Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Child-Placing Agencies or TDFPS policy do not require in-service training for approved adoptive parents. Approved adoptive parents can access additional training through post adoption services, the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC), and TDFPS.
Approved foster and adoptive families are assigned workers who help support the family. The foster home development worker's support responsibilities include:
- Presentation of children for possible placement;
- Helping the family maintain minimum standard and policy requirements;
- Provide support and training based on the families strengths and needs;
- Maintain regular telephone contact and visiting families in their homes at least quarterly;
- Provide support to foster parents in the event of an investigation;
- Ensure foster families are members of the foster care team;
- Help foster parents obtain needed services;
- Be involved in supportive services such as leading support groups, working on statewide committees, attending foster parent association meetings, and implementing foster parent training; and
- Provide support and training to foster families in the area of developing and maintaining a mentoring relationship with birth parents.
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