Foster parents provide temporary care that ensures the health and safety of infants awaiting adoption.
Interpretation When the case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native child, the tribe or a local Indian organization and the Bureau of Indian Affairs should be notified of the decision to temporarily place an infant awaiting adoption in a foster home.
Interpretation This section is intended for programs that provide short term, temporary care for children, usually newborns, while they await placement, typically in states where direct placement with prospective adoptive parents is not possible and do not otherwise provide foster care services.
NA The program does not provide temporary care for children awaiting placement or the program provides such care through its foster care program.
NA The organization provides home study and/or child-focused recruitment services only
NA The organization provides post-placement services only.
NA The organization provides foster-to-adopt services only.
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Prior to placement, foster homes are licensed, approved, or certified according to state, tribal, or local regulation and foster parents have completed all required training.
Prior to placement, the organization:
The program coordinates needed healthcare services for the child, and foster parents are trained to respond to the healthcare needs of the child.
The adoption worker visits the foster parents and the child:
Each foster family develops or uses the organization’s protocols for responding to emergencies, including accidents, serious illness, fire, and natural disasters.
Foster parents who transport children in their own vehicles:
Interpretation Regarding elements (c) and (d), this information should be provided as frequently as necessary, based on the amount of time licenses and insurance are valid. For example, if licenses are valid for two years, license validation can occur every two years. Regarding validation of appropriate insurance coverage, it is suggested that the organization maintain a copy of each foster parent’s auto policy declaration.
Note: In some cases this standard may not be applicable to all foster parents (e.g., if foster parents live in urban areas and utilize public transportation instead of their own vehicles).