Saturday, February 15, 2014
Respite Binder for Foster Care
One of the most popular posts on this blog is the Foster Care Binder to keep track of all the documentation that goes along with fostering. I have adapted it to a Documentation Binder for those children who have been adopted or birth children with special needs. But what about those respite situations where you only have a placement for a short time but still want to keep track of things? I made a Respite Binder this weekend with our first Respite Placement, this includes only the forms that would be needed or useful for a short placement.
I arranged my respite binder in a 1 inch binder with 3 sections Current Placement, Past Placements, Blank Forms.
The "Respite Packet" includes a basic information sheet, notes sheet, medication/mileage log, Incident Report, and Clothing Inventory.
Basic Information Sheet: Includes Child, Caseworker, and Foster Parent's contact information as well as the reason for and dates of respite. It also has space for any notes you may have.
Medication/Mileage Log: This is a shortened version of the full forms available in the Foster Care Binder. You can keep track of any medication administered as well as mileage for any travel that is reimbursed by your agency.
Incident Report: I have included an Incident Report if needed for any minor (or major) injuries that may happen while the child is in your care for respite. (Edited to add: This form includes a spot for pictures, if you don't use this form I highly recommend you take a photo of any injury or even a photo showing there were no visible marks from the injury to have for your records or to send to caseworker).
Clothing Inventory: With multiple kids in the house and short respite visits, Id hate to forget to send something back that came with the child. I print this Clothing inventory by changing the print settings on my computer to two pages per sheet. I then print two copies, one for clothing in and one for clothing out.
Here is a link to the forms I've included in my Binder:
In addition to these forms I keep a copy of any information provided to me. Once respite has been completed I staple all the documents together in the corner and move them to the Past Placements section.
What else do you think is important to keep track of for Respite Placements?