When a child doesn’t have a safe and stable situation available at home with their biological parents, the foster care system can step in and provide assistance. It’s great that this system is available, and it has helped countless children through the generations. With that said, the primary objective of foster care is to eventually reunite each child with their biological parents once it is safe to do so. You may be wondering how often this reunification is possible? As a foster agency in Sutter County, we have handled many cases and can provide some insight on this point.
A Steady Rate
Across the foster care system, it is generally seen that roughly 50% of foster kids will be reunited with their biological parents. There are a variety of reasons for this statistic to be the way it is. In some cases, the parent or parents may not be able to provide a safe and stable living situation for the child. Alternatively, there are cases where incarceration is the issue, preventing the parent from providing care and requiring that the foster system get involved. Our foster agency in Sutter County works hard to make sure children in this situation are cared for properly and are reunited – if possible – with their biological parents when the time is right.
A Secondary Outcome
In some cases, it becomes clear that reunification with a child’s biological parents simply is not going to be possible. When that happens, a child in foster care may become eligible for adoption. While that’s not the primary focus of our foster agency in Sutter County, it can be a good outcome that leaves the child with a caring family and a stable living situation. Foster parents shouldn’t get into foster care primarily with the motivation of adopting a child, but it is a potential outcome for those who are interested in taking such a step.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, contact Children First Foster Family Agency or apply to become a resource parent.
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.
Author: Children First FFA
Published: January 16, 2023