ERIC Number: ED162728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Foster Parents' Handbook. Volume I: General Information.
Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Social Services.
In 23 brief chapters this handbook provides information about purposes, procedures, legal arrangements, interpersonal relationships and other topics related to foster child care in Alaska. Chapters 1 through 3 are introductory. Chapter 4 gives information concerning Foster Parent Associations and includes a member recruitment form. Chapters 5 through 10 relate background information on such subjects as the nature and purposes of foster care, the procedures followed in child placement, and the rights and duties of parties to the foster care arrangement. Chapter 10 suggests guidelines for the first foster parent contact with the child. Chapters 11 through 16 are designed to help foster parents understand both the child and the foster home situation. The effects of separation on the child are described, and suggestions are made to help foster parents deal effectively with the child's feelings. Guidelines for handling everyday concerns--such as discipline, household duties, medical care and religious training--are provided. Also discussed are problems of adolescent foster children, emergencies, the child's contact with his family of origin, and the effects of foster care on the foster family. Chapters 17 through 22 deal with issues of confidentiality of information, liability insurance, relocation of residence, termination of the foster care agreement, adoption and death of the foster care child. Chapter 23 consists of various appended materials: an anti-discrimination statement, a list of 24 books with brief annotations for foster children of various ages, and lists of 77 books and articles on diverse topics for foster parent self-education. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Social Services.