There are a number of reasons why children end up in foster care or in need of a new situation for their home life. Unfortunately, these reasons tend to be negative in nature and point to difficulties in the home for the child and their biological family.

If you are considering taking on a foster child, it is important to equip yourself with as much information as possible about what you are about to take on. While becoming a foster parent is an incredibly rewarding experience and one in which you can do a great deal of good in the life of a child, you won’t be able to do the good that you want to unless you are in possession of all pertinent information.

The more you understand about what you are taking on, the better you will be at meeting your foster child where they are at and helping them to adjust to their new home life. Moreover, it will be more likely that you will have the ability to help them to overcome any emotional or mental challenges that they must face in order to move on from what was likely a troubled past.

In order to help you to understand more about what your future foster child will need from you in regard to support and guidance, here are a few of the more common reasons why a child might need fostering in the first place.


Unfortunately, one of the key reasons why children are taken into foster care has to do with the degree of neglect that they experienced in their home life. Neglect can take a variety of forms and might have been emotional, physical, or mental in nature. 

It is important that you fully understand the nature of the neglect your future foster child experienced in their young life prior to bringing them into your family. This will help you to better understand what they will need in regard to emotional support and assistance as they transition into life in your home.

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Another common reason for a child being taken into foster care has to do with abuse. Once again, it is important to understand that abuse can take many forms. The specific type of abuse experienced by the child you are going to foster might have been of a physical, emotional, or even sexual nature. 

Dysfunctional Parenting

Sometimes, a child is taken into foster care because it has been deemed that the parenting they were receiving before was dysfunctional in some major areas. It might be a case of absent parenting where the child was simply not being looked after properly or there might have been some other form of conflict in the household that was seriously impacting the child. 

As with other situations that result in a child entering the foster care system, there are likely to be certain legal matters at play that you will need to help them deal with in the days to come.