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Foster Care

The Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is responsible for assuring that children are safe from abuse and neglect. When DFCS determines it is not safe for a child to remain in the home of his or her caregiver, the child is placed in foster care. Foster care is intended to be a temporary home away from home while the agency works with the child’s family to eliminate or minimize the safety issues that caused agency involvement.

DFCS’s goal is to return children safely to their families as soon as possible, but only after the safety issues have been resolved.

Interested in volunteering as a foster parent?
Contact the foster care and adoption recruitment intake line at 877-210-KIDS

IN A MINUTE:

  • Advocate! Spread the word about the need for foster parents AND the need to support foster children in your community. Social media is a great way to share in a minute.

IN AN HOUR:

  • Learn more about foster care and gain a better understanding of the needs of those touched by the issue. Visitthe National Resource Center for Youth Services and the Child Welfare Information Gateway for more facts and data.
  • Call your local DFCS office and see what items are needed to better support foster parents such as school supplies and birthday presents. You can find your local office here.

IN A FEW WEEKS:

  • In your club or church, “adopt” a foster child or foster parents, to surround them with additional support.
  • Become a mentor. Children benefit from having loving, committed adults in their lives. Teach them a new skill or hobby.
  • Sponsor a foster child’s birthday party or send them notes of encouragement.

IN A LIFETIME:

  • Become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA workers are volunteers that work with the court and the foster homes to see that the children’s needs and wants are heard. You can for more information about becoming a Georgia CASA here: gacasa.org/
  • Become a Foster Parent. Call 1-877-210-KIDS to learn more.