Foster family agencies must ensure that resource parents are informed of the content specified in Welfare and Institutions Code section 16519.5(g)(13). Including, but not be limited to, all of the following topics:

  1. An overview of the child protective and probation systems.
  2. The effects of trauma, including grief and loss, and child abuse and neglect, on child development and behavior, and methods to behaviorally support children impacted by that trauma or child abuse and neglect.
  3. Positive discipline and the importance of self-esteem.
  4. Health issues in foster care.
  5. Accessing services and supports to address education needs, physical, mental, and behavioral health, and substance use disorders, including culturally relevant services.
  6. The rights of a child in foster care, and the Resource Family’s responsibility to safeguard those rights, including the right to have fair and equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits, and to not be subjected to discrimination or harassment on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, or HIV status.
  7. Cultural needs of children, including instruction on cultural competency and sensitivity, and related best practices for providing adequate care for children or youth across diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as children or youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
  8. Basic instruction on existing laws and procedures regarding the safety of foster youth at school; and ensuring a harassment and violence free school environment 
  9. Permanence, well-being, and education needs of children.
  10. Child and adolescent development, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.
  11. The role of Resource Families, including working cooperatively with the child welfare or probation agency, the child’s family, and other service providers implementing the case plan.
  12. The role of a Resource Family on the child and family team as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 16501.
  13. A Resource Family’s responsibility to act as a reasonable and prudent parent, as described in subdivision (c) of Section 1522.44 of the Health and Safety Code, and to provide a family setting that promotes normal childhood experiences and that serves the needs of the child.
  14. An overview of the specialized training.
  • Knowledge and skills relating to the reasonable and prudent parent standard, 
  • Options for permanency.
  • Birth parent relationships and safety issues regarding contact.
  • The importance of a Resource Family’s Role in educational protections specific to children and non-minor dependents, and the rights and obligations of a Resource Family to access and maintain educational and health information. 

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