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Legal Issues Concerning Foster Children

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Illinios family law attorney, Illinois adoption lawsFoster parents play an important role in nurturing children who do not have parents and those whose parents cannot care for them. The foster care system is a part of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), which is tasked with many responsibilities related to the protection of Illinois children. There are many different reasons why a child may be placed in foster care. If a child is abused or neglected by his or her parents, foster care may be deemed to be the safest place for the child. Children can also be voluntarily placed in the foster system, often under Illinois' Safe Haven law. When a parent is incarcerated and the child does not have available relatives with whom to live or the child him- or herself has a criminal record that stems from instability in his or her home, the court may also deem foster care to be the best placement for the child. When the parents' parental rights to the child are terminated, the child may be placed for adoption. Many foster parents eventually adopt the children they foster.

Requirements for Illinois Foster Parents

An individual must meet the following set of requirements to become a licensed foster parent in Illinois:

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