Can I leave my foster child with a babysitter?
This is a great question!
The short answer is yes! You can absolutely leave a child in foster care with a babysitter!
There is only one thing: any desired babysitter has to pass a background check. Throughout the licensing process, each parent will go through a background check, as well as any members of the household that is over 18 years old. You can also opt in family members for background checks. That’s what we’ve done. Grandparents love to babysit!
We also have friends that are cleared to babysit that we can call on if need be. Another WONDERFUL thing about living in community!
The only stipulation about babysitting is that if it’s overnight, the child has to remain in the licensed home or be moved to a respite home. (This is excused if the entire family travels. When we go on vacation, we obviously can’t have a hotel room or vacation home approved for licensing, but as long as we’re all in the house together, and assuming it’s short term, then families can travel.)
If you have any questions about foster care that you would like for me to answer, please leave a comment or send me an email! I’m compiling additional questions to answer in one post at the end of this series!