Informal Arrangements or Babysitting

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.
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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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