We have found that lack of information on the child by the caregiver at the time of initial placement directly impacts placement stability. Foster parents and relative caregivers alike need to know all they can right up front to feel like they are equipped to handle the placement. Lack of information is perceived as not valuing them in the process all the way up to feeling like they’ve been lied to. Give them what they need as soon as they accept a placement.
Give foster and relative caregivers the ability to ask for help and communicate in real time with your team members.