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Being a foster parent to a child with special healthcare needs involves:
To become a foster parent for a special needs child, you must be willing to:
In Ohio, to be a foster parent you must:
As a potential foster parent, you should:
Types of foster care can vary from region to region. Contact your county for more information.
For a complete listing of the types of foster care, along with a brief description of each, visit the Foster Parenting section of Adoption.com.
The steps to become a licensed foster parent include:
Here are the considerations for a child coming into placement. These children are likely to have:
All children go through a transitional / adjustment period regardless of underlying mental health problems
Welcoming a Child:
Saying Goodbye to a Child:
As a foster parent for a child with special needs, you will be become his or her advocate. Advocating for a child with special needs includes:
During the process of becoming a foster parent, you'll interact with a variety of child care professionals:
The county worker, or case worker, is responsible for:
The county supervisor is the immediate supervisor of the county worker. If you cannot contact or do not feel comfortable with the county worker, they will become an important resource. The county supervisor also provides medical consent for routine procedures and medical care.
The county supervisor's supervisor, who provides consent for nonroutine or major medical procedures.
A GAL (guardian ad litum) is a person who represents the sole interest of the child in court. Some are volunteers, public defenders or private attorneys.
A magistrate is a judge who ultimately makes the legal decisions related to custody, visitation issues and other safety issues.
The case aide transports the child to and from visits with their biological family. The case aide also supervises family visits. Transportation to and from, as well as supervision of the visits are the county's responsibility.
The medical doctor's office helps to:
Throughout the country, there are many helpful support groups for foster parents. These are affiliated with religious groups, schools or local organizations.
In Ohio, reimbursement for foster parents can range from $9/day to $60/day, based on the child's needs and type of foster parenting offered. Depending of the child's needs some foster families incur additional out-of-pocket expenses related to the child's care. Medically related items that are not covered by Medicaid are the financial responsibility of the county.
Foster parents must have annual training and licensing, some of which is available online and through the licensing agency.
There are many foster care agencies in Southwest Ohio. These include:
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