In such cases, an individual or individuals other than the parents are granted custody or given a temporary guardianship or foster care arrangement by a court.
In general, courts would prefer that a child remain with family members than be placed in foster care.
Children come to foster care for a number of reasons.
A small percentage of children are in foster care because their parents feel unable to control them, and their behavior may have led to delinquency or fear of harm to others.
Therapeutic or treatment foster care can be in a group home or foster home with a specific structure and treatment focus.