Foster Care

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Foster Care can play a pivotal role in the life and development of a child by nurturing home and stability.

Foster care offers a safe and stable environment for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma. It removes them from harmful situations and provides them with a supportive home environment where they can begin to heal. Foster care ensures that children's basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care, are met. Foster families and the foster care system work to ensure that children have access to healthcare, education, and other essential services.

Learn more about foster care below, or Sign Up Through Family Match, or attend one of our Virtual Foster Parenting Information Sessions on Zoom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foster families are “regular people” in our community and they don’t all look the same! They share only a desire to help other local families heal, as well as to provide safety, love, and stability to children in need of a temporary home. Foster parents may be married or single, they may rent or own, and they may or may not already have children in their homes and/or have any parenting experience.

Facts About Our Local Foster Care System

Within the Roanoke County area alone, more than 100 children are currently in the foster care system. Further, we have families caring for children currently through fostering and Kinship Caregiving, but we continue to need more caregivers to help youth age 10 and up. See more information below about the differences in placements for younger and older children. 

Ages 10-17

Children ages 10 and older sometimes need to be placed in group homes or residential facilities due to higher level needs. After a few months though, these children need to step down safely into community settings and foster families. This becomes a challenge though as many foster families are interested in caring for younger children.

 

Children in Roanoke County foster care 10  to 17 years old, data taken January 2022
Children in Roanoke County foster care 0 to 9 years old, data taken January 2022

Ages 0-9

Additionally, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services (as of December 2021), more than 5,000 children are currently in foster care within the state of Virginia. Of these children affected be foster care, more than half are over the age of 10 years old.