Foster care is provided by people who are not related to the children and have no legal ties, such as adoption. Their only relationship with the child is through a welfare agency and the state, which provides them with monetary compensation to look after the children. The laws regarding who can become foster parents and how to be an authorized foster care home will vary from state to state.
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Foster parents have some of the same rights as natural parents, as outlined below. However, there are many things they cannot do or be held responsible for.
The foster parents will need to be 21 years or older, with enough income to maintain the home and offer a minimum required lifestyle level. They should not have any felony convictions and will have to agree to let the state investigate the background of everyone in the household.
Foster parents can discipline and punish the child and make all their decisions just like natural parents. As a minor, the child has to accept these decisions until the age of 18. But in the meantime, the foster parents do not have to bear the burden of any criminal or civil proceedings against the child.
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