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Carrie Craft

Foster Parenting and Written Documentation

By May 28, 2013

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Many foster parents are surprised by the amount of paperwork foster parents are asked to maintain. We keep a child's medical forms, write daily or monthly logs depending on the agency's needs and specifications, and log mileage and medication We also are asked to write court reports.

This written documentation is so important yet, I feel that it is often overlooked in the training of foster parents. Since I'm so passionate about this topic I decided to create a e-course for foster parents to help improve the skill of documentation. Note: I feel that it's important for adoptive parents to continue with documentation even after the finalization of an adoption. I explain why in the e-course.

There are two ways to take the e-course, you can start at day one and follow through with the day to day links by visiting the index, or sign up for 3 daily email lessons.

Do you document daily, weekly, monthly, or not at all in your foster or adoptive home? If you do, please share how it has helped your child or family?

Comments
May 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(1) Kerry in CT says:

I always keep a book on each of my foster children and continue with my adoptive daughter. I write it now weekly but it used to be daily. One of my foster children was with me for over 2.5 yrs and although I didn’t get much appreciation for the books from the bio mom- I think that girl when she grows up will now know the first time she said a word or took a step or ate food. The hardest part was keeping it neutral i.e. leaving out the nightmares the child had after visitng her parents in prison

May 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm
(2) Diane says:

Thank you for organizing the information on daily logs. I agree that not enough training is done on this prior to people becoming foster parents. Your highlighting of the issue has prompted me to review our policy and pre-service training. Thank you and I look forward to your e-mails regarding this.

May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(3) Carrie Craft says:

Kerry,

Thank you for sharing your diligence in recording your foster child’s life.

May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(4) Carrie Craft says:

Diane,

Thank you so much for the comment! I wondered if my focus on the topic would mean as much to anyone else as much as it does to me. Daily or weekly logs are so helpful for so many different reasons. I hope the ecourse helps in your efforts.

Thank you for validating my efforts. It is much appreciated.

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