This handbook was developed to assist you and your family to understand the types of services we offer and guide you as you begin a new journey of striving for increased independence in your community.  


During your admission meeting you will be given very specific information regarding services available, your new family, and your rights. 

 We hope you enjoy your new home and

   are satisfied with the supports you

  receive.  Your satisfaction is our goal and

  we look forward to sharing your

  accomplishments with you.




It is the belief of the Children’s Sanctuary that all children have the right to realize their fullest potential within a supportive environment.  

Our vision is a program that provides our clients and the communities we serve a holistic treatment program that includes the biological family, the foster parents, teachers, caseworkers and other significant persons, and focuses on the emotional, social, medical and academic needs of the special needs child.  Our goal is stability and permanence for the child, either through reuniting the child with the biological family, adoption, or, in some cases, emancipation.  



·        Every child deserves a safe, permanent home with a nurturing, caring family.  

·        Every child should be treated with dignity and understanding.  

·        Every child is an individual with human rights and legal rights.  

·        Every child has a right to participate in the development of his/her treatment plan.  

·        Reunification with the biological family should be the primary goal for a child.  

·        If reunification is not possible, then an adoptive home will be found.



The mission of Children’s Sanctuary is to provide care, treatment and case management services for children with special needs in a safe, nurturing foster home with trained therapeutic foster parents.  






Your foster parent name is:  
Your foster parent name is:  
Your new address is:  
Your new telephone number is:  
Your CSI social worker is:  
Your counselor is:  

The following people will be supporting you

Your CSI case manager is:   Phone:  
Your counselor is:   Phone:  
Your state worker is:   Phone:  

Your foster parents will support you daily in your new home. They will encourage you to complete all activities of daily living as independently as possible.  They will support and assist you in making choices, decisions, and helping you make new friends.  Your foster parents will make sure you get to your doctors’ appointments, school and work.  They will assist you in taking your medications if needed. 





Children’s Sanctuary believes that with the proper level of support, you can live in a foster home in the community. Your foster parents and our staff are committed to assisting you in making valuable choices and helping you realize your personal goals.   We will do this through individualized planning based on your needs, goals, and dreams.  Treatment, support, and services are individualized and meaningful to you.  

Services provided by Children’s Sanctuary are focused on wants, needs, and desires identified by you with the help of a group of knowledgeable professionals who have experience in working with children and families. These personalized plans are the driving force in service development.  The type and frequency of services are designed to meet your unique needs.  


There are various levels of support that we provide that are tailored to just for you.  During your admission meeting, your team will work with you to determine the level of support that you will need.  

Treatment Team Meetings

Treatment Team Meetings will be conducted quarterly or more frequently if necessary.  During these meetings, your team will insure that you are satisfied with the services you are receiving and will provide additional input to your individualized plan.

Your Staff

A number of different types of people will be supporting you in your home.  The following is a written description of each staff member and the role they play.

Your Foster Parents

Foster Parents will provide you with direct care services. All foster parents have received extensive training in your rights and responsibilities, nutrition, CPR/First Aid, medication administration, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, vehicle safety, and other areas.  

Treatment Director 

The Treatment Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of our treatment program and the supervision of your foster parents. The Treatment Director also supervises your social worker in the coordination of your services, and is responsible to insure your treatment plan is being followed and recommendations are implemented.  The Treatment Director is your advocate when you have issues with your services.  

Social Worker  

Your Social Worker will guide your team in developing a plan to meet your needs and interests. He or she will support you and represent you with the schools and other agencies to insure your future success.  A Children’s Sanctuary Social Worker is available to you when needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Your Treatment Team  







Children’s Sanctuary operates on the premise that outcomes result from the collective efforts of a team.  The team effort in coordinating the services for each individual is the very purpose of our agency's existence.   The Treatment Team is a group of people who are responsible for insuring that training, supports, and services are coordinated to meet each individual’s desires and needs.  The members of this team are also responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring the delivery of these services.  

You are the most important member of the team.   Your opinions are respected and there will be no negative consequences for voicing a want, desire or complaint.  We also value the opinions of your family and friends.  Every member of your team has an equal voice in the outcome of the meeting.   Sometimes, all the members of your team may not attend your meeting.  Their opinions and professional input are given through the evaluations and assessments they complete.  The attendance of various professionals and consultants will also vary depending upon the issues to be discussed.  

Anyone who has an impact on your life may be a member of your team. This includes your friends, family, Children’s Sanctuary staff, your doctor, state or county worker, psychologist, teachers, employers and others that impact your daily life.  

Your treatment team will meet every three months to review the services you are receiving and determine if they are helping you achieve your goals.  Your team can meet at any time if you, your social worker, or another team member feel there is a need for review.  The following describes the different types of team meetings:  




This meeting is held the day you move into your new home.   You, your new foster parents, your social worker, your state worker and the people who know you best, such as your family or friends, will get together and determine what areas you require support.  A Pre-Treatment plan will be developed to include the services that you and your team identify as possible supports for you.  Various appointments will be scheduled with physicians, a psychologist, counselor, etc.  These persons will become members of your team and will complete assessments and evaluations that will identify your strengths, needs, and desires.  Your team members will develop recommendations for treatment, services and supports you will need.

Treatment Plan Meeting

Within the first 21 days and quarterly thereafter, your team will meet with you to determine your goals, supports and service needs.  Needs are identified through assessments and evaluations completed prior to the meeting. They will be incorporated into your Treatment Plan.  

Interim Treatment Team Meetings  

These meetings may be held at any time and requested by you or any member of your team.  These meetings can evaluate changes in your life and consider recommendations and solutions to on-going and/or emerging issues.  Changes in your treatment objectives or support needs may be implemented.  Other situations that call for a meeting may include behavioral concerns, medical problems, family concerns, purchases, work/school issues, etc.  

Transition and Discharge Planning Meetings

 This meeting is held to help prepare you for a move to a new home or return to your family.  The focus of this meeting is to develop a plan with support systems to allow for a successful transition to a new environment.  This process actually begins with your very first Individual Treatment Plan, but the transition meeting is usually held 14 to 30 days prior to the move.  However, if a safety or health issue exists, a discharge meeting may occur at anytime.

Discharge Meetings  

This meeting is held the day you plan to move. Your social worker or foster parent will meet with the people who will be supporting you in the future and finalize the transition plan.  Your social worker will give you any information about your new home.                                

Rights and Responsibilities 

You will be assisted in your home on a daily basis in the protection of your rights.  

Your foster parents will provide you with  

…privacy and choice






...freedom of speech and confidentiality


...freedom of religion and your basic civil rights.






Your foster parent will provide you with new clothing as needed.  





Your foster parents will give you a weekly allowance,

Age 6 to 11 = $3.50.  Age 12 to 17 = $7.00, and help you start a savings account.  




A very important right that you have is the right to remain free from mistreatment, abuse and neglect.  Foster parent’s and social worker’s first responsibility is to insure your safety and well-being.  Your foster parents and social worker are provided with training in the areas of consumer rights, definitions of abuse and neglect, and the laws and procedures for reporting violations of rights or abuse/neglect.  If an incident is reported, you are guaranteed a timely and objective response to alleged or witnessed incidents of abuse or neglect, including a plan of correction to insure future safety.  All allegations are taken seriously and a thorough investigation is completed. Appropriate outside regulatory agencies are also contacted as indicated.  

Another important right that you have is the right to confidentiality.  All information, including written reports, video and audio information and computer-stored information, is confidential.  This information is guarded from unauthorized disclosure without your guardian’s specific consent.  Your records will be stored in a locked cabinet and made accessible only to program staff involved in your Individual Treatment Plan, and consultants hired to provide services to you.

Important: You have a right as a human being to be free of financial, physical or sexual exploitation, humiliation and retaliation.  If you feel that any of these rights have been violated, report this to your Children's Sanctuary Social Worker or your state case worker immediately.

Your foster parents and social worker will assist you in exercising your rights in all aspects of your life, and they will report any potential violations of your rights in accordance with Children’s Sanctuary’s policies and procedures and state regulations.  Your rights will be reviewed with you at your admissions meeting and annually thereafter.  Although you have these rights, you must be responsible in exercising them.  If requested, our staff will assist you in exercising your rights and making informed choices.  They will provide you with training so that you may become more independent in exercising your rights. You may request a copy of the policy and procedure at any time.


Due Process







       Public Custodial Agency

                   Executive Director

                    Treatment Director

                Social Worker

  Foster Parents

 The Youth


You, your family and/or guardian will always participate in the decision making process of your plan.  At times, you may be unhappy with the decision or feel it is inappropriate.  In addition, you may have concerns regarding other matters in the home or community such as foster parent issues, recreational opportunities, or school concerns.  Children’s Sanctuary has specific informal and formal methods for dealing with your concerns. Children’s Sanctuary affords all individuals, parents, guardians or legal representatives the opportunity for due process.  If informal methods of resolution are unsuccessful, you may file a grievance.  At no time will your decision to file a grievance have a negative effect on you or your family.  If you have a question, comment or concern, please address it first with your foster parents or your social worker.  They will attempt to informally resolve the issue and address the problem at the time it is reported.  If for some reason they cannot solve the complaint, you may formally file a grievance with the Treatment Director.  This can be done in verbal or written form.  If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, you can ask that the Executive Director review the grievance as well.  Finally, a representative of your public custodial agency may be asked to make a final decision on any matter that cannot be resolved by our staff.  

Home Rules and Responsibilities  

We want you to be able to make choices that will make you comfortable in your new home.   You will be sharing your home with others that have common interests and goals. However, not everyone likes the same things or has the same goals.  Although we want everyone who lives in the home to have a voice and make choices that do not offend others, basic home rules and responsibilities will be established by your foster parents.  These rules will be reviewed with you at your admission meeting.  If issues arise, your social worker can assist your family in coming up with solutions to problems, revisions to rules, etc.  It is very important that you and your new family respect each other’s privacy, personal possessions, and feelings. 

In your new home, you will have many responsibilities, such as

keeping a clean room,






...helping with household chores,





 ...and completing your personal hygiene needs.





Your foster parents will assist you if you are unable to complete these tasks.  However, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. Your foster parents will review the house rules and responsibilities with you in detail at your admission meeting.


Visiting Away from Your Home





At times you may want to visit your birth family or friends.  We will support you in having regular contact with your family and friends.  

Plans for visitation with your family will be outlined in your treatment plan and can only be changed with approval from your state or county worker.  

In the event you want to have an extended visit with friends we will encourage you to do so, however, you must get approval from your social worker.  

Telephone and mail contact with family and friends will also be outlined in your treatment plan.  






Your foster parents will give you an orientation to emergency procedures within the first 48 hours of your placement with them.  Be sure to ask questions related to any procedure that is unclear.  We want to make sure you are safe during your time in our program.



We hope that this handbook has assisted you in understanding more about our agency and the home you are living in.  Please keep your handbook and refer to it when needed.  

We want to welcome you again to your new home!  We wish you much happiness and success in the future.

If you need further information or have any questions, please contact you Children's Sanctuary, Inc. Social Worker (Case Manager) or Treatment Director.  They will be happy to assist you.  

Cecil R. Geary

Executive Director

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.





Children’s Sanctuary Child & Family Handbook

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