Follow along with NewFound Families as we work to support families. In this news column we seek to provide current information about the admininistration of the child welfare system. Become part of our community and join us on Facebook.
FACES of Virginia Families Launches Open Arms Initiative
(RICHMOND), Virginia's FACES of Virginia Families, a non-profit support association has established the Open Arms Initiative as an effort to assist families in adopting children from the Virginia foster care system, and assist children currently in the system find a family that might be of interest to them.
Be a part of the health care solution and provide us with information about your experiences in arranging health care for children in foster care. The Virginia Department of Social Services is seeking to improve the medical, mental health, and dental care of children in foster care. Please take 10 minutes to complete this short FACES survey about the experiences you have had with the most recent child living in your home for foster care. Click Here to take survey. Please log on and help inform the solution!
FACES urges all members and other persons interested in improving the child welfare system to learn more about current efforts underway at the Virginia Department of Social Services. Click on this link to learn about Virginia's new practice model: www.vafamilyconnections.com.
The Virginia Department of Social Services has implemented the rate structuring tool for private provider use of enhanced maintenance payments to foster parents. For more information from VDSS on this activity please click on this link: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/fc/rate.cgi
The Foster Care Code of Ethics and Mutual Responsibility Agreement has been implemented statewide. Since July 2009, all foster parents are now entitled to received this agreement and a financial agreement which identifies the amount and the DATEÂ that foster parents will receive their maintenance checks.
Would you like your agency to provide you with a placement authorization card for your wallet/purse? Click on this link (Placement Agreement Authorization Card.doc) for a sample card to take to your agency. It is a Word document and can be modified to reflect the unique procedure at your agency. The card has a front and back.