All children need safe and stable homes to thrive. Whenever possible, Child Welfare Services (CWS) provides assistance to families to help keep the children safely at home. However, when a child must be removed from his or her parents’ or caregivers’ home due to neglect, abuse, or abandonment, CWS arranges for a temporary home. CWS strives to place all children who must be removed from their caregivers into the least restrictive, most family-like home available, preferably with relatives who will care for the child in their home, but sometimes in a licensed resource family home.
Although we aim to provide services to the family that will help them reunite with their children, that isn’t always possible or in the best interest of the children due to continued problems at home. When reuniting a family is not possible, CWS works to provide a permanent situation for children, either through guardianship or adoption. Guardians have most of the same legal rights and authority as birth parents, without requiring the termination of parental rights. Guardianship ends when a child turns 18 and is considered an adult. Adoption also provides a child with a permanent family, meaning that full legal parental rights and responsibilities get transferred from the child’s biological family to the adopting family.
If you have considered adopting a child or have questions about the process, please feel free to contact us. We can guide you through the process, both before and after you adopt.
If you would like to become a resource family, we will provide training and ongoing financial assistance and support services to help you provide a safe, supportive, and stable family environment for our foster children.
Related Documents & Links
- Important Information for Relatives
Click here for important questions and answers for relatives.
- Presumptive Transfers
A “presumptive transfer” establishes a prompt transfer of responsibility for arranging specialty mental health services from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which a foster child resides.
- Safely Surrendering Your Baby
Click here for information about safely surrendering your baby.