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Why do children end up in foster care?


Children are removed from their families and are placed in foster care because of abuse and neglect.

What do children need when they come into foster care?​​

  • A safe and loving home

  • Committed families that are willing to help them during a difficult journey in their lives

  • Resource Families who will be patient, supportive, caring, and present to meet their needs

  • Receive medical, dental and in some cases mental health services

  • Be provided with healthy food

  • Be provided with clothing

  • Transportation to extracurricular events, doctors apt, school, etc..

  • Resource families to be supportive of their permanency plan

Foster Care



Level of Care 1

Foster parents can meet the needs of these children within the time frames of a typically developing child.

Level of Care 2

Children assessed at Level 2 most often have issues requiring more time and attention than those at Level 1, such as specific behavioral and emotional issues or intellectual challenges.

Levels 3 and 4

Children assessed at Levels 3 and 4 comprise less than 5 percent of children in foster care. These children require a lot more time from the foster parent because of behavioral issues needing intervention; psychiatric issues; severe mental health disorders; ongoing drug/alcohol involvement; behaviors that require a safety plan; or behaviors that have resulted in a child being unable to stay in one home for very long, among others. 







Intensive Treatment foster care is designed to meet the higher level of care and supervision needs of clients who present more challenging behaviors. Children in foster care have been through various forms of trauma, some more than others. This trauma often affects their ability to function appropriately in “everyday” situations. Children who have been more severely traumatized need more attention and accommodations in order to rehabilitate.





Children and youth that meet the criteria for specialized health care program must have a medical condition that requires specialized in Home health care treatment intervention.

The CSKF specialized health care services provide trained resource families to provide health maintenance and preventive health care in accordance with their specialized training.

The medical skills of this resource families are needed  to meet the acute or chronic health condition requiring specialized medical treatment to remain safely in placement. 

Specialized health care needs program or otherwise known as medically fragile program requires the direct intervention of a multidisciplinary team of social worker, nurse, case manager, physicians and allied health care providers. CSKF is dedicated to meeting the medical/mental and developmental needs of clients with special health care needs.

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