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Foster Care Social Story

Overview

This social story created by ASERT describes the various aspects of foster care to individuals with autism.

A smiling young girl stands outside to the left of a house.

If my home is unsafe for me, I may have to live in a different home.

A house with a car outside of it is shown above the text

This home is called a foster care home.

A smiling young girl stands to the left of a smiling man and a woman holding a bag.

There will be adults who take care of me and keep me safe in my foster home.

A smiling man and a woman carrying a bag stand together in the center of the image.

They are called foster parents.

A smiling girl and boy stand in the center of the image.

There may be other children living in my foster home.

A smiling young girl stands next to the right of a teddy bear and suitcase.

When I leave my home, I may get to take some of my favorite things to my foster home.

A stack of books, stuffed rabbit, and hairbrush are shown in the center of the image.

I may also get new things at my foster home.

A shirt and pants are shown in the center of the image.

I may have to wear clothes that look and feel different from my old clothes.

A knife and fork and plate with a hamburger, apple, and carrots are shown in the center of the image.

The food my foster parents cook may taste different.

A room with a bed, bookshelf, plant, and window.

The bed in my foster home may feel different from my bed at home.

A clipboard with the word

There may be new rules I will have to follow.

A woman wearing a robe who is a judge stands behind a desk holding a wooden hammer.

The court will decide if or when I can see my parents.

A woman in the center of the image says,

People I don't know may ask me questions about my family.

A woman carrying a briefcase walks toward a smiling girl standing outside a house.

I will meet new adults when they visit me at my foster home.

A smiling girl stands in front of a car and a woman on the driver's side.

These new adults may pick me up for school.

A man in a white coat holding a clipboard stands to the left of a smiling girl in a doctor's office.

They may take me to the doctors.

A man and a girl stand in front of a woman standing behind a desk who is a judge.

Someone might take me to court to meet with a judge, who will ask me questions.

A woman wearing a robe who is a judge stands behind a desk holding a wooden hammer.

The court will decide if or when I can go back home.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.