Provide the basics, including food, clothing and shelter that meet the state requirements. (Foster parents receive a monthly reimbursement to help cover living expenses.)
Encourage positive relationships between the child and his or her natural parent(s). Foster parents may play a part in visits between natural parent(s) and child.
Arrange for medical and dental care. (Medicaid covers the cost of care provided by approved doctors and dentists for children who are eligible.)
Protect the child from dangerous situations that could endanger his or her health or safety.
Discipline in a positive way, by setting rules that are fair, consistent and appropriate for the child, and by encouraging acceptable behavior.
Help the child grow through educational, cultural, and social experiences.
Work as part of a team that includes the agency responsible for the child, various service providers in the community and, if possible, the natural parent(s).
Prepare the child to return home, or to live with relatives or adoptive parents if a return home is not possible.