A foster care agency is one that arranges the placement of children in certified, licensed foster care home. Traditionally, foster care agencies were exclusivley part of each state's children and families services; however, as the numbers of children in the U.S. foster care system have grown and as the need for specialized services for children has increased, private agencies have been established.
A private foster care agency operates in much the same way as the state agency: it oversees licensing and ongoing education for foster parents, additional training required for treatment or therapeutic care, and oversees the placement of children in these foster homes.
The private foster care agency enters into a contract with the state or county and is responsible to them for the placement and care of its clients (children). Most private foster care agencies provide the extra levels of treatment or therapeutic care for children with challenging medical, emotional, or behavioral issues.
For more information about becoming a foster parent, and to locate information about a private foster care agency in your area, contact your state Foster Care Specialist.
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