Form CFS-250-A "Discussion Questions to Consider With Caregivers Before Self-assessment" - Illinois

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This is a legal form that was released by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services - a government authority operating within Illinois. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the issuing department.

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  • Released on January 1, 2008;
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CFS 250-A
1/2008
State of Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services
Discussion Questions for Agency Professionals to Consider with
Caregivers before Self-Assessment
Am I Prepared to Participate in Reunification
Support for Children Entering Foster Care?
Do I understand how it benefits a child in care to have a relationship with his or her parents?
How it might benefit my relationship with the child as well?
Can I accept birth parents and understand the stress they feel?
Do I have hopes to adopt that might make it hard for me to support the parent’s efforts toward
family reunification?
Am I ready to meet with the parent(s) and caseworker in the office soon after the child enters
foster care, within 48 hours of assignment of the case to my agency?
Am I willing to work together as a team with the caseworker and parent and to meet with them as
needed?
Would I be able to offer encouragement and support to the child’s parents?
Once safety checks are complete and a relationship has been established, am I prepared to help
parents remain involved with their children through sharing parenting tasks?
Once I know the parents of the children in my care and feel safe with them, am I willing to
participate in and document visits, supervised or unsupervised, in a family setting two or three
times weekly?
Can I appropriately limit my relationships with birth parents?
o Respect, warmth, support
o Not a therapist or decision maker
Will I maintain confidentiality?
o Can I resist sharing information with persons outside the agency?
o Can I respect the privacy of parent/child interactions?
Do I have the time, energy, flexibility and support system to do the job?
Would this work be a problem for any child now in my care, including my own?
Would I feel good about helping a family stay together?
If the discussion reveals the caregiver to be ready and able to work with parents of children in his or
her care toward reunification, proceed to the Caregiver Self-Assessment as Reunification Prepared.
CFS 250-A
1/2008
State of Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services
Discussion Questions for Agency Professionals to Consider with
Caregivers before Self-Assessment
Am I Prepared to Participate in Reunification
Support for Children Entering Foster Care?
Do I understand how it benefits a child in care to have a relationship with his or her parents?
How it might benefit my relationship with the child as well?
Can I accept birth parents and understand the stress they feel?
Do I have hopes to adopt that might make it hard for me to support the parent’s efforts toward
family reunification?
Am I ready to meet with the parent(s) and caseworker in the office soon after the child enters
foster care, within 48 hours of assignment of the case to my agency?
Am I willing to work together as a team with the caseworker and parent and to meet with them as
needed?
Would I be able to offer encouragement and support to the child’s parents?
Once safety checks are complete and a relationship has been established, am I prepared to help
parents remain involved with their children through sharing parenting tasks?
Once I know the parents of the children in my care and feel safe with them, am I willing to
participate in and document visits, supervised or unsupervised, in a family setting two or three
times weekly?
Can I appropriately limit my relationships with birth parents?
o Respect, warmth, support
o Not a therapist or decision maker
Will I maintain confidentiality?
o Can I resist sharing information with persons outside the agency?
o Can I respect the privacy of parent/child interactions?
Do I have the time, energy, flexibility and support system to do the job?
Would this work be a problem for any child now in my care, including my own?
Would I feel good about helping a family stay together?
If the discussion reveals the caregiver to be ready and able to work with parents of children in his or
her care toward reunification, proceed to the Caregiver Self-Assessment as Reunification Prepared.
CFS 250-A
State of Illinois
1/2008
Department of Children and Family Services
Caregiver Self-Assessment as Reunification Prepared
I,
, understand that families of children entering foster care
need support in their efforts at reunification and that caregivers are an important part of the team offering
that support.
Yes
No
Initial
I understand that if I accept placement of children new to foster care I will be expected to work with the
parents of the children toward reunification.
Yes
No
Initial
As the caregiver for children new to foster care I will:
Meet with the parents and caseworker soon after case assignment
Share information about the child with the parents
Help the parents remain involved with their children through sharing parenting
activities
Yes
No
Initial
Once I know the parents of new foster children and feel safe with them, I will:
Participate in visits of parents and children in a family setting two or three times
weekly. I understand that those visits may be supervised or unsupervised.
Document visits as requested by my agency.
Yes
No
Initial
I have discussed reunification support and the “Discussion Questions to Consider with Caregivers” with
my family development specialist, licensing worker or caseworker. I feel ready to do this work and do not
expect it to create problems for any child now in my care.
Yes
No
Initial
A caregiver who has agreed to all statements above has self-assessed as prepared to participate in
reunification support for children entering foster care and is qualified to sign the statement below.
Caregiver Statement on Reunification Support
If a child entering the child welfare system is placed with me I will make a good faith effort to support
reunification of that child with his or her family, as indicated by my agreement to all of the statements
above.
Caregiver Name
Date
I have reviewed caregiver responsibilities in reunification work with the above-signed caregiver and agree
that this caregiver is prepared to offer reunification support.
Family Development Specialist
Agency
Date
Licensing Worker/ Caseworker
Agency approval:
Signature
Position
Date
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