Many marriages know the needs of a child, like dental cleanings in Tijuana, or a good school among other things but some can not have them, but what about taking care of them temporarily? Three decades of the legal regulation of foster care in Spain have already been completed, a measure to protect children that aims to prevent the institutionalization of children who can not continue living with their parents. At present the foster care can be carried out in extended family or third-party and in three modalities (urgent, temporary or permanent) that have been defined in the reforms after the law in order to meet the needs of children and families.

Unlike fostering in other countries, the Spanish system is characterized by its stability and permanence, with interruption or rupture rates being the lowest internationally. Children often reach the age of majority in host families because situations in biological families are not solved so quickly in most cases. A child who grows up in a foster family reaches 18 years as a member of that family, while those who grow up in centers for children under 18 are on the streets, without resources, without having anywhere to go.

The mentioned complexity and the limited social knowledge of this measure have led over the last few years to create associations of welcoming families, a way of uniting people who walk a very lonely path and who need to share experiences and know what supports they have.

The associations also work to give visibility to the shelter and to break false myths and social prejudices, many of them linked to the return of children to their families of origin, which causes many families to prefer to opt for adoption out of fear. To be “removed” by the child. Although the first option that is always shuffled is the return, the objective of this protection measure is not the return, but to guarantee the child a security environment. If that security environment is restored in your family of origin, the replacement occurs, but it is not easy or so obvious. So much so that the reality is that very few returns, especially when it comes to undefined foster care.