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Welcome to the Parent Resource Pages!

These pages are dedicated to the foster, adoptive and relative caregivers that open their heart and their home to over 2800 children in out-of-home placement in Idaho each year. These pages have been created in an effort to better communicate with you, our resource parents, and keep you up-to-date with information that you need to know. 


Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard (RPPS)

The new Normalcy for Youth in Foster Care web section includes resources that provide information for professionals and caregivers on how to support and promote typical childhood experiences for youth in foster care.
The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard
Currently, Child and Family Services are preparing to present new rules and legislation regarding the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.  These rules and legislation are part of the federal requirement associated with Public Law 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.  Essentially, they will provide our resource families and a designated official at children’s licensing facility/agencies, who provide placements for children/youth placed through the foster care system, the ability to make day-to-day decisions regarding a foster children/youth’s participation in extracurricular, enrichment and social activities without seeking the approval of DHW.  These activities may include participating in after school events, staying the night at a friend’s house, going to the movies, etc.  We will continue to encourage the involvement of the birth parents as well as an assessment of the child/youth’s functioning in making these day-to-day decisions.  The proposed legislation will include liability coverage for resource parents/designated officials who act within the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.  Here are the official links related to the proposed legislation: 
Statement of Purpose
Rules Governing Standards for Child Care Licensing 
House H & W Committee 16-0602-1501 and Senate H & W Committee16-0602-1501
These rule changes are not in effect and have not been reviewed and approved by the Legislature.  If these proposed rule changes are approved they will go into effect on July 1, 2016.  In the meantime additional guidance, support and training will be offered to all resource parents and contracted children’s licensed facilities/agencies to assist in streamlining the implementation of this legislation.  We are planning on offering training at the annual Resource Family Conferences this spring.

Health-Care Coverage for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Now that the 2016 open enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is underway, it's important to understand what that means for children and youth in foster care. Because of possible abuse or neglect, this vulnerable population often has significant health-care needs. Changes in the nation's health-care laws have increased access to and affordability of health care, including for those involved with child welfare. Child Welfare Information Gateway offers resources for more information on these changes and their effects on children, youth, and families. You can access that information at Health Insurance: Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act.

The above message provided by Child Welfare listserv from

On behalf of Catherine Heath, Children's Bureau

For most parents and caregivers, it’s important to feel that their children are on a path toward financial well-being into adulthood. But in their busy family lives, it isn’t always easy to know how or when to have money conversations, or what to say or do.

To help, we invite you to explore CFPB’s new resource, Money as You Grow. The newly redesigned Money As You Grow website combined age-appropriate activities and conversation starters from the popular site with research-based information into how children develop money skills, habits, and attitudes. The result is a newly redesigned experience for parents and caregivers, where they’ll find resources they can use right away—plus background on why these activities can work to promote healthy money habits.                  

Check out Money as You Grow:

What's New

Family and Community Services has a library of books, DVDs, videos, and audio cassette resources for our Resource Families to check out. We encourage you to browse through this collection online.

News and Events

EllsworJ posted on September 06, 2011 10:56

As you may know, since the mid-1990’s Idaho has had guardianship assistance available for both relatives and non-relatives.  However, under state law, a termination of parental rights is required and the program is funded entirely with state general funds.

The Fostering Connections Act of 2008 gave states the option of using federal funds for a Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (RGAP).  After a lengthy process, our state plan has been approved. 

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