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Instructions for Foster Parents

September 12, 2005 permalink

We have posted a section of the manual for foster parents titled The Child in the Foster Home. The dull prose provides authority for some our statements about Children's Aid.

We have previously suggested that when a child such as Jeffrey Baldwin is harmed in foster care, the social worker is the one primarily responsible, not the foster parent. The manual strongly supports this conclusion. In 31 items, all but seven require the foster parent to defer to the social worker, the agency (Children's Aid) or the child's doctor. The foster parent has discretion only over food, clothing and transportation.

The manual forbids nursery school for foster children except in special cases, though CAS compels natural parents to send their children there.