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Sometimes you are the exact person a child needs. Your willingness to connect with a relative child is a gift — to the child and to the parents.
When children must enter foster care, our primary goal is to find a relative or someone close to the family to care for them. In line with the
Child Welfare Division Vision for Transformation, keeping connected to relatives and kin helps these children retain a sense of belonging and acceptance and preserves culture.
Relative connections are important
We talk with parents, kids and known family to identify who their family is. We have search specialists across Oregon who use search engines and social media to locate relatives and help find contact information so we can send formal notice and invite support for the family.
Grandparents have a right to receive court notice. All relatives have a right to be notified that their relative is in care and that they can meet with the child or young adult.
We work with parents to invite relatives to family meetings so they can be informed about the status of the case and how they might be involved in the case plan.
Caseworkers spend time with children placed in foster care a minimum of every 30 days. Caseworkers also will have monthly contact with you and visit you in your home every 60 days.
Your certifier will be available to you for support and guidance. You will see your certifier regularly; time between visits will be no longer than every 180 days. They will invite you to training, provide information and manuals and share other community resource family organizations and support resources, as well as partner and county social media sites.
Resource Parent Training and Support website has information, training and support for caregivers.
ODHS pays a monthly amount to cover the cost of each child's care, but relative resource parents themselves are volunteers. The payment rate depends on each child's age and level of need. Children's medical and dental costs are also covered by a state-funded health plan. You can find more details at
Foster Care Payments and Rates.
Any kind of connection that helps maintain family and cultural ties is beneficial to a child in care. Some ways to provide support include:
Supporting safety planning so children can be reunified with their parents
Grandparents making regular phone calls
Family camping trips
Supporting family time with parents
Family visit/vacation time
Sharing photos and stories
Helping the child make an
All About Me book
Connecting resource parents with family culture
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