During the licensing process, prospective foster parents may indicate their preferences regarding the ages and sex of their future foster children. At that time, the licensing social worker will check the foster parent's home to determine whether the physical design and layout of the home can accommodate the preferences expressed by the foster parents. For example, if the applicant expresses a preference for placement of children under the age of 10 years, the licensing social worker would check to ensure the home is safe for young children by making sure there is a fence around the swimming pool or Jacuzzi, etc.
Placement social workers coordinate with licensed foster parents to try and match foster children with the foster families best suited to meet a specific child or sibling groups' needs. Placement social workers also try to honor the preference expressed by foster parents regarding the ages and sex of the foster children they would prefer to accept.
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