Not all foster care cases end in adoption or the child going back to the biological parents. Sometimes, the child ends up being put into the care of another family member, such as an aunt or grandparent.
When children are first pulled from their homes, CPS will start looking for family members who are willing to take the kids. They would always rather have a child placed with family then go into the foster care system. Sometimes, unfortunately, other family members are unwilling (or sometimes unable) to take the children, which means that they will then be placed into a foster home. Other times, family members might be able and willing to take a child, but need to be cleared by CPS first. In this case, the child will be first placed in a foster home to be cared for while CPS does a background check on the family.
It can take different lengths of time for children to be placed in the care of their family members. We've had kids from a long weekend up to a few months. It really depends on the situation. With family who are out of state, it can take even longer because CPS needs to cross state lines and work with other agencies.
Seeing kids leave our house for any reason can be sad, but I think that sometimes I feel better if they go to another family member. You just never know what is going to happen with a child after they leave the foster home, but I guess I feel like if a family member is willing to reach out and go through the background check and whatnot, then they must really care for the child and want to take them. It feels like they'll be safe there.
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