When a child is placed in the foster care system, they will either be put with a relative, a foster family, or a group home. While in foster care, the child will resume a normal life. He/she will attend school, receive medical care, and have a home to live in. The foster care family in which the child is residing with will receive funding to help raise the child.
This funding will come from the state. The foster care system does not offer a permanent location for the child; instead it offers a safe place for the child to stay until they are adopted by a family. The foster care system supports children until they are 18 years of age. While in foster care, children will have to attend different court hearings with their foster family to ensure the family is following the laws of the foster care system.