Foster Care Binder – Keeping it organized
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The one thing that is certain about foster care, is there is a TON of paperwork. Having an organized foster care binder will make your life so much easier.
There can be a lot of transition in your home as a foster parent. Just when you are getting used to one child, they may leave and you have another placed in your home.
The social workers, doctors, visitation, and meetings are a lot to keep up with, so having a foster care binder when you can keep everything organized and easily available is so key!
I have been using this binder system for a while now, and it has really helped in my second year of fostering. The first year without the foster care binder I was a mess. I had papers everywhere and I couldn’t find what I needed when I needed it.
I searched online but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so decided to create my own, and I wanted to share it with you.
What you need
Foster Care Binder Printable – See form at bottom of this post to sign up!
I created these free printables for a foster care binder.
Simply print them out and add them to a binder with dividers. A 1.5 inch binder is a great size. I also like to have a variety of coloured pens for the various labeling and details that I add in. Post it notes are also great to stick in the front zipper folder, if you need to jot something down quickly then transfer those details to the binder.
- Foster Care Pre Placement Questions
- Basic Info on Child
- Contact Sheet: This includes contact info for all workers, doctors, therapists, etc.
- Medical (History and medication sheets)
- Court Records: I record what happened at court, and the next court date, what the plan is and who gave me the update.
- Monthly Reports: Every agency does this a bit different. We meet with our children’s worker monthly, I know others are required to fill out a monthly form. I designed a free printable about all the aspects of the child’s life that we will need to discuss and fill it out on there prior to the meeting, and then fill in additional notes during the meeting.
- Plan of Care: Our agency mails us out official plans of care, so I put them here in a clear sheet.
- Injuries: record any injuries and when and who you reported it to.
- Visitation: I print out their visitation calendar, and I highlight it in 3 colours to show
- Good Visit – No problems
- Problems – Late, something upsetting happened, sickness, concerning comment
- Cancelled or No Show
I also indicate on the calendar if I drove or we had a volunteer driver. I record the name of any drivers we use, and it is also a way to help me track mileage expenses.
- Expenses: A sheet to keep track of any additional expenses.
- Other Information: Anything Additional, or that doesn’t clearly fall into a category goes here.
Each section has some extra lined paper for notes, and some clear sheet protectors to hold any incoming documents.
All of the kid’s artwork, either gets saved or scanned and added to a flash drive that stays in a zipper pouch in the front of the binder. I also add pictures of the child to this flash drive.
I hope these printables help you to stay more organized in your foster care journey! Simply add your email to the box below and they will be sent your way! I hope this foster care binder covers all your needs if you have any other thoughts that would make this more helpful to you please send them my way! I want this binder to be a complete resource for you!
What you need
Foster Care Binder Printables
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