About Foster Care Services
Ideally, at-risk children should remain with their actual families whenever possible. Although foster care services offered by the state of Virginia make every effort to keep them together, it isn't always possible. Once it is determimed that a child must leave the family unit and go into foster care, a host of other services becomes available to them, which are designed to
promote child safety and well-being within a nurturing, family environment.
This involves placing a child with a foster family, group home, residential children's facility or an independent living arrangement.
Teaching Independent Living Skills
Services are designed to help foster kids ages 14-21 to develop the skills necessary to transition from foster care to self-sufficiency. Personal development skills such as self-esteem, communication skills, decision-making, conflict resolution and anger management are emphasized.
Physical or Mental Health Treatment
This service often includes help with:
- Substance abuse
- Nutritional deficiency
- Physical disabilities
- Providing good role models for parents
- Role modeling such as Big Brother/Big Sister programs
Opportunity for a Permanent Living Situation
This involves fostering relationships between children and relatives or previous caregivers. For older youth leaving care this might include helping find an apartment or a roommate.