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An assessment of prospective alternative care parent(s) parenting ability regarding a specific child shall take into account the following:

A. Motivation for application.

B. Characteristics and number of children best suited to family.

C. Existing relationships, attitudes and expectations regarding children and parent-child relationships, especially where such existing attitudes and relationships might effect the child.

D. Attitudes of members of the extended family regarding child placement.

E. Ability to accept and love a child as he or she is.

F. Capacity to absorb the child into family life functioning without undue disruption.

G. Capacity of parent(s) to provide for a child’s needs while giving proper consideration to other children.

H. Biological children’s attitudes towards accepting children.

I. Realistic assessment of various aspects of parenthood.

J. Personal characteristics necessary to provide continuity of care throughout a child’s need for placement.

K. Flexibility to meet changing needs over the course of placement.

L. Ability to relate to neglectful and abusive natural parent(s).

M. Ability to accept a child’s relationship with his or her own family, including extended family.

N. Ability, where appropriate, to care for children with special needs, i.e.: physical handicaps, emotional disturbances, etc.

O. Areas in which ongoing social work assistance may be needed.

P. Ability to help a child return home or be placed for adoption/permanency and gain satisfaction from the experience.