Beginning July 1, 2016, pursuant to Title 16 Chapter 16-1629 Idaho Code, the Department of Health and Welfare is required to provide written notice to foster parents of all placement changes, whether they are a planned or an unplanned placement change. These notices are in addition to our current practice of notifying birth parents and Guardian Ad Litems.
The letter will include the following information:
- the reason for the change in placement,
- the number of times the child has experienced a placement change since they have been placed in foster care,
- if the child will change schools due to the placement change; and
- if the change in placement results in separation or reunification with siblings placed in foster care.
For all planned placement changes foster parents will receive written notice no later than 7 days prior to the placement change. For unplanned placement changes foster parents will receive written notice within 7 days after the placement change.
These letters will not replace the ongoing discussions and conversations you are having with the child’s assigned social worker.
If you have further questions regarding the legislative changes please feel free to contact your assigned social worker, licensing worker or Sabrina Brown Child Welfare Program Specialist over Foster Care Recruitment and Retention at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.334.5648.