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Kansas SRS, Foster Care and Reintegration Services

Address 1: 
Kansas City SRS Service Center
Address 2: 
400 State Ave.
City: 
Kansas City
State/Province: 
KS
ZIP/Post Code: 
66117
Phone: 
(913) 279-7000

From the Kansas SRS Foster Page:

Foster care is intended to be a temporary living situation for children who have been abused or neglected and are removed from their homes to assure their safety. Reintegration with their family or extended kin is the permanency of first choice. If reintegration is not possible, adoption or an alternative permanency, provided as quickly as possible, is the goal to ensure a child’s well being.

Nebraska DHHS: Adoption Homepage

Address 1: 
301 Centennial Mall South
City: 
Lincoln
State/Province: 
Nebraska
ZIP/Post Code: 
68509
Phone: 
1-800-772-7368

From the Nebraska DHHS page:

All children deserve to grow up in a good home. When a child cannot be returned to his or her original family, adoption becomes the goal.

The goal of adoption is to provide a child with a family for the rest of their life. Adoption is the means of transferring to a child and parents all the legal rights that they would have if that child had been born to them.

The value of adoption is that it provides a child with the basic needs: legal status, social status, and a family of their own.

South Dakota Department of Social Services

Address 1: 
700 Governors Drive
City: 
Pierre
State/Province: 
SD
ZIP/Post Code: 
57501
Phone: 
(605) 773-3165

From the SD DSS Foster Site:

Strong families are South Dakota’s foundation and our future. They serve as the primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support in communities throughout the state and the country.

South Dakotans who provide foster parenting are making a difference in the lives of children and their birth families. The Department of Social Services ensures the safety, permanency and well-being of the children in our state.

Foster Care Services - North Dakota Department of Social Services

Address 2: 
600 East Boulevard
City: 
Bismarck
State/Province: 
North Dakota
ZIP/Post Code: 
58505
Phone: 
(800) 245-3736

On the ND Foster Care Page:

* Foster care is 24-hour out-of-home care for children whose parents are unable, neglect, or refuse to provide for their children's needs. It includes food, clothing, shelter, security, safety, guidance and comfort
* In nearly all cases, the child in care has been removed from home by a court order, with custody given to a public agency, such as the Division of Juvenile Services, County Social Services, or Tribal Social Services

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department

Address 1: 
P.O. Drawer 5160
City: 
Sante Fe
State/Province: 
New Mexico
ZIP/Post Code: 
87502
Phone: 
1-800-432-2075

From the CYFD site:

The department provides an array of prevention, intervention, rehabilitative and after-care services to New Mexico children and their families.

CYFD protects abused and neglected children, rehabilitates delinquent and incarcerated youth and provides child care subsidies, promotes and supports quality child care and administers statewide domestic violence programs. Please contact our staff to find out more about our programs or to find out how you can help.

The Connected Child

Author: 
Karyn B. Purvis
David R. Cross
Wendy Lyons Sunshine
ISBN: 
0071475001

The Connected Child is for parents of children from other countries, troubled backgrounds, and special needs/emotional needs.

This book seeks to build bonds of affection and trust. Effectively deal with learning and behavioral issues. Discipline children without making them feel threatened.

Idaho Foster Care and Adoption Programs

State/Province: 
Idaho
Phone: 
1-800-926-2588

From the ID Foster Care and Adoption Program Page:

Fostering Idaho's Future

Every child deserves a safe and loving home. Foster care and adoption provide that to Idaho’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

However, children are not the only ones to benefit from these programs. Serving as a foster parent or adopting a child can be an extremely rewarding experience, the kind of experience that enriches the lives of everyone involved.

Becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent

http://traumaadoption.org/adopt/content/how-do-you-become-fostadopt-parent

I wrote a longish blog post on, generally, the steps to becoming a fostadopt parent. The rules vary from state to state, but it is a good starting place to understand the process.

How Do You Become a Fost/Adopt Parent?

The requirements vary from state to state, but in general they follow a common path.  The process is not short, so be prepared to make an investment in your time before even having a chance for a placement in your home.  Also, be aware that a large part of the introduction and initiation is designed to scare you.  Social services really want to make sure that those they train are in for the long haul.  Also, it is really important to understand that just because you start looking at fost/adoption as a way to build your family does not mean you are committed to that path.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

From the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition site:

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a proud member of United Way, is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child's life by recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive homes in the St. Louis metropolitan community.