Foster care is a system that was created to offer a safe,
loving environment for the temporary care-taking of a child. Fostering a
child means that a caregiver has provided a State–approved
habitat to care for a child for a set period of time. While a child is in
foster care, this does not necessarily mean that the caregiver that is fostering
a child is granted automatic final legal authority over what actions are going
to be in the best interest of that child.