Foster Parent Kinship Caregiver FAQs

Vaccines that come from a single dosage vial contain no added mercury. Shots that come from multiple dose vials do contain a trace of chemical preservative but the amount is inconsequential.

Yes, the DCYF caseworker is required to conduct an unannounced visit with caregivers in 10% of randomly selected homes. This random selection is generated in FamLink.

Yes, not only is it safe, it could save you or your baby’s life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends a flu shot for pregnant women. The flu shot is made with inactivated (killed) virus. Pregnant women should not receive the nasal-spray flu vaccine, which is made with live (weakened) virus.

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can cause death. Influenza is not a cold. Influenza usually comes on suddenly. People who have Influenza often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to two weeks. Some people can develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of influenza.

Infants and small children are more vulnerable to influenza and can become seriously ill. They can get pneumonia, bronchiolitis and are more likely to die from the flu. 

Anyone can get influenza (even healthy people), and serious problems related to influenza can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious complications. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

Getting the flu shot makes it less likely that you’re going to get the flu, and it makes it less likely that people in your family and community are going to get the flu. 

There are many strains of the flu. Sometimes the vaccine doesn’t target all of the current strains, but it can protect you from other strains, reduce the chance of hospitalizations and death. Getting vaccinated every year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.

Review the back of the document for instructions and examples on how to complete the form and information about Child Specific Mileage. The form also provides information on transportation that we do not reimburse. Make sure to complete all areas on the form. If you are unsure about an item, check with the child’s worker, or a Foster Parent Liaison. Always keep a copy of your signed form, in case there are questions or if your payment is delayed.

You can be reimbursed for allowable mileage by completing the Caregiver Monthly Mileage form (DCYF 07-090) and submitting it to the child’s worker. A copy of this form is contained in your Caregiver Placement Packet, or you can request one from the child’s worker, or you can find it online. It helps to make several copies of the form to keep on hand. Submit your mileage to the child’s worker each month for timely reimbursement. Per DCYF administrative policy, mileage submitted after 90 days will not be reimbursed.

If you have not received your mileage reimbursement within 30 days, contact your child’s assigned worker to confirm they received and processed the form. If you are not able to contact the worker, please ask the receptionist to connect you with the worker’s supervisor. Let them know it’s been more than 30 days since the worker received the form and you have not yet been reimbursed.

Mileage is reimbursable for transporting children to parent or sibling visits, medical, dental, counseling or WIC appointments as well as other needs specified in the case plan for the child. Regular transportation to and from school is not reimbursable, unless there is a need and plan to maintain the child’s educational stability, or to attend school-related extracurricular activities. If you have questions about allowable mileage, review the Caregiver Monthly Mileage form, or consult with the child’s worker.

Beginning January 2015, the reimbursement rate for mileage is .575 per mile. Periodically the rate will change, based on instructions from the state’s Office of Financial Management (OFM). Watch the Caregiver Connection for notice about changes, or check the Foster Parent web page for the current rate.