Foster Care Form Instructions

Instructions for Use of ALDF’s Sample Forms

Foster Care Application and Foster Care Agreement

Purpose

Animal shelters and other animal protection organizations may gain temporary custody of animals who are the subjects of court cases or who have been rescued from natural disasters or other unfortunate circumstances. Shelters without the resources to house large numbers of animals can adapt and use these forms as part of a foster care program to establish temporary foster homes for the animals.

Foster Care Application

This form is the application for someone to be a foster caregiver and contains their personal background information. As such it should be treated as a highly confidential document. Use the completed form as a basis for a personal conversation with the applicant regarding his/her abilities and intentions for care of the animal.

  1. Fill in the bold areas on the first page and the state(s) at the end of the document.
  2. Make any changes applicable to your circumstances and state laws.
  3. Make copies of the form.
  4. Have foster care applicant fill out and sign one application.
  5. Keep the completed forms on file in a secure, fireproof place.

Foster Care Agreement

This form is your legal contract with a foster care applicant regarding each animal to be fostered.

  1. Fill in the bold areas on the first page and the state(s) at the end of the document.
  2. Make any changes applicable to your circumstances and state laws.
  3. Make copies of the form.
  4. Have foster care applicant fill out and sign one agreement per animal to be fostered.
  5. Have your authorized shelter representative sign and date it, then make a copy.
  6. Keep the original completed forms on file in a protected, fireproof place and give the copy to the applicant.

Important Note

As you might guess, many people will not agree to be foster caregivers if they think there is a chance their information will be released to a defendant in a criminal cruelty case. You need to be able to assure them that you understand that the Foster Care Application contains personal information and should be kept confidential! If a court defendant or other person or attorney asks to see or to receive a copy of a Foster Care Application, never agree to just hand it over. One alternative is to suggest that you instead provide them with a copy of the Foster Care Agreement, which does not contain any personal information of the applicant, except for his/her name, which can be easily redacted before you provide the document. Otherwise, it is a privacy issue to be resolved by the courts

Disclaimer

ALDF does not guarantee that these forms will comply with your state’s laws, so you should call your local attorney or ALDF if you need further legal advice in this regard. Disclaimer: ALDF does not guarantee that these forms will comply with your state’s laws, so please have your local attorney review your adapted forms before using them. ALDF is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims, all liability for damages of any kind arising out of the use of these forms.

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