When placing a foster child in your home, Damar will:
- Reasonably assist the foster parent in maintaining their foster care license issued by State of Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), including the provision of required training, while treating the foster parent with respect and appreciation.
- Make available current licensing rules and written guidelines of DFCS and ensure compliance with the written requirements.
- Provide an explanation of DFCS policies on discipline, matching, foster parents’ role, visitation, and the Department’s role and responsibility.
- Provide an explanation of DFCS case conferencing policy which operates on the basis of shared and clarified information between DFCS and foster parent and requires the involvement of the foster parent in case plan development and change. This policy also includes a procedure for resolving conflicts between foster parent and DFCS.
- Provide foster parents with the names and phone numbers of family case managers and a copy of DFCS or LCPA policies and procedures related to notification, including a plan for emergency “after hours” contact.
- Provide information, education, and training on cultural awareness and promote cultural and minority sensitivity.
- Provide information regarding a child’s religious preference, if known.
- Secure the proper authorizations for the administering of any non-emergency treatment to the child, and consult with and assist the foster parent in providing treatment or referring them to an appropriate service provider.
- Develop an individual case plan for each child in foster care, with input from the foster parent. The plan is shared with the foster parents so that they are familiar with the case goals and specific needs of each child placed in the foster home.
- Provide a copy of the child’s Case Plan (which defines appropriate discipline for a child in foster care) and Visitation Plan.
- Assist in arranging visitation and encourage communication between the foster children and the legal parents or other appropriate individuals. DFCS will provide such notice as is proper to the foster parent under the circumstances.
- Monitor and supervise the implementation of the case plan, making face-to-face contact with the child and the foster parent according to the service level as the case dictates.
- Consider input from foster parents and other appropriate persons and make final decisions concerning the care and well-being of foster children, within the legal framework established for DFCS.
You may be asking yourself, “What does a foster parent do?” The answer is simple – a foster parent parents and nurtures a child in need. Foster parents are vital to the success of a child’s reunification with the birth family or other permanent placement. Their main goal is to provide skilled care, guidance and support to the child, but they also have important responsibilities to the placement agency, birth family, treatment team and their own family. In short, it is a big and important role.
Typical responsibilities include:
- Providing for personal, physical, developmental and emotional needs
- Modeling appropriate behavior and demonstrating positive life skills
- Providing transportation to visitation, appointments and activities
- Monitoring the child’s education and encouraging involvement in extra-curricular activities
- Helping the child maintain essential connections
- Participating in team meetings, court proceedings, case conferences, etc.
- Communicating information regarding the child’s needs, skills and activities
- Sharing relevant information with the agency, team members and the birth family