Foster Care Binder – Keeping it organized
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
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I created these free printables for a foster care binder.
rint 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.
I have attached some but not all of the sheets in image form here in this post so you get an idea of what is included in the printable package!
FOSTER CARE PRE PLACEMENT QUESTIONS
BASIC INFO ON A CHILD
CONTACT SHEET: This includes contact infor for all workers, doctors, therapists, etc.
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.
VISITATION SCHEDULE AND DOCUMENTATION:
- Good Visit – No problems
- Problems – Late, something upsetting happened, sickness, concerning comment
- Cancelled or No Show
Each section has some extra lined paper for notes, and some clear sheet protectors to hold any incoming documents.
I hope these FOSTER CARE BINDER printables help you to stay more organized in your foster care journey! 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
1.5 inch Binder
Zipper Binder Pouch
Different Colored Pens
Post it Notes
I will be filming an updated video shortly with how I use the foster care binder. There is an old version on my youtube channel if you search foster care binder in the search bar on the video tab. That will have to do for now but new video coming soon!