Foster Parents; “Back to the basics”
documentation. Part 1 of 9
This week we begin a new subject, “back to the basics” then we must decide what are the basics? In deciding the most useful workshops conducted for new foster parents what would the most relevant topics be, designed to give you the basic information to provide you the most comprehensive protection net possible.
When, an individual has made the determination to serve as a foster parent, they must be licensed by the state in which they reside, in order to achieve this they must take so many hours of training as dictated by their states requirements. So, the next step is to enroll in a class, many times provided by their local or state Foster Parents Association. The classes planned around a nationwide curriculum called MAPP, stands for Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting designed to provide you with the basics.
- Question; Model Approach on whose behalf, this model is seriously lacking on behalf of those who are at risk, you are the one that is at risk.
Next logical question is asked of yours truly as Foster Parents Legal Solutions, would be what else do we need to prepare us for fostering, and why? Our primary educational minimums would be as follows.
- Documentation, that is not only the reasons for but also include effective methods of doing so.
2. Allegations, one of the biggest problems foster parents face. Why do we need to know,
“It is not a matter of if, but when an allegation will be filed against you.
Insert quote from FFT magazine Sept/Oct issue.
Remember our statement earlier; you are;
” guilty until proven innocent”, unfair but this is the way it is.
Question; Knowing this why would minimum knowledge not be taught as essential fostering 101? Minimun knowledge we need to know.
a). what are my rights when an allegation is filed?
b). What can we expect.
c). What is a C.A. P.
3. Administrative Law, we do not expect you to become an expert in this, but we believe you need the basics, listed below.
a). Copy of my contract, that agreement you signed (a contract).
4. Basic knowledge and/or terminology used in everyday aspects of the Foster Care System.
a). The rules and regulations for my agency, did you receive a copy?
b). My agency manual.
c). What my state Statutes have to say about foster parents.
Remember, our mission is to provide you an on line resource, knowledge free of charge. You see, we believe in you our philosophy is this, if you provide a comprehensive training to foster parents equipping them to face the challenges they will encounter on a daily basis they are more likely to remain foster parents after the first storm hits them.
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