Foster Care

Foster Care Placement Questions

Foster parents are required to take charge of the childrens’ lives. To help with this task and prevent possible allegations, the following is a list of questions to ask prior to accepting a placement:

Name, gender, age?

Reason for placement?

Previous placements?

  • Reason for removal?
  • Ask to speak with previous care provider
  • Has the child made any allegations against previous foster parents/group home?

Reimbursement rate?


  • Who?
  • Where?
  • Monitored?

Child’s medical history and current medical needs:

  • Medical diagnosis
  • Psychological diagnosis
  • Current medication
  • neurological diagnosis
  • Dental
  • Siblings

Developmental level?

Is the child in therapy?

  • where?
  • how often?
  • transportation?

School last attended Grade?

  • Learning disorders?
  • Special Education?
  • IEP?

Anticipated length of placement?
Is religion a concern?
Does child have any unusual habits? Likes? Dislikes?

NOTE: When arranging for the placement or replacement of a child and on an ongoing basis, the CSW is typically required to provide the caregiver with information as available regarding but limited to:

  • Educational
  • Medical
  • Placement
  • Family
  • Behavioral

The caregiver is also to be provided with information regarding any known or suspected dangerous behavior of the child. Most states have similar requirements.

  • Known or suspected dangerous propensities
  • Gang affiliations?
  • Fire setter?
  • Liar?
  • Sexually acting out?
  • Steals?
  • Legal status?

Source: 1995/2007 Foster Parent Community