Foster care placements are needed for children who cannot be safely cared for in their own homes. Racine County foster homes enable children to remain in their community and provide a loving and safe environment for foster children. Foster care is a temporary home for children until they can safely return to their own homes.
Children in foster care come from different backgrounds and have different needs. They range in age from newborns to teenagers. They are of all races and nationalities. The one thing they have in common is the need for a safe and supportive environment in which they can grow, emotionally and physically.
There is a shortage of foster homes in Racine County in which to place the growing number of children and youth who are entering the foster care system. This causes children to be placed outside of Racine County, and in many cases, sibling groups cannot be placed together, affecting the children’s emotional and mental well-being, while creating barriers to achieving permanency.
Racine County currently has 315 children in out of home care. About 30% or 92 of these children are currently placed outside of Racine County, adding additional trauma to already traumatized children who are now being further removed from family, friends, schools, teachers and other important people in their lives.
Over 1/3 of siblings placed into foster care are forced apart, placed in different foster homes; a situation that can be devastating for these vulnerable children. Not only have they been forced away from their family home, but they’ve also lost the closest people they had to turn to.