Foster Care Spotlight – “Amy”

Foster Care Spotlight - "Amy"

“Amy,” an older teen girl, has been in foster care since 2007. She has been in over 30 different placements over the years. It was looking like she would age out of the system without any family support. Children who age out of foster care without support often face many difficulties. 4Kids was able to find a foster family that brought “Amy” into their home. She successfully remained with this family until she reached adulthood. The foster home provided support, one-on-one attention, and the resources to obtain a job and get set up with mental health services, all within a home setting instead of congregate care. “Amy” has now become an independent young adult with significantly more support and resources than she had previously, thanks to a loving family who welcomed her in.

(Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of the child.)

Reportable Incidents Include:

  • Death of a child
  • Child is in a life-threatening situation
  • A significant change in a child’s medical condition
  • Psychiatric hospitalization
  • A child who is missing from care and placed on the Amber Alert system returns to care
  • Natural disasters where children are displaced
  • Suicide attempts
  • Injuries requiring medical treatment including psychiatric hospitalization
  • Runaway incidents
  • A caregiver/staff member or child contracts a communicable disease
  • Commission of a Crime, including those committed by youth or crimes occur at a home or facility in which youth are placed
  • Allegations of abuse, neglect or abusive treatment
  • A child’s abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • Allegation and/or confirmed child-on-child physical and/or sexual abuse.