Ways to Maintain Day-to-Day Communication with Parents

The following strategies were developed and tried by fellow Texas caregivers.

  • Calling or texting parents with small and large milestones or updates about their child 
  • Providing support or resources for the parents themselves (e.g., lactation cookies, transportation, etc.)
  • Bringing physical pictures, photo albums, toys, or artwork made by the child to visits 
  • Bringing their own children to visits so that the parents can meet and interact with them
  • Allowing the parents to bring their own gifts for the children and the caregiver’s bio children in some cases
  • Inviting parents to school functions (e.g., meet the teacher night, open house, etc.) and doctor’s appointments
  • Sharing school or academic information (e.g., report cards, field trips, etc.)
  • Involving the parent in birthday or other holiday celebration planning 
  • Helping parents learn and navigate medical information about their child by explaining what things mean
  • Making an extra effort to talk to the parents and family members whenever they can by saying hello at visits
  • Giving parents the opportunity to speak with caregivers privately 
  • Asking parents about their communication preferences and what they would like to know about the caregivers 
  • Inviting the parents to their home and hosting them as they would any other guest (check with your CPA per DFPS policies) 
  • Sharing food recipes that the child liked while in your care
  • Sharing favorite television shows, restaurants, outings, etc.  
  • Asking parents about hygiene or hair routines and other daily caregiving tasks for the child
  • Asking parents about their culture and observing the holidays they have
  • Putting in the extra effort to engage other family members (e.g., aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc.) 
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