About Foster Care
Children enter the foster care system because of neglect, abuse or exploitation. Usually an adult in the childs life sees or expects there is neglect, abuse or exploitation of the child and reports this to CPS(Child Protective Services). CPS then asseses, investigates and provides ongoing social services to families where abuse and neglect of youth has been reported. If CPS believes it is unsafe for the child to stay with their biological family, the child is then removed from their biological families custody and are placed in state custody(foster care). Foster care includes placement with relatives, foster families, group homes, shelters and other placements for children under the age of 18, and older, under other circumstances.
Almost 50% of children who enter into foster care from El Dorado county have to be placed in other counties due to a lack of foster homes. We need more foster homes!
It is estimated that between 70-90% of children resued from sex-trafficking in the United States came from the foster system. We need good foster homes!
Children do not enter foster care because of any fault of their own. They enter foster care because they have been neglected, abused or exploited.
How You Can Help
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
Become a Full-Time Foster Parent
There is a great need for more foster homes in El Dorado County. Foster parents provide a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. Click here for more information.
Become a Certified Respite Provider
A Respite provider is certified through the County or a Foster Family Agency (FFA), but only cares for foster children for a weekend or week at a time to give the full-time foster parents a break. Click here for more information.
Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
An adult volunteer, assigned by the court to study and protect the best interests of a youth in a civil or criminal abuse or neglect case. The CASA and the youth talk on an ongoing basis. The CASA is the child’s voice in the courtroom.
Become a Big Brother, Big Sister
mentoring at-risk children and/or foster children
Pray for Children in Foster Care
Resources for Foster Families
The FAN (Foster Awareness Network) fan-usa.org
1:27 Care Coaches to walk alongside and support you, contact us.