Questions for New Kinship Caregivers to Ask

Questions to ask the child welfare worker about taking responsibility for the children:

  • Who has legal custody of the children?
  • What rights and responsibilities does legal custody give? Physical custody?
  • May I receive a copy of the signed voluntary placement agreement? (when applicable)
  • May I be involved in developing the service plan and receive a copy of the plan?
  • Will the children or I have to go to court?
  • Who is responsible for enrolling the children in school, obtaining health insurance, granting permission for and obtaining medical care and prescriptions, signing school permission forms, etc.?
  • Will someone from child welfare services visit my home on a regular basis?
  • What are the requirements for me and my home if I want the children to live with me?
  • Are the requirements different if the children are with me just temporarily?
  • What services are available for me and for the children, and how do I access them?
  • Are there restrictions on the discipline I can use (such as spanking) with the children?
  • What subsidies or financial assistance is available? What do I need to do to apply?
  • Am I eligible to become a licensed foster parent and receive a foster care subsidy?
  • Will the child welfare agency or social services provide support for child care?
  • Will I receive transportation help to take the children to medical appointments?

Source: CWIG, 2016

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