Social Policy: Foster Care (1991, 1999)

Social Policy: Foster Care (1991, 1999)

Support of services which prevent children from being placed in foster care, and which provide safe and supportive foster care when required.
Position In Brief: 
  1. The primary goals of foster care in Humboldt County are the physical, emotional, and social protection, care, and growth of each child.
  2. Support coordination, cooperation and open communication among all agencies providing services to families and children.
  3. Support policies to reduce psychological disruption of the child.
  4. Support efforts to insure compatible matches of child and foster home by increasing the number of licensed foster homes available to children in need.
  5. Provide enough emergency placements for the number of children needing placement.
  6. Support family reunification when it is in the best interest of the child.
  7. Support separate staff positions for recruiting, training, and retaining foster parents.
  8. Support public education to inform citizens of the need for foster parents.
  9. Support a grievance procedure in which biological and foster parents can address concerns without fear of reprisal.
  10. Insure appropriate implementation of the home study component of the state licensing procedure.
  11. Augment state procedures for licensing foster parents with a training component which includes child development.
  12. Support respite care, by trained workers, for foster parents.
  13. Require biological parents to complete parenting training as part of their service agreement.
  14. Special recognition should be given to the needs of elderly foster parents.
Issues: 
League to which this content belongs: 
Humboldt County