Published in May 1998,
the handbook is available at county departments of social services
in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Division of Social
Services has published a new handbook for parents whose children
have entered the foster care system.
In addition to explaining why children
are placed in foster care, how DSS and court work, and the rights
and responsibilities of birth parents and their children, the
handbook puts special emphasis on the fact that birth parents
and foster parents are on the same team.
It states that "next to you, [foster
parents] may know more about your children than anyone else, since
they are providing their day-to-day care," and encourages
birth parents to support foster parents ans provide them with
information (such as food restrictions, health and school information,
likes and dislikes, special fears, etx.) that will help them make
a child's adjustment to foster care much easier.