Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents Curriculum [Webpage].
Deihl, Regina. Fiermonte, Cecilia. Kocer, Dianne. Jorgenson, Karen.
National Foster Parent Association.
Other Material/Form Training Material
Published: occasionally updated
Available from: National Foster Parent Coalition for Allegation Reform
Sponsoring Organization: National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.
This four-module training curriculum for foster parents is based on the Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents developed for the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA). For each module, an instructor's guide is provided, which includes all handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation to be used in presenting the module. The first module focuses on permanency, foster parents, and the law. It addresses federal laws which govern child welfare, particularly the Adoption and Safe Families Act; the legal process enabling foster parents to be active participants in advocating for the children in their care; the permanency planning process and the role of foster parents; and collaboration among foster parents, agencies and the courts to effect better outcomes for children and youth in care. Module 2 explores dependency court and the removal of children. Information is provided on how dependency courts works and the role of the foster parent in it, and how to respond when a child is removed from a foster home for reasons other than maltreatment allegations. Module 3 discusses court participation by foster parents, the right of foster parents to have notice and an opportunity to be heard in court, and the extent and limits of this right. The final module addresses allegations of maltreatment, including the rights of foster parents when maltreatment allegations have been made against them, and how to respond to an investigation of maltreatment allegations. Numerous references.
curricula; foster parents; permanency; ASFA; dependency mediation