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June 27, 2016

Welcome to the Parent Resource Pages!

These pages are dedicated to the foster, adoptive and relative caregivers that open their heart and their home to over 2800 children in out-of-home placement in Idaho each year. These pages have been created in an effort to better communicate with you, our resource parents, and keep you up-to-date with information that you need to know. 


Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard (RPPS)

The new Normalcy for Youth in Foster Care web section includes resources that provide information for professionals and caregivers on how to support and promote typical childhood experiences for youth in foster care.

The live webinar for the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard and Normalcy Training is on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

This training is required for all licensed foster parents and onsite designated officials of group homes and residential  treatment facilities. Practice, policy and application of the reasonable and prudent parent standard does  not go into effect until July 1, 2016.  In addition, the standard may not be applied prior to completing the training.  The protection under the liability as it applies to the reasonable and prudent parent standard will not be effective until the training has been completed. 

Access the Training Webinar: Please click the Canvas link below or copy and paste it in your URL to join the "Reasonable Prudent Parenting" webinar. You will be prompted to install the Blackboard Collaborate meeting software through a link on that page. After installing the software, you may need to revisit the meeting link to download the meeting file. Click on the meeting file (meeting.collab); the web meeting software will launch and join you to the meeting.  This same link will provide you with the recorded version after the live webinar is complete. 


If you need to use your phone for audio, use the Dial-In number and PIN below

Phone Dial In 571-392-7703 PIN 21 356 023 508

When the webinar is complete, please come back to the home page and complete the exit survey.  This is the way we will track your attendance.  Each person will need to complete a survey.  If you do not turn in a survey, you will not get credit for this course.

The recorded version of the live webinar will be available after June 10 and accessible any time.


For additional training opportunities through your local Training and Support Groups, please visit for further details or contact your local Recruitment Coordinator.  

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard
Currently, Child and Family Services are preparing to present new rules and legislation regarding the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.  These rules and legislation are part of the federal requirement associated with Public Law 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.  Essentially, they will provide our resource families and a designated official at children’s licensing facility/agencies, who provide placements for children/youth placed through the foster care system, the ability to make day-to-day decisions regarding a foster children/youth’s participation in extracurricular, enrichment and social activities without seeking the approval of DHW.  These activities may include participating in after school events, staying the night at a friend’s house, going to the movies, etc.  We will continue to encourage the involvement of the birth parents as well as an assessment of the child/youth’s functioning in making these day-to-day decisions.  The proposed legislation will include liability coverage for resource parents/designated officials who act within the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.  Here are the official links related to the proposed legislation: 
Statement of Purpose
Rules Governing Standards for Child Care Licensing 
House H & W Committee 16-0602-1501 and Senate H & W Committee16-0602-1501
These rule changes are not in effect and have not been reviewed and approved by the Legislature.  If these proposed rule changes are approved they will go into effect on July 1, 2016.  In the meantime additional guidance, support and training will be offered to all resource parents and contracted children’s licensed facilities/agencies to assist in streamlining the implementation of this legislation.  We are planning on offering training at the annual Resource Family Conferences this spring.

Health-Care Coverage for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Now that the 2016 open enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is underway, it's important to understand what that means for children and youth in foster care. Because of possible abuse or neglect, this vulnerable population often has significant health-care needs. Changes in the nation's health-care laws have increased access to and affordability of health care, including for those involved with child welfare. Child Welfare Information Gateway offers resources for more information on these changes and their effects on children, youth, and families. You can access that information at Health Insurance: Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act.

The above message provided by Child Welfare listserv from

On behalf of Catherine Heath, Children's Bureau

For most parents and caregivers, it’s important to feel that their children are on a path toward financial well-being into adulthood. But in their busy family lives, it isn’t always easy to know how or when to have money conversations, or what to say or do.

To help, we invite you to explore CFPB’s new resource, Money as You Grow. The newly redesigned Money As You Grow website combined age-appropriate activities and conversation starters from the popular site with research-based information into how children develop money skills, habits, and attitudes. The result is a newly redesigned experience for parents and caregivers, where they’ll find resources they can use right away—plus background on why these activities can work to promote healthy money habits.                  

Check out Money as You Grow:

Pregnant and Parenting teens often are balancing their lives and being a parent. Ensuring that adolescent parents receive adequate social and emotional, medical, and academic support is essential to the parent and the baby’s future. Find information on parenting tips, resources, to support pregnant and parenting teens. Resources include State and local examples.

Resources for Teen Pregnancy are now live on Child Welfare Information Gateway.

What's New

Family and Community Services has a library of books, DVDs, videos, and audio cassette resources for our Resource Families to check out. We encourage you to browse through this collection online.

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