CHILDREN’S SANCTUARY, INC.
TREATMENT FOSTER CARE
Foster Parent Handbook
must be at least 21 years of age. They
must have the maturity and patience to work with children that present a wide
range of behaviors.
OF CHILDREN PLACED: Regular
and Special Needs foster parents may care for no more than
children in the home including
children and biological children. Therapeutic
(Treatment) foster parents may not have more than two (2) therapeutic needs
children in the home. The only
exceptions are siblings with approval from the custodial agency and Children’s
Applicants must provide Children’s Sanctuary with medical statements
for all members of the household prior to licensing (certification) and
re-licensing (re-certification). All
household members must be in good mental and physical health and free from
communicable diseases or other illness that could interfere with the family’s
ability to care for a child. Required
medical forms must be signed by a physician, and dated no more than 6 months
prior to the certification date.
A physical disability of any household member, which does not impair the
family’s ability to provide adequate care for a child, will not prevent the
family from fostering. If a
household member has received mental health services, he or she may be asked to
sign a release of information in order to obtain additional information or an
evaluation relating to the current mental health status of the household member.
cannot be approved if their only source of income will be reimbursement for the
provision of foster care services. Applicants
must have income sufficient to meet the needs of their family. All applicants
must complete a financial statement and provide proof of income.
foster parents work outside the home, there must be an approved plan for
childcare and support systems. A childcare provider or babysitter for a foster
child must be approved by Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. and the custodial agency.
Overnight care of a foster child must be with a licensed/certified foster
OR ADULT CARE IN A FOSTER HOME: Foster
are not to operate a
homes must be located in an area that has reasonable access to schools,
churches, recreation activities and other community resources.
Foster homes should not be in high crime areas or areas unsafe for
The foster home must have adequate space to accommodate all household members.
The physical setting of the foster home must be safe for children at all
more than four children (foster or biological) may share a bedroom. Each child
must have 50 square feet of living space. Each
child is to have his/her own bed, linens and storage space. Beds must be of an
adequate size, permanent (no cots, hide-a-beds, etc) and serve no other function
within the home. Bedrooms must have heat and ventilation equal to other areas of
children under the age of two (or under 35 inches in height) must be provided
with a full-sized crib that meets the requirements of the Consumer Product
insure the safety of the children placed in the home, foster parents must
lock/secure all poisonous substances, cleaning materials, medications, alcoholic
beverages and weapons. All weapons are to be in a separate locked cabinet or
case with access available only to the foster parents.
Ammunition or other projectiles are to be stored separately from the
weapon in a locked receptacle.
pets must present no potential danger to children. Proof of immunization is
required. All areas outside the
foster home must be maintained in a safe manner.
foster homes must have a working telephone.
The home must be equipped with adequate first aid supplies, and emergency
numbers (including but not limited to police, fire, ambulance, poison control
and Children’s Sanctuary) must be posted for immediate access.
All foster homes must have fire extinguishers located on each floor of
the home, and working smoke alarms on each floor and within 10 feet of the
bedroom of each foster child. The foster family must have a posted evacuation
chart for each floor of the home, including a safe place outside the home where
all family members are to meet. The
plan must be demonstrated and explained to each foster child.
VISITS AND INSPECTIONS: A Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. foster care social worker
(FCSW) will maintain weekly phone contact with each foster home.
The FCSW will visit the home every two (2) weeks and conduct a home
safety inspection once a month. The Treatment Director or his or her designee
will provide quarterly supervisory visits to monitor the overall safety and
quality of the foster home.
AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: Children’s
Sanctuary will require that all couples provide a copy of their current marriage
license in addition to copies of any previous divorce decrees or verifications
of the death of any previous spouse. Applicants who have minor children not in
their custody must provide a copy of the visitation order.
persons may also be a foster parent. Any
other adult living in the household who may care for the child in any way should
meet all requirements of a foster parent, including orientation and pre-service
training. If a single foster parent
marries, the new spouse must meet all the same requirements and will be approved
as a foster parent within 90 days of the marriage.
All applicants shall provide the name of four personal references that will be
contacted prior to the home being certified.
CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS: For initial certification and re-certification, foster care applicants and other members of the household, age 14 and older, must undergo a criminal records check, including a finger print check. Applicants and other household members may not be convicted felons or convicted of any crime concerning the welfare of a child. A criminal history check will also be conducted annually on all adult household members.
In addition, all adult members of the household must consent to a Child Abuse/Neglect Registry check. Household members may not have substantiated abuse or neglect complaints listed on the registry.
FOSTER PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE CHILD
Foster parents shall provide structure and daily activities that provide
for the physical, social, educational, spiritual and emotional development of
children placed with them.
parents assist children in developing skills that will help them to become more
parents will not ask children to assume household chores that are not reasonable
for their age or functional ability, or require chores that exceed what is
expected of other children in the home.
Food and Nutrition: Foster parents will provide well-balanced meals and snacks of the same quality and portions that are provided to other family members. Foster children are not to be separated from the family during meals and must be served the same food as other members of the family. Foster parents must provide for any special dietary needs of children placed in their home.
and Personal Belongings:
Foster parents will provide each child with their own clothing that is
seasonal, well-fitting, appropriate, and comparable to family and community
standards. Foster parents should
include the child in the choice of new clothing.
parents will allow children to bring in and obtain personal belongings, and
insure that all these items remain with the child when they leave the home.
Foster parents are responsible for providing the appropriate supervision
for the children placed in their home. Both
the treatment team and the custodial agency will provide direction during
and Dental Care:
Foster parents shall cooperate with Children’s Sanctuary to insure that
each child receives all necessary routine and non-routine medical treatment. A
child’s case manager will discuss with the foster parent any medical
appointments that are immediately needed, and the foster parent will insure the
appointments are made and kept.
Children must have a physical exam, a vision exam and dental check-up every year. Foster parents will be responsible for scheduling and transporting children to these appointments.
the event a child needs non-routine (emergency) treatment, the foster parent
will immediately notify the case manager and transport the child for services.
In the event of any hospitalization or surgical procedure, the approval must be
obtained from the custodial agency.
(see Medication Protocol):
Foster parents may give prescription medications only when authorized by
a physician. Foster parents must
only dispense the prescribed amount. Foster
parents may not discontinue any prescribed medications without a physician’s
approval. The administration of any
medication must be documented on the Medication Log and maintained in the
child’s case record. A medication
administration course is required annually for all foster parents.
medication may be administered only in accordance with the child’s presenting
problems, and only after consultation with a physician or pharmacist.
The administration of non-prescription medication will also be documented
on the appropriate log in the child’s case record.
medications that are discontinued must be immediately destroyed in accordance
with local rules and noted on the Medication Log, indicating the date and
Confidentiality: The foster parent must treat all personal information about a foster child as confidential. Information will not be disclosed without a signed release of information and authorization from the custodial agency.
Per Diem: Foster parents receive a per diem (daily rate) for each child placed in their care. The per diem is for the care needs of the child including, but not limited to, room and board, clothing, toys, athletic equipment, school supplies, transportation and other incidentals.Allowances: One dollar of the per diem is for the child’s allowance as follows:
|AGE OF CHILD||DAILY ALLOWANCE||WEEKLY ALLOWANCE|
|Birth to age 5||Foster Parent determines||Foster Parent determines|
|6 and older||$1.00||7.00|
allowance may be given at the discretion of the foster parent.
child’s allowance is for his/her personal use and foster parents should not
make demands for it to be spent in a particular way.
Allowance money is not to be spent on necessary items for the child’s
daily care. A child’s allowance
may not be taken or withheld as a means of coercion or punishment.
Foster parents should encourage foster children to establish a savings
plan for any allowance or income they receive.
a record of allowance disbursements and submit each month to the case manager.
and Ethnic Heritage
parents must acknowledge, support and encourage all religious and ethnic beliefs
of a foster child. Foster parents
must provide foster children with the opportunity to practice their beliefs even
if they are different from the family. Foster
parents should provide transportation to worship activities requested by the
child. Foster parents must also
incorporate and document at least one cultural activity per month.
parents cannot coerce children to participate in any religious or ethnic
activity that is not of their choosing.
parents will enroll a foster child in school as soon as possible after placement
in the home.
parents will cooperate with Children’s Sanctuary and the custodial agency in
providing for educational needs that are most appropriate for the child.
parents shall take an active role in the child’s education to include
attendance at all school conferences and required meetings with school
parents will provide all foster children with opportunities to participate in
appropriate recreational activities in a manner that reflects any other child
residing in that home or community.
Parent’s responsibilities to the child’s family:
parents should refrain from providing negative feedback to a child about his/her
parents are not expected to take the place of a child’s own family, only to
provide support during the time the child is placed outside his/her biological
parents will be respectful of the child’s own family and work with them as
indicated in the child’s treatment plan.
parents will help a child to communicate and visit with their family as outlined
in the child’s treatment plan.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO CHILDREN'S SANCTUARY:
parents will accept children for placement in their home that are mutually
agreeable to all parties involved in the placement, i.e., Children’s
Sanctuary, custodial agency, foster parents.
parents will cooperate with the ongoing supervision of the home, and will
provide all information as requested by Children’s Sanctuary.
parents will participate in 20 hours of annual training and cooperate in the
annual evaluation of the foster home. Foster
parents must keep all certifications current, including First Aid and CPR.
parents will be a part of the child’s treatment team and participate in the
parents will notify Children’s Sanctuary of any changes in the household that
may affect the foster children placed there, such as a change of address, family
illness, change in the number of persons residing in the home, or other
parents must document all incidents that occur during the care of a child, and
immediately notify Children’s Sanctuary of any “critical incidents” as
outlined in our policy. A list
of Critical Incidents is provided on the back page of the Children’s Sanctuary
Incident Report form (see Appendix).
Foster parents will complete all required documentation and maintain a client file in the foster home, which will be secured in order to protect confidentiality.
Foster parents must have prior permission from Children’s Sanctuary and the custodial agency for a foster child to have an overnight visit with family or friends.Foster parents must have prior permission to transport a foster child across state lines.
Foster parents must agree to surrender the child to Children’s Sanctuary staff or the custodial agency at any time upon request.
FOSTER PARENTS’ RIGHTS
receive supervision and support in providing for the needs of the foster
children placed in the home.
be reimbursed for the care of the child as outlined in the foster care contract.
receive all known information relating to a child who is being placed in the
foster home. This information is
generally presented on a Children’s Sanctuary Safety Service Plan. All
information known to Children’s Sanctuary will be given to foster parents at
the time of placement, and it will be updated throughout the placement if any
new information is received.
be provided the opportunity to receive training that will assist them in meeting
the needs of children placed in the home.
be a member of the child’s treatment team to assist them in achieving goals.
be afforded a formal grievance procedure as an avenue to settle any conflict
that may arise between the foster parent and Children’s Sanctuary.
Sanctuary foster parents have the right to file a grievance. The decision to
file a grievance, in and of itself, will never be grounds for the revocation of
certification, denial of certification, or negative consideration of a foster
parent applicant. However, failure
to follow the steps below in a timely manner may be grounds for invalidation of
the grievance at any point in the grievance process.
Steps to file a grievance are:
Contact the Treatment Director
with a written request for a meeting.
Ø The Treatment Director will meet
with foster parent within 72 hours after the receipt of a written request.
The Treatment Director will conduct any investigation and provide a
written report to the Executive Director and foster parent within 5 working days
of the original meeting.
If the parent is not satisfied
with results of the meeting with the Treatment Director, a formal grievance must
be submitted to the Executive director within 14 days of the meeting.
The Executive Director will meet
conduct a fact-finding investigation. Written reports of the results will be
made available to the parents (copies sent to the Treatment Director).
If the parents are still not
satisfied, the foster parent may file a complaint with the Children’s
Sanctuary, Inc. Board of Directors. The
President of the Board will assign a committee to review the complaint and make
a decision. The decision of the
Board of Directors is final.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONS
Evaluation of a Foster Home
foster home will be evaluated on an annual basis to insure that the home
continues to meet Children’s Sanctuary requirements.
This evaluation will include an updated home study assessment or Annual
Review, in-home interviews with all household members, validation of annual
training hours, and the provision of specific documentation related to
Home Resource Coordinator will assist you with the re-certification process.
Foster parents should regularly check on the requirements and their
re-certification status throughout the year.
parents are expected to be an advocate for the children in their care.
Foster parents should notify Children’s Sanctuary of any significant
concerns expressed by a child. In
addition, all foster children will be made aware of their right to register
complaints at the time of their admission.
Children may voice their
complaint to foster parents or any Children’s Sanctuary staff person.
Complaints may be in verbal or
Ø The Treatment Director is the
child’s advocate and will investigate the complaint within 48 hours. The
results of the investigation will be explained to the child in a manner that
he/she will understand. If there is
any course of action that must be taken as a result of the investigation, a
written plan will be provided to all parties, including the child's family.
Ø Complaints that contain
abuse/neglect issues will be reported immediately to the statutory authorities
of Foster Children
is an educational process wherein children are assisted in the development of
self-control. Many children in foster care have been physically or sexually
abused, neglected, or exploited. Foster
parents should discipline with kindness and understanding. Foster parents should
establish well-defined rules that set expectations and limits for behavior and
provide praise and encouragement. Foster
parents will not subject children to any type of verbal abuse, including
derogatory remarks about the children or their family members.
Children should not be threatened by removal from the home.
Foster parents cannot use any of the following to
severe, bizarre or humiliating actions.
type of corporal (physical) punishment.
of food, clothing or shelter.
of visits or other contact with family members.
exercise or physical labor.
parents will not punish a child for wetting the bed or wetting/soiling his or
her clothes. There may be physical
or psychological reasons for this behavior.
parents must not allow another child (foster child or biological child) to
discipline or punish children placed in their home.
Financial, sexual, or
physical exploitation of a foster child, humiliation and retaliation are a
violation of the child’s rights and will lead to removal of the child from the
foster home and a report of abuse and neglect to the custodial agency and
possibly law enforcement.
a foster parent engages in any type of prohibited discipline, the foster home
license may be revoked.
Closure of a Foster Home
foster parent may close his or her license voluntarily by notifying Children’s
Sanctuary in writing at least 30 days prior to closing.
If a foster family wishes to become a foster parent with another foster
care agency, Children’s Sanctuary will arrange with the other agency to close
the foster home license on the date the other agency opens the license.
Foster parents must furnish Children’s Sanctuary with a signed release
before Children’s Sanctuary will release any information about the foster
parent including the foster parent’s file to the other agency.
A foster home will be closed immediately if any of the
sexual abuse or sexual exploitation by a foster parent.
physical abuse of a child or spouse.
physical or mental illness that would impair the foster parent’s ability to
effectively care for the child placed in their home.
of a felony offense by a foster parent or household member.
of any state regulation or Children’s Sanctuary policy that the agency
believes would create any safety or treatment issue related to a child placed in
the foster parent’s home.
In the event there is an allegation of abuse or neglect in the foster
home, our policy dictates that all foster children would be removed from the
home pending the outcome of the third-party investigation. However, there may be
times when the custodial agency or investigating entity will provide approval
for the children to remain in the home. In the event an allegation is
substantiated, the home would be closed immediately.
a foster home is involuntarily closed, the Treatment Director will prepare a
written statement to the foster parent outlining all reasons the home is being
closed, which will include, at a minimum, the following: 1) notice that
Children’s Sanctuary will no longer place children in the home; 2) notice that
the contract is being terminated; 3) specific reasons for the decision to close
the home; and 4) a notice of the parent’s right to appeal the decision and the
steps to the process. This statement
will be sent via registered mail within 10 days of the closing date of the home.
A copy of the statement will be maintained in the foster home file and a copy
will be forwarded to the custodial agency.
FOSTER PARENT SUPPORT GROUPFoster parents must participate in a support group meeting at least six or more times each year. Support groups are facilitated by Children’s Sanctuary staff and will include training and guest speakers. The foster parent will receive one to two hours of training credit for participation.
FOSTER PARENT RULES AND GUIDELINES
Foster parents and CSI staff must comply with the following rules and guidelines at all times.
AND NEGLECT PROTOCOL:
foster parents will be trained in the State Abuse/Neglect Protocol and the
reporting of critical incidents. You
must report any incidents or allegations of neglect, abuse, serious injury,
serious illness, or death of a child immediately to the local authorities, the
local Child Protection Hotline, and the Children's Sanctuary office or on-call
Important: Financial, sexual, or physical exploitation of a foster child, humiliation and retaliation are a violation of the child’s rights and will lead to removal of the child from the foster home and a report of abuse and neglect to the custodial agency and possibly law enforcement.
is illegal for children to possess or use alcohol or tobacco products.
Foster parents will not allow a foster child to use alcohol or tobacco.
Foster parents will not provide a foster child alcohol or tobacco.
Foster parents will provide an allowance for each child over age six.
The allowance will be paid from the foster parent's per diem.
Allowances are not to be based on a child’s behavior or willingness or
ability to complete assigned chores. With
approval from the CSI case manager and public agency worker, a youth’s
allowance may be withheld to pay for damages purposefully inflicted by the youth
on another’s person or property to the extent of the damage.
A foster parent may require a child to bank at least 50% of the
allowance. With approval from
the child's case manager or county worker, the foster parent may require a child
to bank all of his allowance if the foster parent believes the child will use
his allowance to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, or drugs. Even
children who have after school or summer jobs will received at least the
minimum daily allowance. Foster
children will receive a minimum allowance of $1 per day or $7.00 per week.
A foster may choose to give the child a larger allowance, but the
following minimum applies: Youth age six and older: $1.00 per day
or $7.00 per week. The foster parent may determine the allowance
for a child under age six.
Important: When a child is in respite, the respite parent must give
the child his or her allowance for each night the child is in the respite home.
Important: When a child is in respite, the respite parent must give the child his or her allowance for each night the child is in the respite home.
CHILDREN'S SANCTUARY CASE MANAGER VISITS: The Children’s Sanctuary case manager will visit your home at least every two weeks and contact you via telephone once each week. The Children’s Sanctuary case manager will visit your foster child away from the foster home, at least once a month. Foster parents should report any problems with the child to the Children’s Sanctuary case manager. A CSI case manager and supervisor are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week for emergencies. Report all problems affecting the child’s life as soon as possible. Examples:
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), (GAL) Guardian Ad Litem), PUBLIC CUSTODIAL AGENCY WORKER or other agent appointed by the public custodial agency or court may visit the foster home, respite home, or any place housing or caring for the child, including a baby sitter’s home at anytime unannounced. They have the right to interview the child (children) and inspect every area of the home where the child lives or has access.Important: Foster parents are to be polite, courteous and accommodating to the custodial agency worker, CASA or GAL at all times. Failure to cooperate with the custodial agency worker, CASA, or GAL may result in the removal of the foster child (children) from your care and endanger your foster care license or certification.
|6.||DAILY CARE: Foster parents provide supervision, structure, and age appropriate activities. They inform the case manager each week of the child’s successes, failures, problems, and progress. Foster parents may be required to keep a daily behavioral sheet and provide monthly written progress reports.|
public placing agency or Children’s Sanctuary may provide a clothing voucher
for a new placement. The voucher is for clothing, only.
If a voucher is used for anything other than clothing, the foster parent
will have to reimburse the public placing agency or Children’s Sanctuary.
The foster family is responsible for providing clothing for a child during placement. Buy your foster child clothes regularly. This eliminates large expenditures and allows you to take advantage of sales. Children's Sanctuary, Inc. requires you to spend $50 per month or $600 per year on new clothing for your foster child. Please keep receipts as this may be audited by CSI or your state worker.
Sanctuary will not certify or license a foster home if the foster home is being
used as a day care center. If
Children's Sanctuary determines that a foster parent is providing day care
services in the foster home, the foster parent will be asked to discontinue the
day care services immediately. If
the foster parent refuses, all foster children will be removed from the home and
Children's Sanctuary will ask the state to close the foster home license.
parents must establish clear rules, expectations and behavioral limits including
logical and natural consequences for negative behavior.
In disciplining a child, follow these guidelines:
NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING FOR DISCIPLINE:
Important: Financial, sexual, or physical exploitation of a foster child, humiliation and retaliation are a violation of the child’s rights and will lead to removal of the child from the foster home and a report of abuse and neglect to the custodial agency and possibly law enforcement.
parents must complete an incident report if the foster child experiences any
serious problems or presents any serious behavioral problems in the home,
school, or public setting. Your case
manager will supply you with an incident report form.
|12.||INCLEMENT WEATHER: Dress your foster child properly for the weather. If it is raining, the child should have a raincoat, umbrella, or the foster parent should transport the child to the bus stop or school. Do not allow a child to walk or stand in the rain for any long period of time. If weather is cold or snowing, the child needs to be dressed warmly.|
|13.||INJURY OR HOSPITALIZATION: If the child is injured at home or school, involved in an accident, or hospitalized, you must report this to Children’s Sanctuary immediately. The Children’s Sanctuary case manager will report the incident to the public placing agency. Please complete an incident report as soon as possible and submit it to your Children’s Sanctuary case manager.|
parents will provide independent living skills training to foster children 12
and older, i.e., cooking, cleaning, employment, managing a budget, social
Foster Parents should keep a log of independent living activities. Youth 14 and older will be assessed using the Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment tool. They will receive life skills training in the foster homes and at the Children's Sanctuary offices as indicated.
|15.||LOG: Foster parents should keep a daily log of interactions with the foster child. Include behaviors, successes and failures, and independent living training when indicated. Your case manager will give you the format for the log. The log must be turned into your case manager every two weeks.|
|16.||MEDICAL AND DENTAL RECORDS: Keep medical, immunization and dental records current. The foster parent must obtain a physical, dental, and eye exam for the foster child within 21 days of placement and annually thereafter.|
parents will ensure that each foster child receives three balanced, nutritious
meals daily including special diets when required by a physician.
The foster child is included in all family meals.
He or she is not to be excluded or fed separately from the foster family
and must receive the same food as the foster family.
|18.||OTHER ADULTS IN THE FOSTER HOME: All adult relatives residing in a foster home including the foster parent’s adult children must undergo a complete background, criminal history, and fingerprint check. If an adult relative moves into the foster home, the foster parent must contact the CSI case manager immediately. Failure to do so may result in the removal of all foster children from the home and revocation of the foster parent’s license or certification.|
PER DIEM: The foster parent will receive a per diem (per day) rate for each foster child in his or her care. The foster parent’s per diem rate is based on the care and treatment needs of the child as determined by Children’s Sanctuary. One dollar per day of the per diem is designated for the child’s allowance (see allowances above). If a foster parent feels that a higher per diem is needed to provide for the care of the child, he or she is to contact the CSI case manager. The CSI case manager will review the request and submit the request with supporting documentation to the CSI Director of Financial Operations. The DFO will review the information and determine if a higher per diem is justified.
Important: Foster parents are not to contact the custodial agency or the court to request a higher per diem rate.
|20.||PLACEMENTS FROM OTHER AGENCIES: All placements must go through Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. CSI foster parents are not to accept direct placements from other placing agencies including the County Department of Child Services. If a county calls you about a placement, please refer them to your regional Children’s Sanctuary office.|
|21.||REQUEST TO REMOVE A CHILD FROM THE FOSTER HOME: Children’s Sanctuary foster parents are expected to give Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. 30 days notice when they want a child removed from their home. The only exceptions are family emergencies or if the child or foster family would be at risk of serious injury if the child remained n the home.|
RESPITE: Each foster parent will have an alternative care plan for their foster child in case of emergencies. CSI recommends foster parents take four days respite each month. Emergency respite is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Call the on-call CSI case manager after hours and on weekends. Only licensed foster parents may provide overnight respite. The CSI case manager and the custodial agency worker must approve any overnight respite. The primary foster parent is not paid for a child while the child is in respite with another foster parent.
Give the respite parent all essential information about the child, including a copy of the Safety- Service Plan, dietary needs, medication (for extent of respite only), Medicaid card/ Number, name of child’s doctor and dentist, behaviors to expect and if, when, and with whom the child has visits. Include place of visit, length, and if supervised or unsupervised. The Respite parent will continue to give the child an allowance while the child is in respite.Important: The CSI case manager and custodial agency caseworker must know where your foster child is at all times. Do not place a child in respite without contacting your CSI case manager. The CSI case manager will contact the county custodial agency worker for approval for the respite.
SAFETY: Do not allow children to walk or play in “unsafe” areas, i.e., walking to and from work during late hours. The foster parent is responsible for seeing that the child has safe transportation. When you accept custody of a child you promise to provide a nurturing and safe environment. Please adhere to the following safety precautions:
Foster parents will ensure that foster children attend school daily.
If a child is ill or must miss school, i.e., for a counseling
appointment, the foster parent will notify the school immediately.
School conferences: Foster parents are expected to attend school conferences, to follow up on teachers’ notes, and see that the child complies with detentions. Foster parents will provide transportation when necessary. Fees for books, sports equipment, and school functions are the responsibility of the foster parents.
Important: Foster parents must have a designated emergency person available to get a child from school if the child is sick or hurt or suspended when the foster parent is unavailable. The foster parent must designate a person who can care for the child until the foster parent is available. Your case manager will give you a form to complete and return to Children's Sanctuary identifying your designated caregiver to contact in your absence.
SOCIAL, CULTURAL, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Children in foster care have the right to participate in age appropriate social and extracurricular activities, i.e., school sports and activities, church sports and activities, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, camps, band, Prom, dating, soccer. The foster parent is responsible for assuring that the child is safe and protected when participating in activities outside the home.
In special cases overnight visits with friends may be allowed if certain conditions are met:
|26.||STEALING: Many children entering foster care have problems with stealing. Keep valuables such as jewelry, money; car keys, and keys to desks, cabinets, or boxes where medication or valuables are kept, out of reach of foster children. Children Sanctuary is not responsible for losses in your home due to theft by a foster child.|
Foster parents are responsible for the security of their telephones.
Children’s Sanctuary will not reimburse for charges resulting from a
child making long distance calls on the foster parent’s telephone.
TRAINING: In accordance with state regulations, foster parents must complete 20 to 30 hours of training every year. Children’s Sanctuary will offer various training opportunities throughout the year. Foster parents may attend other training available in the community with approval from Children’s Sanctuary. To receive credit for training outside of Children’s Sanctuary, foster parents must obtain certificates of attendance noting title of training, date of training, name of trainer, and hours awarded, and submit copies to Children’s Sanctuary.
Important: Failure to complete state required annual training hours will jeopardize your license!
|29.||TRANSFERRING A LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION TO ANOTHER AGENCY: A foster parent wishing to change to another agency must notify Children's Sanctuary, Inc. in writing that they want to close their license or certification with Children's Sanctuary, Inc. and open a license or certification with another agency. Children's Sanctuary, Inc. will arrange with the other agency a date for closure of the CSI license and opening of the license with the other agency.|
foster parent must provide transportation to and from appointments, court and
review hearings, visitations, school, work, and any training event, i.e.,
Independent Living Training, when necessary. The cost of transportation is
covered by the foster parent's per diem. A foster parent may request
reimbursement for trips over 50 miles one way. Any reimbursement must be
approved by the CSI Regional Director.
Important: Make sure your foster child is in your vehicle and buckled into his or her seat prior to departing.
|32.||TRAVEL: Out-of-state travel with your foster child requires approval from Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. and the child’s public placing agency worker. Make requests at least two weeks prior to departure.|
public agency worker must approve visitations for the child with family and
relatives. The foster parents must
adhere to court ordered visitation. If
for any reason a child can not make a scheduled visit, call your Children’s
Sanctuary case manager immediately. Foster
parents will provide foster children with travel bags, satchels, or luggage for
overnight visits with parents or relatives.
Important: Children are not to transport clothing, other than dirty clothing in plastic trash bags. Use luggage and overnight bags. Never place a child’s medication in his or her luggage. The child's medication must given to the parent, respite parent, or other responsible adult.
|34.||WEAPONS: All weapons will be kept out of the reach of foster children. This includes bows, arrows, guns, and knives. Guns and bows will be kept locked in a safe place. Ammunition, i.e., bullets, cartridges, arrows will be locked in a separate place from the guns or bows. Kitchen knives should be kept out of reach of children. Do not leave knives in a wood block knife holder on the kitchen counter or any place accessible to children.|
Foster parents and CSI staff must follow this protocol at all times. Failure to adhere to this protocol can result in endangerment of the foster child, as well as other children in the home. Foster parents who fail to adhere to this protocol may lose their foster home license and be charged with neglect and/or abuse.
|1.||Medication, prescription and non-prescription, must be stored in a locked cabinet in a secure area. Failure to secure medication could cause injury or death of a child and result in civil or criminal prosecution of the foster parent.|
|2.||No foster child is to have access to the medication cabinet.|
|3.||No foster child is to be allowed to carry his or her medication. The exception is specific medication, i.e., an asthma inhaler, and only with the medical doctor's written permission.|
|4.||All medication must be dispensed to the foster child by the foster parent, school nurse, or other responsible adult.|
|5.||Medication must be dispensed according to the prescribed dosage. The foster parent, nurse, or responsible adult must observe the child take the medication. If you think a child is not swallowing the medication, dispense the medication in a glass of water.|
|6.||If a child refuses to take his or her medication or tries to save medication by not swallowing it, report this immediately to the case manager and child's doctor.|
|7.||If a child needs medication at school, the foster parent must give the required medication to the school nurse or teacher. Only the school nurse or teacher can hold medication or dispense medication to the child.|
|8.||When a foster child goes to respite or visits biological parents or relatives, his or her medication must be given to the respite parent or biological parent by the foster parent. If a caseworker, CSI case manager, or other responsible adult delivers the child to respite or home visit, the foster parent is to give the child’s medication to that individual to deliver to the respite parent, biological parent, or relative. The foster parent must send only the amount of medication the child will need while away from the foster home. Note: a responsible adult must always control medication. Never pack medication in a child’s luggage.|
|9.||Foster parents must log all dispensed medication, including medication given at school, in respite, or on a home or relative visit. Separate logs should be kept for prescription and non-prescription medication. Children’s Sanctuary will furnish log forms to the foster home as needed. If the foster parent runs out of log forms, the foster parent must keep the log on notepaper until he or she receives new forms.|
|10.||The foster parent must obtain all prescribed medication from the pharmacy as soon as possible so the child can receive the medication according to the doctor’s instructions. Refills must be secured one week before the medication runs out to avoid lapses in medication. If a foster parent does not have the child’s current Medicaid Card, he or she is to purchase the medication and give Children’s Sanctuary the receipt for reimbursement.|
|11.||Foster parents must attend all medication reviews. The foster parent must be prepared to discuss any behavioral, emotional, or physical issues related to the medication. If the foster parent cannot attend, he or she will notify the CSI case manager at least one week in advance. Any concerns the foster parent may have about the medication and child’s reaction to the medication must be explained to the case manager prior to the review.|
|12.||All medication must be maintained unless otherwise instructed by the child’s doctor or psychiatrist. The foster parent must never “wean” a child off his or her medication or stop giving the child his or her prescribed medication unless instructed to do so by the child’s doctor or psychiatrist.|
|13.||The foster parent must return any discontinued medication to the pharmacy or the Sheriff's Department. Never discard medication by throwing it in the trash or flushing it down the toilet.|
|1.||Allegations of abuse or neglect of a child by a parent, relative, foster parent, CSI staff member, another child, or unknown person or persons is serious. Steps must be taken immediately to protect the child and the allegation must be investigated as soon as possible.|
of abuse or neglect will be reported immediately to the county or state
Child Protective Services Hotline by the person who observed or is
informed of the alleged neglect or abuse.
If the report is made after normal working hours and the county
does not have a hotline, the person reporting the allegation will call the
|3.||The person who observes or is informed of an incident of abuse or neglect will report the allegation to Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.|
|4.||The person who observes or is informed of an incident of abuse or neglect will complete the Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. Critical Incident Report Form and the Res-Care Critical Incident Report Form. Within 24 hours, both reports will be submitted to the CSI Executive Director. The Res-Care report will be faxed to Res-Care (see Critical Incident Policy 700.01: Res-Care Incident reporting instructions).|
|5.||The Children’s Sanctuary case manager will inform the child’s public custodial agency worker as soon possible of the incident.|
|6.||If the alleged abuse or neglect occurs in a foster home, the child may be removed from the home and placed in respite until the incident can be investigated. The CSI case manager will inform the child’s public custodial agency worker of the move as soon as possible.|
|7.||When the alleged abuse or neglect is sexual or physical in nature, the child will be removed from the home immediately, receive a medical examination and medical care if needed, and be placed in respite care until the incident is investigated.|
|8.||The child’s Children’s Sanctuary case manager will contact county or state Child Protective Services and the child’s public custodial agency worker on the first working day after reporting the incident to determine if the incident was correctly reported and what additional measures should be taken to protect the child and assist with the investigation.|
|9.||If abuse or neglect is substantiated on a foster parent, all foster children will be immediately removed from the foster home. Children’s Sanctuary will no longer use this home and will request the state to revoke the home’s license or certification.|
|10.||If a staff member is accused of abuse or neglect of a child, the incident will be reported immediately to county or state Child Protective Services and the child’s public custodial agency worker. The staff member may be suspended until the incident is investigated. If substantiated, the employee may be suspended and/or terminated depending on the seriousness of the abuse or neglect.|
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