Benefits to the child. Foster families work closely with the child’s biological family. Children are placed in or near their own neighborhood and have contact with their birth parents while in foster care. This makes the experience less traumatic, and the reunification less stressful. Everyone benefits.
Benefits to the birth parents. Because the birth parents meet and interact frequently with the foster parents, they see the foster parents as advocates and role models. Birth parents stay more involved in their child’s life and continue to parent while their child is in care. Being familiar with the foster family reduces stress and helps the birth parents focus on recovery.
Benefits to the Foster Parents. The relationship between birth parents and foster parents reinforces the goal of reuniting the child and his birth family. Foster parents promote ongoing relationships between the two families. And foster parents often find the expanded role as family mentor and counselor very satisfying.
Role of the Resource Specialist. The caseworker helps develop a relationship between the birth family and the foster family. The worker provides a setting for both families to meet and talk openly and encourages continued support after the child returns home.