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Your Journey: Health and Safety

Additional Needs for Home Study Preparation: Building Blocks for Success

Welcome to the next pit stop on your journey! We're thrilled to begin laying the foundation for your home study, a crucial step in the roadmap to becoming a foster parent. Get ready to gather the necessary documents and complete appointments, ensuring a smooth ride toward licensure.

Think of these documents as the building blocks of your foster care journey, each one playing a vital role in shaping your future as a foster parent. From medical reports to background checks, we'll help you navigate every step of the way, just like expertly maneuvering through a construction zone.

While some paperwork may feel like navigating a maze, rest assured, your FHAS is here to guide you through. Think of us as your GPS, providing turn-by-turn directions and offering support whenever you need it.

Your commitment to completing these tasks promptly will help us expedite the home study process, getting you one step closer to opening your heart and home to a child in need. Remember, every document you gather is a milestone reached, bringing you closer to making a difference in a child's life.

If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to ensure your journey to becoming a foster parent is as smooth and rewarding as possible.

Thank you for entrusting us with this part of your journey. Together, let's build a brighter future for children in Tennessee.

Health & Safety Checklist

TN DCS Medical Self-report: This report is completed by/for everyone living in the household, regardless of age, and provides information about your health history and any ongoing medical conditions.

TB Skin Test: All household members (applicants and their children) must undergo a TB skin test. Check with your health department, minute clinics, or doctor's office for completion.

Medical Matters: Download the applicable forms for your household and have them completed by a medical professional. Ensure one form is completed for each individual in the home. Submit completed forms to your FHAS. 

HIPAA Hooray: Celebrate privacy with the TN DCS HIPAA form (CS-0699) for every adult aged 18+ living in the home.

Life-Saving Skills: Obtain CPR/First Aid & AED certification for infant, child, and adult care.

Medical Mastery: Secure your TN DCS MRI (Medical Resources & Information) Certificate to navigate health care with confidence.

Home Study Preparation Checklist

Picture Perfect: Snap a family photo (pets included) to capture the love and warmth of your future home. 

Exterior Showcase: Take pictures of your home's front and back to show off its cozy charm.

Interior Snapshot: Capture every nook and cranny of your home, including bathrooms, to showcase its welcoming atmosphere.

Fire Safety: Share your fire evacuation plan and ensure emergency contacts are readily available.

Practice Checklist: Review this Practice Home Safety Checklist to prepare your home for the official walkthrough.

Completing these documents and appointments is crucial for the home study process. Your Foster Home Acquisition Specialist (FHAS) will guide you through each step and provide further instructions as needed.

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