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Adult foster care

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You may picture foster care as tending to children and teens who have been abused or neglected. But foster care is also a solution for adults – especially those with developmental disabilities or other special needs.

What is adult foster care?

Adult foster care is a form of long-term care where adults reside in private homes and are assisted and trained to be as independent as possible. Performing their daily living skills such as bathing, dressing and medication management, with as much assistance as needed from the foster parents. Adult foster care homes also provide the residents help with doing household chores, preparing meals and attending medical appointments. Our foster homes for adults provide a family-like environment while including those served in household events and helping them participate in community events.   Most of these individuals attend a day program or work during the day.  The goal is to provide a home-like environment with social stimulation and daily care so that adults with disabilities can maintain some independence and autonomy over their lives.

To be designated as an adult foster home, the home setting must be licensed by the state, and the level of care provided can vary based on the needs of the person served. Lakeview Center’s adult foster care homes are licensed through the Florida Department of Children and Families.

To learn more about becoming an adult foster parent, please call Lakeview Center’s Special Populations Network team at 850-495-5566.

Lakeview Center also provides specialized foster care services for children. Learn more here.

Our team members with FamiliesFirst Network provide child welfare, foster care and adoption services in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Learn more at

Program questions or assistance:
Lakeview Center Special Populations Network: 850-495-5566

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