Foster Parents; “back to the basics,”
Documentation. Part 3 of 9.
In part 2, of this series we were discussing what we will continue to refer throughout this documentation category as your “law book”, you are now aware that we are not referring to a Black’s / Baron’s Law dictionarys, or a book that you would find in a law library. We will tell you about the book that will guide you, a manual, a straightforward organizational book you will help you put together your “law book” which is a place to keep all of your documents safe and organized. Both personal and/or the foster child’s journals we will include that a little bit later on in this series.
- Our mission is not to frighten you, what you are doing is a noble cause, it undoubtedly is. To extend your hand to a child in need is one of the most urgent jobs there is on this earth. However, do not let it become the most economic and emotionally devastating thing you have ever done, educate yourself, be ready for that storm that will come to visit you.
Know your rights in the foster care world and the outside world. Examples,
a). Are you aware of your Constitutional rights.
b). If social workers came to your door today would you know what to do, what is legally appropriate for them?
c). If they have a police officer with them does this make it legal for them to remove your children, what about your foster children?
“It is your responsibility to educate yourself, before the storm is raging in your home”.
Pay close attention; Do we have your attention? Most foster/adoptive/biological parents are so frightened by the mere mention of Child Protective Services, most of the time bypass their own Constitutional Rights and willingly allow CPS to enter their homes. They are thinking they have nothing to hide and allow them in their homes.
- Education is your only defense. Again we are not saying you have to all become attorney’s, paralegals, or even an advocate but at least know your way around a courtroom comfortable in that kind of setting, be able to communicate in that situation and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Most of our subscribers know that we are firm believers in defining words that we frequently use in our teaching. What does the word documentation mean, to furnish information, proof, or support of something.
Now that we have covered why we journal now we will look into the how to journal or as we refer to it as documentation. We must understand documentation is an excellent practice to get into for anyone, under any circumstance, not just for foster parents to understand, but anybody can benefit by following these easy standards of practices in our everyday lives.
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