Tip Sheet Tuesday – Foster Parents and Social Workers: Allies and Advocates for Youth in Care

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Foster parents and social workers provide essential roles in ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the children who are entrusted in their care and supervision.

By working together as allies and advocates for youth in care, foster parents and social workers will be able to effectively identify, address and successfully fulfill the needs of children in care.

Following are some ideas about the importance of foster parents and social workers uniting together to ensure that the best interests of children in care are being met.

  • Develop and maintain a mutually respectful and cooperative working relationship with one another. Youth in care rely on their foster parents and social workers, to form a partnership in order to ensure that their needs are being met.
  • Establish open and consistent lines of communication. Just as communication is important for maintaining healthy relationships, it’s essential for meeting the needs of children in care. When foster parents and workers are able to be open with each other, the potential for misunderstandings is often avoided.

Social workers need to receive feedback from parents on a consistent basis. As a foster parent, you have relevant information to share. Your input is valuable and most workers appreciate it greatly.

Conversely, social workers have the responsibility of sharing information regarding a child who is in need of placement, but that information is not always available to the social worker.

For example, when an emergency placement occurs, the social worker is not always able to get all of the information at that time, due to many factors (time constraints, having the key people available, etc.).   Continue Reading


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