Every child who enters out-of-home care experiences some level of trauma. Imagine being removed from an environment you are familiar with to one that is unfamiliar and unknown. Children in placement can experience a variety of emotions including anxiety, anger, depression and pain. Children in placement often wonder what will happen to their families while they are gone. Some believe that they will be forgotten. Children may be separated not only from their parents but also from their siblings, grandparents, extended family, teachers, neighbors and friends. When out-0f-home placement cannot be avoided, all steps will be taken to minimize the amount of trauma children and their family's experience.
Deciding where a child should be placed is as important as the decision to remove the child from their birth family or relative. If a child is placed in a home that cannot meet his/her needs, the likelihood of placement disruption increases and will result in yet another separation for the child. Thus, it is imperative that each child be placed with a provider who can meet the child's physical, emotional and
social needs and will minimize the changes to which the child must adapt.
The Department must make placement decisions so as to avoid disruption or multiple placements. In choosing a foster home for a child, the Department considers the needs of the individual child and the foster parent's abilities to meet them. When you are selected as a potential provider, you will be given all available information regarding the child's history, needs, level of functioning and other information that will allow you to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to accept or deny the placement. A provider is never under any obligation to accept placement of a child.