Away From Home: Caring for Your Child and Yourself During an Out-of-Home Care Placement


Adopting a child can sometimes bring added challenges, which may take you and your family in a direction no parent could ever truly anticipate. It can feel like your world is being turned upside down.

An out-of-home care setting can often provide the best support for children with significant needs. This applies to children in birth, foster, relative, and adoptive families. Such a placement is an opportunity for your child to receive more intensive treatment. Understanding that this doesn’t mean your child won’t return to your home is crucial. In fact, the expectation or plan is that your child will return home. While your child is in an out-of-home care setting, your active participation is crucial, if for no other reason than to reinforce that your child is not “bad;” they just have some needs that require more than what you alone can provide right now.

This tip sheet includes information about what to consider when you are given the recommendation that your child needs to leave your care for out-of-home placement for a time.

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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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