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What is Foster Care?

All children develop and thrive best when they are part of a secure, nurturing family. Wesley House Family Services works with a variety of other social service agencies to support our children and families in Monroe County. Ideally, it is best for all children to remain in the care of their biological parents through to adulthood. However, it is not always possible for a child to remain in the care of his/her birth family.

Foster families care for children who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. These children will remain in foster care until they are returned to their families or placed in a permanent living situation. The foster care program allows for these children to be cared for in a stable, nurturing home that tailors to the unique needs of each child until that child leaves foster care.

Often, parents who have had their children removed from their home are given a plan to follow. Upon successful completion of this plan, the parents can regain custody of their children. The main goal of foster care is to reunify the child with the family, and the services that are a part of foster care are designed to promote child safety and well-being within a nurturing environment.

Contact Us:

  • Florida Department of Children & Families Florida Department of Children & Families

    About Foster Care for Children, Youth & Families.

  • AdoptUSKids AdoptUSKids

    To raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system.

  • is committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes. About Foster Parenting.

  • Children Awaiting Parents Children Awaiting Parents

    Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) is a national nonprofit organization that recruits adoptive families for children in foster care.

  • Adopt Florida Adopt Florida

    We believe there are loving, caring families willing to open their homes and their hearts to Florida's children - enough for each and every child in state care to find a forever family.

  • Child Warefare Information Gateway Child Warefare Information Gateway

    Protecting Children - Strengthening Families