Family Services

Types of Foster Care


Each child’s circumstance is unique, so foster care takes different forms. Generally, there are three different types of foster care:

  • Extended Family Placement – the Child and Family Services Act makes extended family placement the first choice when a child can no longer live at home.
  • Regular Pre-Approved Foster Care – for community members and families that accept children into their home to care for and emotionally support children of other families in crisis.
  • Specialized Foster Care – for families that are able to provide medical care and extra support for children who are delayed, physically or mentally challenged, or need services like tube feeding and physical therapy.

  • The type of foster care placements also vary depending on the needs of the child and the established availability of the foster parent.

    • Emergency Placement – you are available to accept children at any time, day or night.
    • Short-term Placement – you are available to accept a child for a short period of time.
    • Long-term Placement – you are available to accept a child into your family for a long period of time.

    Foster parents may be available for one or all types of placement.