The necessity & suitability of the Foster care programme
As a nation, we are familiar with the informal form of alternative care known formally as Kinship care: which is the placement within a family or next of kin and usually an informal arrangement which often does not involve the government social workers.
Foster care is a court-ordered process based on a report submitted by the government social worker, to place a child within a government pre-approved family who are not biologically related to the child. The placement is done after an assessment of the level of suitability of the family to provide a loving and stable home to the child who has lost parental care.
Crucial elements of the Foster care programme are:
The processes above involve stakeholders such as Government, through the Department of Social Welfare, and the courts.