Foster Care

If you had to choose, which of these would be the most important?

  • Improving foster parent support
  • Boosting foster parent engagement
  • Increasing foster parent retention
  • Raising foster parent recruitment effectiveness
  • Giving foster parents easier access to service providers
  • Enhancing child well-being
  • Monitoring child welfare
  • Reducing caseworker turnover
  • Optimizing caseworker efficiency
  • Facilitating a mobile workforce
  • Enhancing communication
  • All of the above

We know, trick question. It's not often you find one tool that is so adaptable and flexible, that it can provide such diverse benefits. But nice job. You just did.

Let them do social work

The last thing your caseworkers need is "one more thing" to do. Unless of course, that "one more thing" simplifies their job, eases stress and makes them more efficient. Caseworkers are trapped in a role that increasingly requires them to collect paperwork and input data, rather than working with people. Our system is designed to streamline data collection and authoring, making caseworkers more efficient and freeing them to spend their extra time changing lives, improving outcomes and actually doing social work. Allowing them to do more of what they love and less of what they don't, goes a long way towards boosting caseworker retention. Do you know what else does? Effective communication.

Change relationships with effective communication

Without clear, effective communication, the relationship between a caseworker and foster parent becomes strained and could become adversarial. This simply adds more stress for two people that certainly don't need it. By simplifying the communication process, making it more efficient, and accurately documenting who said what and when it was said, we keep these relationships professional, collaborative and team-oriented.

Reduce disruptions

Instead of receiving messages scattered through email, text, phone, fax, voicemail, instant message or any other communication tool, caseworkers can have all communication redirected to a single source for collection. This minimizes interruptions and allows them to focus on their day. Not only is this information documented and organized, but the caseworker can access it at their convenience. It's also searchable. Research shows that workers spend 6 weeks per year just looking for information because it's scattered among so many communication channels. We address this with superior search and filter capabilities.

 

As a foster parent, days start blurring and you forget about behaviors. If you don’t do your journals daily, it’s easy to forget an important aspect that could cause your child to end up losing services because you aren’t reporting everything accurately. But with FosterCare.Team, you can talk and it transcribes your notes in a few seconds.

 

David T., Foster Parent

 

 

Give foster parents a voice

One of the biggest complaints from foster parents is they spend the most time with the foster children (literally 24/7), but often they have the least amount of say into decisions made for that child. Our journal module allows foster parents to have a voice and to document what they and their foster children are experiencing in the foster home. This journal is then accessible by other members of the family's care team, allowing for feedback and collaboration to address any issues or concerns. It's also a great documentation tool, and as foster parents are taught, "if you don't document it, it didn't happen".

Build a trauma narrative

Children play out their experiences. Some foster parents will use the journal module to document what their children are saying when they play because they are playing out their trauma. The journal module and behavior tracking tools help document the child's trauma narrative. This gives caseworkers and therapists powerful insights into the life and needs of the child.

Increase foster parent retention

30% - 50% of foster parents quit in frustration. Why? Usually, it has to with one of these 5 reasons:

  • 1 Lack of agency support
  • 2 Lack of agency support
  • 3 Inadequate training
  • 4 Burdens of stress
  • 5 Struggles with grief and loss

Journaling is the number one tool therapists recommend for people dealing with stress, grief, and loss. It helps them organize and freely articulate their thoughts and feelings in a controlled environment where emotions of other people won't escalate a situation. Not only is journaling high therapeutic for foster parents, but it is a gold mine for the rest of the team charged with supporting the foster family. By facilitating communication and improving support, our platform helps child welfare agencies address the five primary reasons foster parents list for quitting.

Retention is recruiting

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A portal isn't enough

Foster parent portals are nice, but they don't go far enough. It's not enough to simply give foster parents a way to upload information or a place they can go for training resources. Portals are missing the most important problem-solving tool: collaboration. With a collaboration system, people can still upload information and access links, but now anyone on the team can provide information, insight, and ideas to help solve problems and guide care. When everyone on a team can see everyone else's opinions and suggestions, it drastically improves decision making and the pool of solutions a foster parent has to work with. Portals are nice, but they don't do collaboration.

Pricing

Pricing is based on the number of foster care caseworker seats. Everyone else inside and outside of your organization is free. Our collaboration platform offers a return on investment and an easy way to sign up and get started.