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General Responsibilities

Direct-care responsibilities may include, but are not necessarily limited to providing for basic needs, health and medical-care, education, therapeutic Co-Parenting, documentation, and actively participating in all treatment team activities.

Basic Needs and Supervision

Co-Parents are required to meet the basic needs of each child and provide adequate and appropriate food, clothing, shelter, day-care and respite-care when needed (some exceptions may apply), transportation, discipline, and structure. It is required that Co-Parents know AT ALL TIMES the whereabouts of each child, the nature of their activities, and anyone who may be in contact with them.

Health and Medical-Care

Each child in placement will have medicaid and/or other medical insurance provided. All Co-Parents, therefore, must insure that each child receives appropriate health and medical-care sufficient to meet his/her needs. All medical services must be provided by a licensed professional. At a minimum each child must receive one regular exam from a pediatrician, and a dentist each year.

School and Educational Needs

Each school-aged child must attend a public school or other day treatment program. Co-Parent must participate in all aspects of the child's education including helping the child with his/her homework and attending Parent-Teacher Conferences, School Staffings, Disciplinary Reviews, or other meetings and functions directly related to the child's education and progress. Co-Parents must provide educational material and supplies sufficient to meet the child's needs and/or as determined by the school, including books, pencils, paper, binders , and backpacks.

Logging, Reporting, and Record Keeping

Maintain a daily journal of activities and behaviors. Record and monitor mail, telephone calls, and any other professional contacts. Keep a ledger and/or receipts for expenses relating to personal-care items, education, and clothing. Maintain a chart of any and all medical information and keep receipts from medical appointments. Chart any and all prescription and non-prescription medications dispensed to the child(ren). Adhere to Agency policy regarding other reporting procedures.

Staffings and Training

Attend monthly Staffings to review each child's progress. These staffings are held in the foster-home where the child is placed. Attend any other staffings, hearing, or reviews involving each child. Attend a minimum of 20 hour of PreService training and 40 hours per year of on-going training. Attend any other meetings requested by the Agency.

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