Welcome to the AFAPA family! Being a foster parent is one of the most challenging and most rewarding things you can do, and children throughout Alabama need you! The information below may be found in more detail in the Alabama Foster Parent Handbook. We hope the resources listed below are helpful, and if you have any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are here to help!
Foster parent responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
And MOST IMPORTANTLY, foster parents must address the child’s emotional needs by providing the child with love. The child may not be able to show this love in return, but foster parents are expected to provide a positive, healthy, and happy home to children who have experienced traumatic events and may need extra parental support.
The State of Alabama provides supports for foster parents, including:
Foster parent licensure is re-evaluated each year to ensure that foster parents remain in compliance with Department of Human Resources standards. Foster parents must submit:
The Child’s Social Worker:
The Biological Parent(s)
A foster child’s biological parents have the right to participate in ISP meetings and court proceedings, and to have an active role in planning for their child while the child is in foster care. Many of their rights (such as visitation, communication, education services, and health services) are listed in the ISP. For more detailed information of birth parent rights, please see the Alabama Foster Parent Handbook.
The Juvenile Court Judge
Foster care relies on teamwork – professionals, the child’s biological family, and foster parents working together to ensure the child receives services and supports that are in his or her best interest. As an important member of that team, you have rights that have been listed in the Foster Parents Bill of Rights:
What is an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and who can participate?
What do I do if I feel my foster parent rights are being violated?
What should I do if I have concerns my child’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is not completing his or her responsibilities?
May I participate in my foster child’s school Individualized Education Program (IEP) as a parent?