Questions to Ask
It is crucial to gather as much information as possible to ensure the best possible care for the child.
Here are some questions that should be asked before the child is placed in your home:
1. What is the child's full name, age, and date of birth?
2. What is the current living situation and why is the child being placed in kinship care?
3. Does the child have any known medical conditions or health issues?
4. Is the child currently taking any medications?
5. Does the child have any allergies?
6. What is the child's current academic level and are there any identified learning difficulties?
7. Does the child have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan at school?
8. Is the child involved in any extracurricular activities or hobbies?
9. Has the child received any therapy or counseling? If so, for what and how long?
10. Are there any known behavioral issues?
11. Does the child have any religious practices that should be maintained?
12. Has the child been exposed to traumatic experiences, such as violence or severe neglect?
13. What is known about the child's relationship with their biological parents?
14. Are there any existing visitation orders with the biological parents or other relatives?
15. Is there a plan for the child to return to their parents' care in the future?
16. What are the child's favorite foods, activities, or comfort items?
17. Are there siblings, and if so, what is the plan for them?
18. What resources or support are available for the child and caregiver from the agency?
This questionnaire aims to cover a broad range of topics, but it's important for caregivers to remember that every child is unique, and there may be additional questions that need to be asked based on their individual circumstances.