What is a Foster Care Worker?

Foster Care Worker Job Description

Foster care social workers are responsible for improving the lives of children placed or to be placed in foster care on a social and psychological basis. Foster care social workers are employed by governmental agencies or family service organizations.



Typical Job Duties

• Find homes for children who have been separated from or abandoned by their parents

• Seek new families for foster care placement network

• Visit the family and the child to ensure the relationship is working

• Contact school officials to see how the child is performing in his or her studies and socialization

• Act as a mediator when domestic problems arise

• Maintain files of foster families and children and comprehensively document interactions with families, school officials and children

• Provide training and counseling to children to help them make the most out of their foster home placement



Scholarships for Becoming a Foster Care Worker

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Foster Care Worker. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Social Work Scholarships and Women's Studies Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Foster Care Worker. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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