“Stay Interviews” Can Help Keep Lines of Communication Open

by Rick Zechman • Report cards. Visits. Court. Shared parenting. Medical and therapy appointments. Children’s achievements. The list goes on. Resource parents and their agencies have a lot to talk about! Unfortunately, “immediate,” urgent topics tend to crowd out time for discussing important, longer-term things such as resource parents’ satisfaction with their role, their relationship with the agency, how they’ve

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Waiting for a Placement Can Be Frustrating
Suggestions from a Foster Parent

by Becky Burmester • As a veteran foster parent (two decades and counting), I am familiar with licensed foster parents whose homes have remained empty. These foster parents frequently contact their social workers seeking placements, yet no children are placed in their homes. They ask themselves: Why is this happening? There is supposed to be such a need for foster

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You Can Really Make a Difference in Your Agency’s Efforts to Recruit Foster Parents
An Interview with Foster Parent Sky Webb

by Jonathan Rockoff • I recently had a chance to speak with foster parent Sollenski “Sky” Webb. Sky is licensed through Methodist Home for Children, a private foster care agency serving youth throughout the Central and Eastern part of North Carolina. Sky was born and raised in Snow Hill (pop. 1,595) in Greene County, North Carolina, where she has been

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Resource Families Can Help with Recruitment, Retention

Child welfare professionals have long known that resource parents can be powerful allies when it comes to finding new foster parents. Indeed, when they are creatively involved in an agency’s efforts, current foster parents and kin caregivers may be the single best recruitment tool there is. Given present trends in foster care, the time has come for us to truly

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Caring for a Child Who Takes Psychotropic Medication

Children in foster care—especially those who have experienced trauma—often require mental health treatment. For many, that treatment involves prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Psychotropic (pronounced “sike-oh-trope-ick”) medications affect a person’s mind, emotions, moods, and behaviors. Examples include psychostimulants such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, antipsychotics such as Seroquel®, and antidepressants such as Paxil® and Zoloft®. Psychotropic Medications and Children in Child Welfare

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Agencies Should Share Health Information with Foster Parents

According to North Carolina policy, DSS must share information about a child’s medical needs, medication, any special conditions, and instructions for the child’s care with the foster parent prior to or at the time of placement. The social worker is responsible for bringing any medications, glasses, hearing aids, etc. to the foster care placement with the child. Social workers should

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