Foster parents are people who are genuinely concerned about the well-being of children and families. Foster parents recognize that not all biological families have the physical, intellectual or emotional resources to provide children with what they need to grow into healthy, happy, productive adults. Foster parents are acutely aware of the crises, stress and social problems that result in the abuse and neglect of children; or in the adolescent behaviors of truancy, running away or unruliness. Additionally, foster parents are people who realize that sometimes family conflicts become so severe that children must be removed from their homes, for their own safety. Foster parents also recognize that they must play an integral role in helping the child maintain family ties, as deemed appropriate, as well as helping to meet the child’s overall safety & well-being needs.