Foster Parent Rights

You have the following rights:

  1. To accept or refuse the placement of a child.
  2. To be reimbursed the basic care rate in a timely manner for a foster child.
  3. To have a clear understanding of your role (as a foster parent) and of the Agency's role.
  4. To continue your own family patterns, routines, and values so long as these do not infringe on a foster child's rights.
  5. To have knowledge of those things concerning the foster child that will have a direct bearing on your daily living patterns, as well as any potential dangers from a foster child or his birth family.
  6. To have visitations between child and family which are reasonable and fair.
  7. To have knowledge of the appropriate appeal process in case of disagreement with the Agency.
  8. To be involved with the social worker in the ongoing planning for the foster child, especially in those areas which will affect your foster home.
  9. To have the support of the social worker and to be accorded dignity in all relationships with the Agency.
  10. To have the opportunity to grow professionally by participating in training courses offered by the Agency or other sources.
  11. To make decisions around the daily living situations of your foster child, such as permission to attend recreational activities, staying home from school with a sore throat, etc.
  12. To receive help from the social worker in locating and using appropriate resources to meet the child's needs.
  13. To be considered as a possible permanent placement for a child in the event the child is to be placed out of his own home permanently and relatives are not available.

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