Foster care is an arrangement whereby a child lives, usually on a temporary basis, with unrelated family members. A child is preferably placed with child’s extended family or with close friends of the family who are known to child and when such options are either not available or not willing to take care of the child, the child may be placed in foster care.


While placing a child in foster care, preference is given to those families that share similar cultural, tribal and /or community connection. Foster care can be short term or long term depending upon the needs of the child. The situations under which short term Foster Care will be given and the duration will rest on the CWCs based on their assessment of the individual case presented before them. Long term foster care, on the other hand, is placement of a child by the Committee for a period exceeding one year.