After the child has arrived in the resource home, it is important to make the first month of adjustment as smooth as possible. Sitting down to talk to the child and learning about who they are is critical in this adjustment period. Here are some ideas/approaches that you can use to facilitate this:
- Ask about any hobbies they may have
- Ask about their favorite types of food
- Ask what kind of music, movies, or tv shows they like to watch
- Find out what their daily routine was like at their previous home
Getting to know the child can create a smooth transition into foster care. Ultimately the goal is to have the child feel part of the resource family for however long they are placed in the home.
Activities when a child enters your home
A Clothing Inventory and Personal Property intake assessment will be completed when the child arrives. These should list all clothing and personal property that the child arrived with.
All children should receive a medical examination within the first 30 days.
Children 1 and up will also receive a dental examination within the first 30 days.
Children 4 and up will need a vision examination.
All children are required to receive a mental health examination, regardless of age.
A Fire Drill will be completed within 48 hours of placement of the new child in your home.
Resource parents will fill out a Monthly Activities Log documenting all activities for each week including: school, visits, appointments, extracurricular activities, family outings, etc.
A Developmental Checklist will need to be completed within one week of placement for all children under the age of 6. Be sure to take the time and monitor the child for completion of the activities on the checklist. For example, if the form states, “Copies square shapes,” ask the child to copy a square you have drawn rather than guessing at the child’s ability to copy the shape. Your Kids Kasa social worker can help you with these forms. Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of any part of the checklist.
Kids Kasa makes every effort to ensure that children remain in their school of origin. It is important that the children make as few changes as possible in order to reduce the effects of trauma. Kids Kasa asks that resource parents keep the school schedule and distance in mind when accepting placement.
Resource parents should present their placement agreement to the child’s school and update the child’s emergency card the first day that the child attends school after placement. Resource parents should also request a copy of the child’s current grades, attendance record, and schedule. Be sure to give the Kids Kasa social worker a copy of these as well.
Approval from the county and Kids Kasa must be received before a child can be transferred to a new school. If approval is given, be sure to inform your Kids Kasa social worker within 24 hours of enrollment and provide the Kids Kasa social worker with a copy of the paperwork and/or schedule.