This is an important subject. There is no difference in regards to discipline techniques, whether a kinship or traditional resource. Physical discipline such as spanking, swatting, slapping on the hands, etc. are neither appropriate nor approved forms of discipline. DHS prohibits the use of any form of physical discipline on a child in DHS custody, even if a kin relationship exists. Resource parents are encouraged to practice reinforcement of the child’s appropriate behavior and to use the child’s own strengths to help find effective ways for him or her to develop self-control. Resource parents may consult with the child’s child welfare specialist or resource specialist to learn of resources to help with discipline issues.
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