Will the birth parent know the foster parents?

Yes. Department of Social Services supports a philosophy called "Shared Parenting" where foster and birth families work together for the support of a child. Some examples of Shared parenting would be foster and birth parents attending school meetings together, participating in agency meetings and exchanging photographs so that the child feels connected with all the adults in his/her life. Foster parents can be good mentors for birth parents as well. Potential foster parents learn about shared parenting at length during the pre-service training class (MAPP- Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting).

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1. Who are the Children in DSS custody?
2. Who are the Foster and Adoptive Resource Families in DSS?
3. Does Social Services provide financial assistance to foster families?
4. How do I become a foster parent?
5. Is there a need for foster families in New Hanover County?
6. What happens when a child cannot be placed with a family in New Hanover County?
7. What happens when children cannot return to their birth family?
8. What is Foster Care?
9. Who takes Care of the Children in Foster Care?
10. Will the birth parent know the foster parents?