Adoption Services (CA-AS) 10: Temporary Care for Children Awaiting Placement
Foster parents provide temporary care that ensures the health and safety of infants awaiting adoption.
Interpretation This section is intended for programs that provide short term, temporary care for children, usually newborns, while they await placement, typically where direct placement with prospective adoptive parents is not possible and do not otherwise provide foster care services.
NA The program does not provide temporary care for children awaiting placement or the program provides such care through its foster care program.
NA The organization provides home study or child-focused recruitment services only.
NA The organization provides post-placement services only.
NA The organization only provides foster-to-adopt services.
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PurposeAdoption programs establish permanent family relationships for children in need of permanency, and increase the well-being, functioning, and stability of children, birth parents, adoptive families, and adopted individuals.
- Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
- Procedures need strengthening; or
- With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
- For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
- Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
- Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
- Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
- Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
- Timeframes are often missed; or
- Several client records are missing important information; or
- Client participation is inconsistent.
- No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
- Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.
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Prior to placement, foster homes are licensed, approved, or certified according to provincial or local regulation and foster parents have completed all required training.
Prior to placement, the organization:
- assesses the home to identify any safety concerns; and
- conducts criminal background checks for all adults living or frequently in the home in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
The program coordinates needed healthcare services for the child, and foster parents are trained to respond to the healthcare needs of the child.
The adoption worker visits the foster parents and the child:
- within the first two weeks of placement; and
- at least once a month while in temporary placement to evaluate safety and needs.
Each foster family develops or uses the organization’s protocols for responding to emergencies, including accidents, serious illness, fire, and natural disasters.
Foster parents who transport children in their own vehicles:
- use age-appropriate passenger restraint systems;
- properly maintain vehicles and obtain required registration;
- provide evidence of vehicle safety;
- provide the organization with validation of their driving records; and
- appropriate insurance coverage.
Interpretation Regarding elements (c) and (d), this information should be provided as frequently as necessary, based on the amount of time licenses and insurance are valid. For example, if licenses are valid for two years, license validation can occur every two years.
Note: In some cases this standard may not be applicable to all foster parents (e.g., if foster parents live in urban areas and utilize public transportation instead of their own vehicles).