How is fostering different from parenting your own children?
  • Must be able to recognize that a child in care may have a variety of developmental levels which may or may not match his/her chronological age
  • Only having a limited time to work with a child and his family
  • Understanding and accepting agency/department involvement and responsibilities
  • Comply with certification standards
  • Must keep records
  • Must work with biological children to support reunification (if appropriate)
  • Will be able to make only limited decisions
  • Must respect confidentiality
  • Must report changes in the family household to the department
  • Must be able to offer flexibility and work with the objectives of the case plan (visitation, therapy, etc.)

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