What type of contact will I have with the birth parents of the foster child?
The amount and type of contact you will have with your foster child's birth or current parents is different with each case. In some cases the birth parents are very actively involved, they may be visiting the kids, taking them to court hearings or other appointments. This will give you a lot of time as a foster parent to get to know them better. This is especially helpful if you are looking to create a bond and relationship that lasts longer than the time the child is in your care.
In other cases, the birth parents may not be involved at all. But as a whole, foster care is moving towards keeping the birth parents involved and allowing these relationships to grow. This newer way of thinking has proven to create stronger partnerships and results in resolving the issue that put the child in foster care quicker. For the best interest of the children, it is beneficial to move them out of foster care as soon as it is safe.