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New Placement

What happens when a foster parent gets a new placement?

Must dos:


Take to a doctor’s appointment within 72 hours


Schedule a psych exam


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Schedule a dentist appointment (and any additional doctor’s appointments needed)


Enroll in school or daycare


Schedule caseworker visits within the first 24-48 hours


Meet with WIC if child is under 5


Setup visits with biological parents within the first week


If sibling groups are not placed together, schedule sibling meetings


Get clothing/shoes/backpack/toothbrushes/hygiene products

Depending on the child placed and what the foster parent has at home they may need to:


Rearrange bedrooms


Get new bedding


Get formula, baby food or specific food the child needs


Get toys

The first few weeks of receiving a new placement are a whirlwind. This is a great time to support and uplift foster families. Simple things like offering to run errands, taking the family a meal or helping with biological/adopted children are a great way to help. We may not all be called to foster, but we can all impact the foster community.


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