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Foster/Adoptive Family Retention

Our goal in the Foster Family Retention Department is to support foster parents (also called “resource families”) in their commitment to children in foster care.

While taking on these important roles, families are often left to their own devices to navigate the complex child welfare system and locate and obtain the needed supports and services for themselves and the children placed in their homes.

The support, training, and professional regard given to foster parents is imperative in the retention of families willing to care for children with mental, behavioral, or emotional issues.

Foster families are asked to take on a number of roles, including: nurturing the children they care for, supporting their emotional and physical development, providing guidance and discipline, advocating on the child’s behalf within the school system, mentoring birth parents, supporting the relationship between birthparents and their children, and assisting with the recruitment, training, and mentoring of other foster parents.

Resource parents in Utah must be seen as significant and indispensable components of the child welfare system. Families need to be valued, respected, and considered part of the team. They need to have a voice regarding the important decisions impacting the lives of the children they care for.

The support, training, and professional regard given to foster parents is imperative in the retention of families willing to care for children with mental, behavioral, or emotional issues.

Serving Utah's Children Since 1999

In Partnership with the Utah Division of Child & Family Services