The following resources provide information that support foster parents as they partner with caseworkers and birth parents to provide consistent care for children in their homes.
Create a Great Relationship With Your Foster Child's Caseworker
Discusses ways to create a healthy, effective working relationship between the foster parent and their caseworker, with a primary focus on the needs and concerns of the child in foster care.
Family Focused Treatment Association
Provides resources to connect biological, foster, and adoptive families with organizations supporting family-based treatment for youth.
Resources for Holding Icebreaker Meetings Between Birth and Foster Parents
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (2012)
Provides resources for increasing positive working relationships between child welfare professionals, birth parents, and foster parents. It also includes a toolkit for teaching agencies how to lead successful icebreakers.
Tips for Helping Children and Teens Before and After Visitation
American Academy of Pediatrics & Healthy Foster Care America (2015)
Includes tips for birth and foster parents and kin for before and after visitation.
Ways to Build and Maintain Sibling Connections When Placed Separately (PDF - 2,007 KB)
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (2016)
News From Your Peer Liaison
Lists ways in which foster parents can support sibling relationships when siblings are placed separately in foster care. Strategies include arranging regular face-to-face visits, helping the children initiate contact, putting up pictures of siblings in the home, including information about siblings in children's life books, and having the children see the same therapist on the same day so they can visit with each other afterward.