What to Expect & FAQs

You have love in your heart and want to help children or adults through tough times; but you are wondering what it’s like to be a foster care provider on a daily basis. How will it impact your schedule? Your family? Check the tabs below to learn more about this experience. 

Caring for Young Children and Teens

Foster care providers that care for young children and teens provide a nurturing, stable environment in which a child can progress mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. They provide children with guidance, discipline, and safety, as well as addressing a child’s special needs.

Depending on the child's particular needs, care typically includes:

  • Providing appropriate clothing
  • Providing children’s basic physical and emotional needs
  • Providing a separate bed and place for his/her belongings
  • Transporting children to medical and dental appointments
  • Attending recreational and enrichment activities
  • Monitoring school attendance, performance, note special needs and accomplishments
  • Helping children through the grieving and adjustment process that accompanies removal from their own home and placement
  • maintaining a record for children of their time in care, including developmental milestones, photographs, report cards, etc.
  • providing consistent and realistic discipline and guidance that is age appropriate and does not involve corporal punishment


As a child foster care provider, you will be part of a team supporting the child placed in your home. Included in the team are:

  • The Licensing Worker who helps you through the licensing process and is available for ongoing support and consultation.
  • The Child Protection Worker or Case Manager who works with the child and the biological family and creates the plan for the child to either be reunified with the parents or for another permanency option.
  • The Guardian Ad Litem who represents what is in the best interest of the child back to the court.
  • Other agency and community professionals working with the child and family.