We wear so many hats as parents: nurse, therapist, teacher, master chef, chauffeur, maid, role model, child advocate and so many more. Sometimes I find that I start to lose myself in the mix, along with all of the foster parenting paper work we need to update for our foster parent re-certification each year. The foster parent binder is the second binder I highly recommend creating to help stay organized. There were a few times that we turned in paperwork and we were asked to resubmit it because it was misplaced. The foster parent binder is the perfect place to store all of those hard copies.
All of these are free printables that you can find by registering here, so you too can put together an organized binder for yourself.
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Following is a step-by-step guide on how I created our Foster Parent Binder.
First: Gather your supplies
- 2-inch binder
- Card Stock (8.5 by 11)
- 3-hole puncher
- Pictured here is write-able tabs made by post-it
- White Copy Paper
Second: Print your organizers and your dividers
- Print the cover and dividers on card stock. If you want your dividers to stand out more, you can buy colored card stock. White card stock happened to be cheaper, so I went with white.
- Everything else will be printed on white copy paper
- 1 copy of the due dates for the year
- 1 copy of the house rules
- 1 copy of the Training Hours
As a side note: the beauty of this binder, and using these specific materials is that if there is something you will not use or need, just leave it out.
Third: Hole punch your dividers/ place your tabs/ and label them.
I love these write-able tabs because they don’t fall off of the dividers
- I like to place my tabs with the sticky side on the back of the divider so that the front of the divider looks clean.
- I also like to place the tabs so that I can see each one. So I place the dividers in, and then place the tabs on so that they are spaced appropriately.
- Next, I use a sharpie to write on each one of them.
Fourth: Hole punch and place the rest of your organizers
Pictured is the order that I place my tabs and organizers.
FIRST: I put my sheet with due dates in front. I like it to be the first thing that I see when I open our binder.
Tab 1: CPR and first Aid cards. For this I just tapped all of the cards onto a sheet of paper behind it.
Tab 2: Yearly Physical. Each year, you will need to complete this physical. I like to print out the blank copies and have them ready.
Tab 3: Pet License and registration. We have a dog, so this was applicable to us. If you don’t have pets, leave this divider out.
Tab 4: Vehicle Inspection: Yearly, this must be done. I like to print out the blank copies and have them ready.
Tab 5: Training Hours: The organizer will help you to keep track of how many hours you have done for the year. Make sure to keep the certificates here as well. Complete one of these for each person. My husband has a log, as well as me.
Tab 6: DMV printout: You will need to complete this yearly as well, I would keep the hard-copy here as well.
Tab 7: Proof of Car insurance.
Tab 8: Back-Up Babysitters. I would write their name of the tab, and have one tab for each back-up babysitter. We had three. So, we would need 1 tab per person.
Tab 9: Re-certification Packet. Keep your yearly re-cert packet here.
I also included in the Free Printables a blank tab and a miscellaneous tab. So if there is something you would like to add, you can do so easily. I also think it’s a good idea to come up the house rules or expectations. I sat down with my husband before we brought in a kiddo, and we discussed what we expected from each other, and our kids. For example, eating together without cell phones is really important to us, so it’s something we put on our house rules list. This printable is also included.
If you’d like to make your own foster parent binder, please register here to gain access to the free printable library.
***Please Note that in order to gain access to the printable library you need to fully complete the registration process, and you will be e-mailed the direct links to the library. If you are struggling, please reach out. I will gladly help you! 🙂
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My husband also wrote an AMAZING post on how you can back-up and save all of these hard copies.
If you have an idea for a divider that you’d like to add, or an idea for an extra component to the foster parent record keeping binder please leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail. I’d love to hear your ideas. I’m all about bettering myself as a foster mama, especially when it comes to organizing all of this paper work. Let’s help each other out.
*Disclaimer: Please note that we are not experts. We are not social workers or lawyers. These are ideas that I have found handy for my own organization purposes. Everything you use should be used with careful responsibility since foster care is such a delicate topic. Please check with your social worker first before use of these ideas. For full terms and conditions of this website, please click here. End disclaimer.*
Have any question about the supplies I used to create this organizational resource? Here’s a list!
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3 Hole Puncher
White Copy Paper
Card Stock (8.5 by 11)