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Respite for Foster Children- The Maryland Model. John Bertulis Foster Parent Ombudsman Arnold Eby Foster Parent. 24 jurisdictions (including Baltimore City) 8,013 children in out of home care 6,130 are placed in family homes (76.5%) 913 are in group homes (11.4%)

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Respite for Foster Children-The Maryland Model

John Bertulis

Foster Parent Ombudsman

Arnold Eby

Foster Parent

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Foster Care in Maryland(stats as of 6-30-2010)

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Respite for Children in Foster Care

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  • Prior to 2005: barter system or informal respite out of home care

  • Foster parents voiced need for paid respite

  • Policy developed in 2005; revised in 2008

  • Each kinship and foster family may have 7 days of paid respite per reconsideration year

  • Extra days determined on a case by case basis

Maryland Foster Care Respite Model

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Two Types of Respite

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Providers of Respite

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  • Already approved provider years of age and have appropriate clearances

  • Win-win situation

    * No pre-approval needed

    * Good way for new providers “to get

    their feet wet”

    * Use vacant foster homes

Providers of Respite

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  • As much notice as possible years of age and have appropriate clearances

  • Tell the child they are going on a vacation, be sure they realize that they are not being punished

  • Share info about the family in advance

  • If possible, introduce child(ren) to respite provider in advance (maybe like a play day)

  • Pack them a special “comfort item”

  • Reassure child that you will be back to get them

Respite Preparation

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  • Information about child (spelling of name, birth date, etc.) years of age and have appropriate clearances

  • Provider’s contact info, but also doctor, social worker, after hours number, etc.

  • Medication and administration instructions

  • Medical card(s) and medical consent form

  • List of daily routine, likes and dislikes, fears

  • Instructions for scheduled appointments

Respite “To Go” Kit

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  • Try to meet the child(ren) in advance years of age and have appropriate clearances

  • Confirm respite dates and times in advance

  • Be mindful that these are children in foster care because of abuse and neglect

  • Try to keep a schedule/routine

  • Remember medication and scheduled appointments

  • Have fun, but don’t over do it

Respite Provider

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A Foster Parent’s Testimony

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~ In Fiscal Year 2009: and done that

$700,000 was budgeted

$ 50,000 was spent

~ In Fiscal Year 2010:

$100,000 was budgeted

$124,000 was spent

Maryland’s Respite Program Stalled

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Mindset of Providers

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Education on Importance of Respite

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Another Problem in Maryland

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Other Forms of Respite

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AdoptUsKidsMini Respite Grants

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Where To Go From Here

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Any Questions/Input? feel a part of your family

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“Respite: Create It”