Foster Parents; “back to the basics,”
documentation. Part 6 of 9.
We were talking about our journals and what information we will enter into them, our composition books. If another foster parent asks you what kind of notebook she needs for the purpose of journal, documentation what will you tell her, and why?
- Now back to our previous conversation; we had just stated, “get in the habit of leaving pen and paper beside the telephone so that you can take notes during the conversation. & Write in your journal if your social worker made any comments on the child’s background, or nickname name the child likes.
Are there any emotional behaviors you need to be aware of? Has the child been diagnosed with RAD, ADD, ADHD or FAS? Find out the qualifications for therapeutic qualified foster care homes in your state. Here is an example, Therapeutic requirements are on page 5. Link
- List each item that Child brought with him/her in the front of the child’s journal. Never let the journals out of your sight, never let anyone borrow them. Keep them in a locked file cabinet, if you need evidence to provide for court make copies yourself and place them into your “law book’ for easy reference.
- Documentation also includes pictures at times, if you notice a bruise on the child, or injury of any kind. Every visit to the hospital or doctors office receipts establish documentation through doctors and/or emergency room receipts, immediately following visitations. Always make sure you receive a copy for you records, make sure that this document states date, time and the doctors diagnosis. Did the child make any statements to the doctor? Document this conversation.
Do you have any witnesses who saw you discover the injury?
For example; your neighbor who was over for coffee that afternoon when your foster child came from school? Did the accident happen at school? Where is your copy of the incident report? Change your way of thinking, prove it?
Remember your Foster Familes Examiner is not an attorney just an advocate who works on your behalf. You need to write on the outside of each of your journals this statement which is called the,
Work Product Doctrine, and attorney-client privilege; In American Civil procedure, the work-product doctrine protects materials prepared in anticipation of litigation from discovery by opposing counsel. It is also known as the work-product rule, the work-product immunity, the work-product privilege (somewhat erroneous terminology), and the work-product exception.
We offer this quote taken from a case involving the work product doctrine/attorney client privilege, documents provide by the oposing attorney that were of a private nature.
California’s work product rule creates a qualified privilege against discovery of an attorney’s general work product and an absolute privilege against discovery of an attorney’s impressions, conclusions, opinions or legal theories. (Code Civ. Proc., ? 2018.) Where, as here, a qualified rather than absolute privilege applies, “… the work product of an attorney is not discoverable unless the court determines that denial of discovery will unfairly prejudice the party seeking discovery in preparing that party’s claim or defense or will result in an injustice.” (Code Civ. Proc., ? 2018, subd. (b).) Link
Question; would this cover personal journals taken from a home of a foster parent written by the foster parent?
We wanted to give you an example of a guide offered on line to journaling, take a look at this, cost to you $10.00 (link). While we provide your training free on Examiner page. No matter where you obtain your knowledge getting it is what is paramount to us. We offer a complete exploration into Documentation, Administrative Law, Allegations, in an easy to understand guide, a comprehensive manual to assist your attorney, or if you have decided to handle your own case “Pro Se”, all are covered in what people who have utilized it call a “must have” for every foster/adoptive or biologcial parent, “Standing in the Shadow of Law”.
- As the best guide ever written say’s “Be ready to give an anwer.“
Suggested reading, Pro Se. Part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6 / part 7 / part 8 / part 9.
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