Foster Family Relationships

Through the Assessment and Training, families are exposed to the expectation to work with birth families to maintain a child’s connection:

Does this mean I have to meet the birth family?
Yes, you will meet the birth family.
Does this mean, when reunification is the plan, I have to actively work to help the family get their children home?
Yes, as long as this supports the goal of the family service plan.
Does this mean I have to be willing to talk to the birth families about how the child is doing in my home?
Yes, make sure you understand any limits of discussion with your worker first. Situations change; keep communication ongoing.
Does this mean I have to support or help model parenting for birth families during visits and interactions?
Yes, your role may include teacher and/or mentor.
Does this mean I have to find ways to make sure that the children and their families see one another?
Yes, make sure that the type of contact is approved through the worker. Situations change; keep communication going.
Does this mean I have to help the child maintain connections to people who matter to them?
Yes, make sure the people and the type of contact is approved through the worker.
Does this mean I have to have the birth family in my home?
No, but you can if the relationship grows in that direction.
Does this mean I have to go to the birth family’s home?
No, but you can if the relationship grows in that direction.