Resource parents may make informal arrangements with friends, neighbors or relatives for the occasional care of children, including care before and after school. Additional information regarding informal arrangements is included.
- The resource parent ensures that informal care providers possess the maturity and skills to address the needs of the child in foster care.
- The resource parent secures prior authorization for informal care from the child’s child welfare specialist.
- The resource specialist considers whether the needs of the child can be met in informal care.
- Prior authorization may apply to multiple events using the same informal provider.
- A person younger than 18 years of age living outside of the home may not be an informal provider.
- An informal provider living in the home must be at least 16 years of age and related to the resource parent.
- Informal providers must know how to reach the resource parent and other emergency contacts.
- The resource parent does not permit a child in DHS custody to babysit a younger child, unless approved by the child’s child welfare specialist.
- The resource parent may allow the child in DHS custody overnight stays with friends of the child if the resource parent:
- Knows the family
- Reasonably believes the family and all people in the household are safe for the child to have a relationship with
- Exchanges contact information, including name, address, and phone number
- Uses the same discretion as to the safety and well-being of the child as with the resource parent’s own child
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