Adoption and Foster Care
In situations where families cannot, or will not provide healthy environments for children, adoption and foster care can be alternatives. Social workers are the professionals who assess whether such alternatives are necessary. They assist birth parents considering adoption as well as provide supportive services for raising children. Social workers serve foster parents that wish to adopt, post-adoption families, and families searching for a child to adopt. They also may evaluate potential foster families, and help them prepare for a foster child. Social workers provide services to children in foster care, children going through adoption, and they work with other organizations to ensure the success of foster or adoptive home placements.