Foster Parents; “Back to the basics,”
documentation. Part 2 of 9
In part 1, we began a new series in which we are going “back to the basics” we started determining what the basics should be? What would be the most beneficial classes and/or workshops to be conducted for new foster parents on this on line resource, the most relevant topics designed to provide the basic knowledge offering you the most comprehensive safety net possible.
We had just made a statement that bears repeating, “we believe in you, our philosophy is this,
- if we offer a comprehensive education to foster parents we will better prepare our current foster parents to face daily challenges they are likely to remain foster parents after the first hurricane hits them”.
Now let us continue. To ask you to face this storm alone without the proper knowledge in preparation for it is absurd, more importantly it is a sad distrustful way to embark on a lasting relationship? Foster parents associations we challenge you to create, a new way, a new day with us. Offer classes on the subjects above to your new foster parents; teach them the methods tried and true of Documentation (part 1 of a 9 part series) Allegations (part 1 of 6), Administrative Law. (part 1 of 5)
- Let us prove to you that this is the secret of retaining your states foster parent team. Suggested reading Rentention of foster Parents. (part 1 of 10).Let us prove to you that this is the secret of retaining your states foster parent team. You see, as advocates we do not know everything; however, we do share what we do know. Our philosophy is straightforward; We all need to share what we know, truth instead of the alternative, that is, hiding a foster parents head in the sand and pretending that all is well in foster care. The pending storm on the horizon requires truth, it is they who are at risk.
Basic educational facilitation is foremost and then following support. It is necessary to provide them a strong support system where they can get the badly needed counseling, advice and someone to listen to their problems, offer solutions. Foster Parents Legal Solutions has been this support for going on thirteen years, we have them covered in that department. If we simply work in unison, together we can offer our foster parents a safety net.
We bring to the table a national toll free number for support, educational resources a place to ask questions and get answers. Let us try to work together, as in Foster Parents Associations & Foster Parents Legal Solutions.
- 877-FPA-CHILD (372-2445)
Sometimes, trying a different method is needed, especially when the present method is not working. Better to spend more on educational resources, opportunities for instruction than to waste your federal funds targeted toward retention year after year after year. Honesty is always the best policy.
We also believe that, in all fairness, foster parents should have available to them attorneys to assist them through allegations, right from the onset of the problem. Many times additional procedures can be avoided if the agency is made aware that a foster parent has access to a qualified attorney. Unfortunately, most foster parents do not have 5-10 K that is required to retain an attorney. As we often say “Lady Justice wears a price tag on her sleeve”, and can determine whether you afford justice, if you cannot afford it?
What is the alternative to retaining an attorney? Many are forced to try to defend themselves (Pro Se) and haven’t a clue how to go about this. Although, we never recommend this alternative as without an attorney you have weeks to prepare your own case for a courtroom. We believe that attorneys have priced themselves out of this foster care market. We can offer assistance in this area too offering parents an easy to follow guide/manual to instruct them how to prepare their own cases, key words being they prepare their cases, we are not attorneys and so cannot do it for them.
Suggested reading for foster parents; Pro Se part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5/ part 6 / part 7 / part 8 / part 9
Next Topic up after this in our series of “back to the basics” Allegations, then Administrative Law. Subscribe you will be notified when we publish.