The goal of foster care is to reunite children with their birth families or extended family whenever possible and safe to do so. Many children are able to be successfully reunited with their parents while other children eventually become eligible for adoption.
Each child’s case must move through a legal process; generally, the younger the child, the less we will know about the longer-term or permanent placement plan (i.e. whether the child will be able to go home, be placed with another family member, or become eligible for adoption).
Some Amara families choose to parent kids further along in the legal process for whom adoption is already the permanent placement plan or who are legally free for adoption. These kids are usually school age and will have been in foster care for an extended period of time already.
Most Amara families choose concurrent planning and foster children who are new to care, providing them with one home to live in until they either return home to their family or become eligible for adoption. For these families, they are often the first family considered for the adoption of this child after a complete biological family search is completed.
You will receive support from your caseworker and from Amara’s Child Placement Coordinator in making an informed decision about the child you welcome into your family. If a child in your care becomes eligible for adoption and you wish to move forward with an adoption, your Foster Care Specialist will support you in navigating this process.
Our Post-Adoption program provides support and resources to adoptees and families to promote fulfilling relationships and long-term stability. Amara highly values openness in adoption and the importance of birth family relationships. Foster and adopted children benefit from knowing their roots, staying connected to their birth families and being able to ask questions and get answers about their placement into foster care, their adoption, and their birth/first family.