Placing children in foster care

Placing children in foster care

The decision to place children in foster care for shorter or longer periods of time instead of letting them grow up with their parents is normally preceded by high-risk situations, such as:

  • children and teenagers whose parents can no longer cope with bringing up their children
  • children and teenagers who have been neglected or abused or whose parents are unable to cope because they were victims of violence themselves as children
  • children and teenagers whose parents are mentally ill or addicted to drugs
  • children and teenagers in a household where one or both parents are serving a prisonsentence

It is sometimes hard to say whether a child is placed in foster care for social or psychological reasons, of its own accord or by external constraints. Most often, there are several factors that lead to this painful measure. In order to find a suitable place for the child, a thorough and responsible evaluation is necessary. Unfortunately, in practice, the search for the best possible placement for the child is superseded by efforts to find a solution as soon as possible. In such a case, it can be helpful to aim for an interim solution (for example, providing intensive support measures for the family) or a temporary placement (SOS Children’s Village, observation homes). A temporary solution may benefit the child more than a precipitated final placement.

The biological parents’ attitude to the child’s placement in foster care is extremely significant. It is important that they eventually come to accept the proposed solution. Only when the parents (or the single mother or father) demonstrate to the child that they approve of the solution, can the child settle into the new environment and establish relationships with foster parents and siblings. In all cases, the child’s wishes should be taken into account as far as possible.

Available types of foster care:

  • day-care parents
  • day-care centre
  • foster family
  • therapeutic and remedial caregroups
  • children’s home
  • adoptive family

Switzerland

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Aargau

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  • Information by the Departement Bildung, Kultur und Sport, Abteilung Sonderschulung, Heime und Werkstätten: www.ag.ch

     

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Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

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  • Wegwarte Basel-Übergangsheim für Frauen und Mütter mit ihren Kindern in schwierigen Lebenslagen: www.wegwarte-basel.ch

  • Familea can place children with foster families or in children homes: www.familea.ch

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Solothurn

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