Foster Care for Children

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Scott County foster families provide protection, care, and nurturing for children ages 0-21, who need temporary placement outside their family home. Children are placed with relatives or family friends whenever it is possible but often times a licensed foster home is the only option.
  1. Types of Care

When children are placed outside of their home, there are several different types of care they may need:

  • Emergency placement
  • Temporary placement, or placement for less than a year
  • Scheduled short-term respite care, generally on weekends
  • Permanent placement when reunification is not possible.

Foster Family Care

When children cannot safely remain in their own homes due to abuse or neglect, Family Foster Care is used as a temporary living arrangement while families receive the help they need. Family Foster Care provides a network of caring, stable people who are willing to help not only a child, but also the child's family, so the parent and children can be reunited. 

Respite Care Providers

Respite care is a temporary foster care service offered to families (including foster families) of Scott County who need short-term and/or regularly scheduled out-of-the-home placement for the child in their care. Respite care is usually 1 or 2 weekends a month, depending on the child's needs and the respite care provider's availability. Respite care providers must have an awareness of various conditions and/or be willing to receive appropriate training. Respite care providers are licensed by the same rules as other child foster care providers and receive referrals through Scott County Health and Human Services for placements.

Resource Families

The Resource Family Program provides foster care for children who will likely remain in out-of-home placement for a longer time and may not have relatives available to provide care. The resource family must be willing to support reunification by working with the child's parents until a permanent decision is made and be willing to adopt or accept a transfer of custody of the child, as determined by the court.

  1. Reasons for Care
  1. Youth in Need
  1. Program Placement
  1. Questions?