Generally not. Families and their foster children obviously enjoy having pets. We would only be concerned if there were issues of safety, cleanliness, or health factors, i.e.. a child’s allergies.
Yes. We understand that foster parents need a social life of their own. Rules regarding babysitting will be shared with you in your pre-placement training.
Yes. However, you must make arrangements with the social worker regarding any out-of-county travel and in most cases, the court must approve.
Yes. Law prohibits foster parents from using any form of physical punishment. The use of positive discipline, combined with warmth and caring attention is encouraged in educating the child to conform to the standards of your family and our society. Various strategies are explored during Trauma Informed Pre-Service (TIPS) training.
Yes. Foster parents have the right to accept or decline a child offered for placement.
Yes, to the extent that information is available and relates to meeting the needs of the child in foster care. We encourage Resource Parents to ask questions to support making an informed decision about their ability to meet the needs of a child once placed in their home.
In many cases, yes. Age, gender identity, as well as "goodness of fit" are taken into consideration when determining the appropriateness of bedroom sharing and placement of a child in foster care.
Generally, the foster care payment is considered reimbursement of the expenses, not income. You should contact a tax consultant if you have any questions.
It is important to keep in mind the goal of foster care is to provide temporary care for a child in a family setting until the foster child and parents can be reunited. If this goal cannot be achieved, another permanent plan for the child is developed. If the child becomes available for adoption, their current Resource Parents are typically given priority consideration.
In order to maintain ties between parent and child where reunification is the goal, a visitation plan is required. As a member of the team, you will be expected to assist in helping support reunification. The child’s social worker will discuss with you the specific plan at the time of placement.