Considering a Placement

When considering placement of a child, the following questions should be asked:

  • How old is Johnny?
  • Why is Johnny in foster care?
  • What has happened to Johnny?
  • Please describe Johnny’s personality and current behaviors.
  • How is Johnny feeling emotionally at this time?
  • How does Johnny feel about being in foster care?
  • How do Johnny’s parents feel about him being in foster care?
  • What is the plan for Johnny’s visits with his parents?
  • How have his parents been handling the visits?
  • Does Johnny have any siblings? If so, what are their names and ages and where are they placed?
  • When is Johnny’s next visit with siblings?
  • What is the plan to place the siblings together?
  • Does Johnny have any medical problems or allergies? Is he on any medication, and if so, for what reason? Does he sleep well? If not, please explain.
  • Does he eat well? If not, please explain.
  • Does he have any food or other types of allergies?
  • How long will Johnny need to be in care?
  • Is this a change of placement for Johnny, and if so, why is he being moved? How is the legal case progressing? Are there any problems?
  • What is the permanency plan for Johnny?

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