Your foster child’s social worker should give you the following information and/or records on the day of placement if at all possible. Ask the worker about each of these items and make notes.
[ ] A Consent for Treatment
[ ] A Medi-Cal card for each child (client identification number and issue date until card is received).
[ ] A Copy of child’s birth certificate
[ ] A US passport or alien registration card if available
[ ] Any medical and dental history reports, including all immunizations, known allergies, and pertinent psychological information if available. (NOTE: The child’s Health and Education Passport will be mailed to you soon after placement.)
[ ] A Needs and Services Plan including any instructions for current and future medical and dental care, psychiatric and psychological consultations, evaluations or treatment, child's supervision needs, and any special needs of the child.
[ ] Medications and any written instructions regarding medications or prescriptions.
[ ] The County Placement Agreement. Although most county workers may request that you sign this page, please consult with the foster family agency. Some county workers ask foster parents to sign the space designated for "Agency Representative" but please consult with your foster family agency as they may have strict legal and insurance requirements as to who can be considered an "Agency Representative.
[ ] The Agency Placement Agreement must indicate the Foster Care Payment Rate and the effective date of placement. This is also the start date for payment.
[ ] Clothing needs and clothing allowance, if necessary. You and the social worker will inventory the child’s clothing to see what is actually wearable. If the county social worker promises to authorize a supplemental or clothing allowance, please obtain this in writing (e.g. email). The foster family agency has no way of knowing if a clothing allowance has been approved without a written confirmation.
[ ] Religious participation, if applicable.
[ ] Information for school transfer, including name of last school, grade, achievement level, and any special problems.
[ ] Description of any known dangerous propensities of behaviors of the child including sexual aberrations, promiscuity, and seductive behavior; or if the child has been a victim of sexual abuse, is a fire setter or has exhibited violence towards animals or people.
[ ] Any special transportation requirements or plans.
[ ] A clear understanding of the rights of the child’s parents and a visitation plan (who, where, when). List any unauthorized visitors.
[ ] Information on what to do and who to call for weekend or evening emergencies.
[ ] Caregiver Information Form
[ ] Child’s Attorney’s Name and Phone number