Most homes with children have a few used 3-ring binders laying around, left over from various school projects. These binders are often in pretty good shape too. By utilizing one of these binders, a few tabbed dividers, and free printable worksheets, a foster parent can get a jump on organization and documentation for pennies.
Some foster care agencies may already have forms they want their foster homes to utilize, but maybe there are a few more here that can help you track information on your foster children and their needs. Maintaining accurate files as a foster parent is important and shouldn't be skipped. These files may be helpful to help foster children get needed services. They will also be helpful when a foster family is under investigation due to an allegation.
Find the step-by-step instructions on creating a binder for foster care records here.
Find the free printable worksheets to use in keeping foster care records and documentation here.
Documentation and How it Relates to Being a Foster Parent
Why is Documentation Important When Fostering?
How do you organize your foster care files?