How could I Be Part Of The Foster Care Team?
As you can see many people are involved in sharing the care of the child. Decisions will be made about the child by the child’s parent/s, the case worker and the foster parent/s. However in some circumstances decisions may be made without consultation with the foster parent/s. Examples could be choice of school, specialist help for the child or an emergency decision involving the child’s family.
- Are you willing to accept involvement of all members of the team?
- Do you think you could cope with this many people?
- Could you accept that some decisions are made by other people with regard to the child?
You also need to ask yourself, could I:
- Share the responsibility of a child in care with other people and the child’s family?
- Work with other members of the team to re-unite the child with their family?
- Accept that other people are also responsible for the child in my care
- Make a positive contribution to the foster care team?
- Try to understand the problems that the child may have with the help of the case worker and the child’s parent/s?
- Learn to understand what separation might mean to a child, to me, to my family and the child’s family?
- Share information with the case worker and the child’s family?
- Respect confidential information the worker shares with me about the child and his/her family, and also what the child tells me?
- Make a commitment to ongoing foster care training?
- Make a commitment to regular meetings to discuss the child’s situation?