Your baby will NOT go into foster care just because you or the baby’s other parent is in foster care. You are the parent and have all the rights and responsibilities for caring for your child.
Having a baby in foster care
If your child is under 3 years old when she or he enters foster care, you may get only six months to work with the court to get the child back. This is called a case plan.
A court-ordered case plan is supposed to give you the skills to be a good parent.
Your social worker must help you with completing the case plan.
To get your child back, you must show the court that
- you completed the case plan, and
- you can take good care of your child.
If you have custody of your child, you decide how to care for him or her—for example, how to feed and dress the baby, what to do when the baby cries, etc.
But if your child is also a foster child, a foster parent or caseworker will make decisions about the child’s day-to-day care.
A third option is called a Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH). That is when you have custody, but you and your foster parents together plan your child’s day-to-day care.