Once you’re approved to provide foster care, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) works hard to find the most suitable match between your family and a foster child.
DCF takes into account your family’s strengths and limitations as identified in your pre-licensing home study. The child’s personality, background, and emotional or physical needs also are considered.
The decision to open your heart and home to a foster child ultimately rests with you.
A family resource worker contacts you about taking in a child.
Ask DCF as many questions as you need to, and talk with your family members about the child’s potential placement.
DCF sets up a pre-placement visit if possible.
This may not be possible if a child needs immediate placement.
If you decide to accept the child into your home, you sign a child placement agreement.
The agreement is breaks down into 3 parts:
Information about the foster child, including:
- Legal status
- Placement reasons and history
- Medical and psychological needs
- Family visitation schedule
- Transportation needs
A summary of your responsibilities as a foster parent, as well as those of DCF and the social worker assigned to your case.
- Includes the foster care reimbursement rate for the child and the need for any supplemental reimbursement services.
- Signed by you, the family resource worker, and the child’s social worker.
A form to be completed every 6 months with your family resource worker to ensure the child’s service and medical needs are being met.
After a child has been placed in your home, your family resource worker and the child’s social worker will both visit your home to answer questions, and provide information and support.