Parental Substitute Authority

Parental substitute authority is defined as the ability of the resource parent to integrate the child requiring out- of-home placement into the family setting and to care for the child as the resource parent would his or her child, by:

  1. Meeting the child’s physical and emotional needs
  2. Teaching the child problem-solving, self-control and responsibility
  3. Building the foster parent – child relationship. This does not include the authority to use corporal punishment on any child in DHS custody

The ability to exercise parental substitute authority does not allow a resource parent to:

  • Use physical discipline on a foster child even if the resource parent utilizes this method of disciplining their own children
  • Share confidential information about the foster child with family and friends
  • Force a foster child to attend worship services against the child’s family beliefs
  • Resource parents must work within the guidelines set out in DHS policy

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