Family Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused and neglected children. Frequently, the Department of Social Services (DSS) takes custody of children when they believe the children are unsafe and their families cannot take care of them. In most cases the foster parents, DSS, agency staff and birth family work toward reunification. When reunification is not possible, foster parents may be considered as the adoptive parents.
Therapeutic foster care is also a temporary living arrangement for abused and neglected children. These children may be in the custody of DSS or their birth parents. These children have diagnosed mental health disorders and need structured homes in which to receive treatment and care.