Children in foster care come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnic and cultural populations and each child has unique strengths and needs. They have been temporarily separated from their families while the Department of Human Services works with their family to safely return them home whenever possible.
Children range in age from birth to age 21. Many have brothers or sisters in foster care with them. Most have experienced abuse or neglect. Some children have special needs; they may be physically, behaviorally, mentally or emotionally challenged. Some may need foster parents with special caregiving skills due to their physical health issues or developmental delays.
All foster children are affected by the separation from their family. Sometimes this trauma and worry shows up in their behavior. Some children have not experienced the usual routines of family life and need extra understanding and patience.
Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. However, children or youth who have faced trauma sometimes have learned behaviors to keep themselves safe, or to meet their needs in other ways. Foster parents offer a loving and nurturing home where each child can feel safe and is celebrated for his or her unique gifts.
When you become a foster parent, you become part of a team that is dedicated to protecting children, supporting families, and helping young people develop their fullest potential. Foster care is all about teamwork.
Utah Youth Village Treatment Foster Care At a Glance:
- Over 30 homes throughout Utah
- 79% of children are returned home, adopted or placed in less restrictive foster care
- The Village foster care program places one to three children per home
- Village foster parents are supported by highly-trained staff members, including 24/7 crisis support
- Our foster parents are trained to address specialized issues such as mental health, behavioral issues, substance abuse, teen motherhood, sexual reactivity, independent living and aggression