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It is a well-known fact that in our society today there are many problems-and these problems often strike first and hardest in the family. Families today often need help, and one form of help is having the children removed temporarily and placed in foster care.

The foster families that care for these displaced children are in actually helping more than the children in their care; they are helping families get back on their feet and reunite if at all possible. Thus, foster parenting requires more than the skills learned as a parent of one's own children; it requires helping families by effectively working with courts and agencies. as well as with the child.