By Dr. John DeGarmo
Nothing says you care for a child than spending quality time with that child. Spending time with your foster child and focusing on him is important for his mental health. Including your foster child in family activities is essential for the well-being of your household. These might include going to the movies, park or church as a family. If your foster child is interested in joining a local sports team, like a recreational or school baseball team, than encourage the child to try out, and attend his games. Learn what hobbies your foster child enjoys, and join in with him. Invite your foster child to help you make dinner, and eat as a family together. Above all, be excited and enthusiastic about your foster child and what his interests are.
It is important that you share all information with the caseworker about your foster child. Be honest with your caseworker about any concerns you might have in regard to your child. If you see signs that your foster child is having trouble adjusting to your home and family, share these concerns with the caseworker.
If your foster child becomes sick, let the caseworker know, even if it is just a day at home from the common cold. Caseworkers have the responsibility of documenting everything when it comes to the foster children in their caseload.
Take steps to develop lines of communication with the caseworker. Make sure both of you have current telephone numbers and email addresses, for both home and work.
Before you meet with your caseworker, make sure you are prepared. Have all proper forms and information gathered that you might need for the caseworker. This includes any school progress and report cards, names and contact information for his teachers, calendar of upcoming events in your household, medical paperwork, receipts and invoices and any other personal observations you may have noted for your foster child.
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