It's true that documentation is one effective way of not only preventing allegations, but in helping children receive needed services.
Documentation (to document) is the act of keeping a record of information. Being a foster parent means keeping a record of needed information.
Documentation can be crucial to a foster child's case as it can lead to needed services for that child or family. Being a foster parent doesn't always mean noting the heavy issues such as a child's behavior changes, grief cycles, medical problems and emotional status. It also means simply keeping a record of the various activities a foster child is involved in and how the child is doing in those activities. This includes school.
Documenting incidences and events is when a foster parent can share valuable insights and information with the foster care team. For example, the social workers may not know that the foster child suffers from night terrors and has nightly for weeks. But after the foster parent shares the information with the team, it may lead to a needed referral to a mental health professional or medication evaluation.
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