Foster children Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

A foster child is a child or adolescent who lives temporarily or permanently not in his or her family of origin, but in another family, his foster family. The reasons why a child becomes a "caring child" are manifold and range from the temporary failure of a parent or a parent to complex, unstable family situations. Examples of placing a child as a foster child in a foster family can be: Parents are no longer able to care for their children as a result of death, serious illness or accident. Parents are in a serious crisis due to external circumstances such as unemployment or separation and divorce. Parents are overwhelmed with everyday life, are too preoccupied with themselves and cannot be reliable parents to their children. Before a child or adolescent is examined in a foster family, the Youth Office first exhausts the possibilities of support for the family of origin, with the aim of being able to take care of the child again. These so-called family-supporting measures (e.g. social-educational family support) can also be offered over a longer period of time. If the situation for the child or adolescent does not improve due to the outpatient help, admission to a suitable foster family may be necessary and suitable to cope with the situation. Especially in younger children, a foster family is often better suited than being placed in a youth welfare facility, because it is shown that it is advantageous for children to grow up in stable relationships. Therefore, for every child who cannot grow up in his or her own family, it is carefully examined whether this is possible in a foster family. These are questions such as: Can it engage with people, can it tolerate closeness, does it want to live in a family? How can the return to the family of origin be designed? What are the needs of the child? Are there foster families that fit this child? Anyone who intends to take in a foster child requires permission from the local youth office.

Section 33 Eighth Book of the Social Code (SGB VIII - Child and Youth Aid) Section 44 Eighth Book of the Social Code (SGB VIII - Child and Youth Aid)