A few weeks ago a reader reached out and asked me to create some extra inserts for the Foster Child Binder. Many of these documents were provided to us completed through our Foster Family Agency, because of this they were never something I thought about creating for the binder. I realized if this reader was asking for them, you all may want access to them as well.They are now in the FREE resource library, that you can access by signing up here.
Child Profile Tab and Questions:
The Child Profile tab and Printable insert. All foster families may not need this. If you were like us, this was provided for us by our foster family agency social worker. If not, it has some extremely valuable information that you will want to obtain right away as the child’s new foster family. Some questions you may not find the answers to, and that’s okay. But at a glance, knowing allergies, hobbies, school grade, etc is important information to have right away. Remember the idea behind the binder is that it moves with the kiddo, so if the kiddo moves to a new home for any reason, this information is valuable for the new care giver immediately.This sheet also provides you with important questions you will want to ask immediately so you know the answers for yourself as well.
If you are a reader that has already put their Foster Child Binder together, I would place this in the very front of the binder.
In my original post on the Foster Child Binder, I had a tab allocated for intake paper work. Again, the three pages following were something that was provided for us by our foster family agency social worker. If this is not something that is provided for you, you definitely need it. Many of the questions on this sheet are questions you will want to ask before you accept a placement. But once a child is in your home, you will want to have as many questions answered as possible. It is a useful at a glance tool that you will want on hand. Again, if the child moves, the binder should move with them, and this is a useful tool for the new care giver.
Initial Body Check:
Behind the tab for intake paperwork, we also were required to fill out an initial body check. This was a paper that was provided for us, but if your social worker did not provide this for you I would definitely do it as soon as you get your new placement. Make a note of how that child came to you. Make a note of birthmarks, bruises, rashes, signs of neglect, basically everything. There are lawyers, social workers, mental health examiners, doctors that will ask you many questions, and in those questions they will most likely ask you about their appearance when they were first placed.
Being the devils advocate, it is also important to have records of how they came to you originally because of the suspicions behind foster care parents. Let’s just say a week into placement you take the kiddo to the doctor and the doctor noticed something peculiar about how jumpy they were when they touch the kids arm and discovered several bruises. You don’t want the suspicion to fall on you, when those bruises could have possibly come from the previous care giver. Recording and saving everything is your friend.
An expense log tab and document has also been added. This is also something I don’t have personal experience using because we did not need one. However, it has come to my attention that some foster parents are reimbursed for mileage. So if you are driving a long distance to a school, a family visit, a doctors appointment, etc., it may be worth noting. If anything, ask your social worker if this is something that is available to you.
If you are a reader who has already put together their Foster Child Binder, I would place this behind the Allowance Log.
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If you are a reader who has already set up their Foster Child Binder, these pages are available in a separate download so that you do not have to download everything all over again. If you are a reader who has not downloaded them yet, they are now included in the full set.
As always, thank you for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions.