That is a great question. We see this happen a lot when it comes to kinship placements. Kinship is another way of saying a child is being placed in a home with family, friends of the family, or a person that has connections to the child in care. We also see this happen when someone connects with a child that is adoptable through our videos (https://fosterarizona.org/category/meet-the-kids/) or the Children’s Heart Gallery (http://www.childrensheartgallery.org/gallery ) but is not yet licensed to foster or adopt.
It does not typically happen with a child that is currently placed in a foster family unless the new family meets one of the above criteria (kinship or child moving from foster to adoptive home). It can happen with kids placed in group homes or shelters as the preference is typically to place them in foster homes to give them more normalcy.
Although there are always unique situations, we hope this helps broadly answer this question.
Thank you for your great question! If you have questions, send them to #youaskedfa or Kim@fosteraz.com