What Type of Contact Will I Have With The Birth Parents of a Foster Child

What Type of Contact Will I Have With The Parents of a Foster Child?


In this video Trey Rabun of Amara explains what type of contact to expect with the foster child's parents during your care.

What type of contact will I have with the birth parents of the foster child?

The amount and type of contact you will have with your foster child's birth or current parents is different with each case. In some cases the birth parents are very actively involved, they may be visiting the kids, taking them to court hearings or other appointments. This will give you a lot of time as a foster parent to get to know them better. This is especially helpful if you are looking to create a bond and relationship that lasts longer than the time the child is in your care.

In other cases, the birth parents may not be involved at all. But as a whole, foster care is moving towards keeping the birth parents involved and allowing these relationships to grow. This newer way of thinking has proven to create stronger partnerships and results in resolving the issue that put the child in foster care quicker. For the best interest of the children, it is beneficial to move them out of foster care as soon as it is safe.

Posted by Trey Rabun

Trey graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara's efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for about 1 ½ years and currently have a two-year-old foster child. In his free time, Trey enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with his Pug.

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