How long have you been a foster parent, and how many children have you cared for?
How long have you known this particular child? Did you have a relationship with this child before you became her foster parent?
Do you have any special training or experience related to caring for children?
What was the physical and emotional condition of this child when she first came into your home?
What changes have you noticed in the child’s behavior, emotional state, or physical condition since being in your home?
Describe the child’s typical day.
Describe your relationship with the child’s birth parents.
Have you observed the child interacting with her parents? Can you describe the interaction? You may be asked to give specific dates or details for these observations.
Describe the nature of the child’s contact with the birth parents—such as dates and length of visits, phone calls, gifts, etc.
How does the child react and/or behave before and after contact with her birth parents?
How is the child doing in school?
How is the child’s health? When was the last time the child went to the doctor?
What other activities (such as sports, recreation, music, church, social) is the child involved in?
What concerns do you have?
If reunification does not happen for this child, are you interested in making a permanent commitment to the child through adoption or guardianship?
Adapted from New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children, 2006 (http://nysccc.org/)