Myth: Most children in foster care have had dozens of placements.
Myth: I can’t foster if I have a full-time job outside of the home.
Myth: Most children in foster care are teenagers and young adults.
Myth: I have no control over which children I’m asked to foster.
Myth: Each foster child has to have a room of their own.
Myth: I’m not allowed to adopt children I foster.
Myth: As a foster parent, I will receive little to no support from the State.
Myth: The racial background of most children in foster care is ______.
Myth: All children in foster care have special needs and require special education.
Many children in foster care are regular children who unfortunately had to be removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. The term “special needs” simply refers to children who qualify for adoption assistance due to specific factors or conditions such as:
• Being an older child
• Having a particular racial or ethnic background
• Being part of a sibling group needing to be placed together as one unit
• Medical conditions
• Physical, mental, or emotional handicaps
A child with special needs should not be confused with a child who requires special education. Following broad federal guidelines, each State defines its own parameters for which factors or conditions would qualify a child as having special needs.
Myth: Adopting or fostering a child who’s been removed from the care of their birth parents is dangerous.
Children in foster care are regular children who, through no fault of their own, had to be removed from their families due to abusive or neglectful situations.
As for a child in foster care having continued contact with their birth family, it will vary depending on the specifics of the case and the placement being considered for the child.
For adoptive placements, very few birth parents reappear after their parental rights have been legally terminated. In the instances where children have continued relationships with birth relatives, it’s because the arrangement will be beneficial, safe, and healthy for all involved. Find out more about receiving an adoptive placement.
For foster care placements, most children placed in your home will have regular, court-ordered visits with their birth parents. This is an important part of the reunification process and you play an important role by working with the child’s caseworker to decide the location and time of the visits. The court decides whether the visits will be supervised. Find out more about receiving a foster placement.