and biological family. Foster care is meant to be a temporary situation for a child until a permanent living arrangement can be obtained.

How do I make a difference in the life of a child?

Many people say they are worried about what is happening to children in their communities, but not many people come forward to help.  With your interest in our foster care program, you have identified yourself as someone who has put his or her concern into action.  You want to make a difference in the life of a child. On behalf of the children in the care of New Horizons, thank you for your concern, for caring, and for coming forward.

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