The length of time children may remain in foster care depends on the circumstances that bring a child into foster care as well as the overall progress and strength of the child’s case plan. The Embrace Florida Kids team’s first goal is to reunite children with their families. The first step involves establishing an individualized service plan —a plan encompassing required actions for all parties involved with that child’s care to perform for reunification to occur. These plans ultimately serve as a road map for bringing children back home.
While this may be an emotionally trying time, it’s important to understand that during the first fifteen months a child remains in foster care, states are required by law to work to bring parents and children back together. However, laws and policies governing reunification vary by state.