New York State Foster Parent Manual

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New York State Foster Parent Manual
Table of Contents

  • To the Foster Parent Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One 
  • Being a Foster Parent … 1
  • 1. Your Role as a Foster Parent ….2
  • 2. Rights of Foster Parents ….2
  • 3. Being a Member of a Team ….3
  • 4. Training ….3
  •    Requirements …3
  •    MAPP Training …. 4
  •    Other Training for Foster Parents …4
  • 5. Payments …5
  •    Board and Care Rates ….5
  •    Therapeutic Foster Boarding Home Eligibility …7
  •    Clothing Allowances …7
  •    Day Care …7
  •    Transportation …8
  •    School-related Expenses … 8
  •    Activity Fees ….8
  •    Camp Fees …8
  •    Damage or Loss of Property …8
  •    Miscellaneous Expenses ….8
  • 6. Foster Parents’ Agency Record …9
  • Chapter Two
  • When a Child Comes into Foster Care … 11
  • 1. Why Are Children Placed in Foster Care? …12
  • 2. Matching the Child and the Foster Home ….12
  • 3. Being Prepared When a Child is Placed …13
  •    Items to Have on Hand ….13
  •    Materials and Forms …14
  • 4. How Placement Affects Children …14
  • 5. Welcoming a Child into Your Home …15
  •    Some Do’s and Don’ts of Welcoming the New Child …15
  •    Helping the Child Understand Your Family Routine ….16
  •    Helping the Child Understand Family Rules ….16
  • 6. Creating a Life Book ….17
  • Chapter Three
  • Communication, Ongoing & Emergency ….19
  • 1. Ongoing Communication …. 20
  • 2. Calling the Caseworker …20
  • 3. Events in the Child’s Life …21
  • 4. Changes in the Foster Home ….22
  • 5. Calling Another Foster Parent …22
  • 6. Emergencies … 22
  •    Suicide ….23
  • Chapter Four
  • Getting Started, The Basics …25
  • 1. Confidentiality and Right to Privacy …26
  •    The Child’s Right to Privacy …26
  •    Personal Property ….27
  •    Media … 27
  • 2. Discipline …. 27
  •    Helping Children Manage Their Behaviors …28
  •    New York State Office of Children and Family
  •    Services Regulatory Standard on Discipline of
  •    Children in Foster Care …29
  • 3. Health and Medical Care ….29
  •    Consent and Medical Treatment …30
  •    Medical Examination Requirements for
  •    Children in Foster Care …30
  •    Prescriptions …31
  •    Immunizations ….31
  •    Family Planning Services / Sexual Counseling …31
  •    Medical Transportation …31
  •    A Medication Guide ….32
  • 4. Developmental and Behavioral Factors ….33
  • 5. School …. 35
  •    Attending/Quitting School ….35
  •    Special Education Needs …35
  •    Special Payments …35
  •    After High School …37
  • 6. Religion …38
  • 7. Cultural Factors …38
  • 8. Day Care/Respite Care….38
  • 9. Safety …39
  •    Fire Safety …39
  •    Cars and Bicycles ….39
  •    Firearms and Hunting …39
  •    Day-to-Day Safety ….39
  • 10. Liability …40
  • 11. Social Security….40
  • Chapter Five
  • Daily Life ….41
  • 1. Consent …42
  • 2. Social and Recreational Activities ….42
  • 3. Dating …. 43
  • 4. Transportation ….43
  • 5. Trips and Vacations …43
  • 6. Clothing …. 43
  • 7. Allowance …44
  • 8. Chores and Work ….44
  • 9. Babysitting …45
  • 10. Savings …45
  • 11. Joining the Armed Forces ….46
  • 12. Driving and Owning a Car ….46
  • 13. Getting Married …46
  • 14. Smoking ….46
  • 15. Hair Care ….46
  • 16. Piercing and Tattooing ….46
  • Chapter Six
  • Teamwork …47
  • 1. Helping Plan for Permanency …48
  • 2. Relationship with the Child’s Parents….48
  • 3. Role in Parent-Child Visits ….49
  •    Visiting Plans …49
  •    Helping Make Successful Visits ….49
  •    When There Are Problems With Visits ….49
  •    Helping the Child With Visits …50
  • 4. Relationship with the Caseworker ….51
  •    Caseworker Contacts … 51
  • 5. Participating in Service Plan Reviews ….52
  • 6. Participating in Court Hearings ….53
  •    The Family Court and Different Types of Hearings …53
  •    Permanency Hearings …54
  •    Finding of “No Reasonable Efforts” ….54
  •    Legal Rights of Foster Parents …55
  • 7. Services to Parents, Children, and Foster Parents …55
  •    Services to Parents ….55
  •    Services to Children …56
  •    Services to Foster Parents ….56
  • 8. Preparing Youth for Self-Sufficiency …56
  •    Life Skills Services …56
  •    Family Planning Services and/or
  •    Sexual Counseling….57
  • Chapter Seven
  • Concerns for Foster Parents … 59
  • 1. When a Child Leaves a Foster Home ….60
  • 2. When a Child is Removed from a Foster Home …61
  •    Policy on Removal from Foster Care …62
  •    Fair Hearing …62
  • 3. Closing a Foster Home ….63
  • 4. Reopening a Foster Home ….63
  • 5. Deciding Whether to Stay in the Program ….63
  • 6. Abuse and Neglect of a Child in Foster Care …64
  •    Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect …64
  •    When a Foster Parent is the Subject of a Report …64
  • Chapter Eight
  • Adopting a Foster Child …67
  • 1. Deciding to Adopt a Foster Child …68
  • 2. Starting the Adoption Process …68
  •    Foster Parent Preference in Adopting….68
  •    Declaration of Interest in Adopting …69
  •    Adoption Home Study ….69
  •    Fingerprinting ….69
  •    Information You Should Receive …69
  •    Adoptive Placement Agreement …69
  • 3. Adoption Subsidy ….70
  •    What is an Adoption Subsidy? …70
  •    Adoption Subsidy Agreement…70
  •    Rates of Payment…70
  •    Refusing an Adoption Subsidy …70
  •    Reimbursement of Nonrecurring
  •    Adoption Expenses …70
  • 4. Finalizing the Adoption ….71
  •    Hiring a Lawyer ….71
  •    The Adoption Packet …71
  •    Keeping Track of the Adoption Case …72
  •    Going to Court on Finalization Day …72
  •    Glossary …73
  • Appendix A:
  • Certification and Approval of Foster Homes
  • 1. Requirements for Certifying and
  •    Approving Foster Homes …81
  •    Regulations…81
  • 2. Kinship (Relative) Foster Care …83
  • 3. Criminal History Record Check …83
  • 4. Foster Parent Orientation ….84
  • 5. Completion of Certification/Approval Process …84
  • Appendix B:
  • Positive Approaches to Discipline ….85
  • Charts
  • Board and Care Rates …6
  • Medication Log (Sample) …34
  • Developmentally-Related Activities …36
  • Agency’s Recommended Allowance by Child’s Age ….44
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