• September/October 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 5

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Toolbox No. 2: Expanding the Role of Foster Parents in Achieving Permanency

//Toolboxes for Permanency//. Dougherty, S. Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC. 2001. 132 pp. $14.95. Paperback.

Successful foster care practices are currently understood to be family-focused, child-centered, community-based, developmentally appropriate, and culturally competent. While experienced foster parents are gaining more respect for their expertise, and exerting more influence with public social services agencies, lack of agency staff is resulting in undefined and vaguely understood roles for these paraprofessionals. The author suggests practical ways to incorporate professional child welfare practice into the recruitment, training, and support of foster parents, and ways that agencies can adapt the role of foster parents in the changing child welfare system. In addition to the traditional tasks of foster parents as caregivers and disciplinarians, the author recommends expanded roles as trainers and mentors to birth parents and new foster parents, and recognition as official members of agency permanency planning teams.

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