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Adoption, Foster Care, and Other Child Related Issues

Find resources on adopting or fostering a child, raising the child of a relative, finding and paying for quality childcare, and receiving child support. Get help for a runaway teenager or one who’s thinking of running away.

Đang chơi bài , children live outside of their own home, either temporarily or on a long-term basis, with a relative instead of their parents.

Đang chơi bàiIf you are providing kinship care for a child and need support for your family, consider these resources:

Benefits and Financial Assistance

Child Care and Additional Resources

  • Know what to look for when selecting a child care provider.
  • Learn about how the child welfare system can help with .

Report Child Abuse and Neglect

Each state has an agency that receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Find out how to in your State.

to help you evaluate the quality of providers and centers as you visit or interview them.
  • Find out if the child care provider is licensed in your state. Ask to see a copy of the state license when you visit.
  • Consider these .
  • Ask your potential child care provider about their .
  • Learn how military families can .
  • Find Help Paying for Child Care

    Use these resources to find affordable services in your area:

    • State agencies offer child care assistance to eligible families. Eligibility and how to apply varies by state. Learn more from your .
    • promotes school readiness for children under five through education, health, social, and other services. Families with an income at or below the poverty level may be eligible for the programs. You can find a .
    • Use Child Care Aware’s to see how child care costs affect your monthly budget.
    • You may be eligible for child care tax credits:
      • - If you paid someone to care for your child so you could work, your child and dependent care expenses could help you reduce your federal income tax.
      • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - If you earn a low to moderate income, the EITC can help you by reducing the amount of tax you owe.
    Đang chơi bài is the creation of a new, permanent relationship between an adoptive parent and child. Once this happens, there is no legal difference between a child who is adopted and a child who is born into a family.

    Foster care is a form of “” care. Children in out-of-home care may live in relatives' homes, non-family related foster homes, treatment foster homes, or group or residential care.

    How to Become an Adoptive or Foster Family

    Đang chơi bàiThese programs can help you learn more about adoption and foster parenting:

    • Child Welfare Information Gateway - offers the , where you can find resources by state, as well as information about , including kinship care and residential and group care
    • - information for U.S. citizens adopting children from abroad, and families in other countries adopting U.S. children. Learn about

    Emotional and Health Aspects of Adoption and Foster Care

    Đang chơi bài - find links to adoption and foster care resources from a medical perspective to help you, your foster or adopted child, and your other children adapt to change

    Get Help Collecting Child Support

    Đang chơi bàiChild support is the monthly amount a court orders a child’s noncustodial parent to pay the parent with primary custody. It helps pay for a child’s needs on a daily basis, from food and housing to clothing and medical needs.

    Learn About Child Support

    You can apply through your state for child support services if you have primary custody of your child and need help to:

    • Establish a child support order from court

    • Đang chơi bàiCollect support payments

    You will automatically get a referral for child support services if you get help from any of these programs:

    How to Get Child Support

    To get help with child support, follow these steps:

    1. Đang chơi bàiContact your .

    2. Đang chơi bài you’ll need to present with your application.

    3. Complete an application from your state.

    4. If you can't resolve the problem through your local office, check these .

    In most cases, the state or local government manages problems like nonpayment. If you know the location of a noncustodial parent who may be behind in their payments, reach out to .

    Child Support Enforcement Abroad

    For questions about child support payments from or to someone in another country, search OCSE's . There may be a state or national agreement to provide child support services with the country in question. If you need further help, .

    Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth

    The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) works to help keep America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

    Call the NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929Đang chơi bài) if you are:

    • A who is thinking of running away from home
    • A of someone who has run away and are looking for help
    • A runaway ready to go home through the
    • Looking for information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running away from home

    If you aren't ready to call, visit the to live chat, email the crisis center, or post to the bulletin board.

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    Last Updated: November 23, 2020