Foster care means sharing the care of the child. The foster care team is the child, the child’s family, the foster family and the Department of Communities.
When a child enters care the situation is carefully assessed and a plan is made. This plan gives direction and purpose to the team. It assists in the understanding of the aims, what is expected of the team members, the length of the placement and contact arrangements (family visits).
For further information please refer to the Department of Communities Care Team Approach Framework