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To have a placement plan, as required by law or regulation, that reflects the child's best interests and is designed to facilitate the permanent placement or return home of the child in a timely manner that is appropriate to the needs of the child;. To services of a high quality that are designed to maintain and advance the child's mental and physical well-being;.

To be represented in the planning and regular review of the child's case, including the placement and development of, or revisions to, any placement plan which is required by law or regulation and the provision of services to the child, the child's parents or legal guardian and the temporary caretaker, by a person other than the child's parent or legal guardian or temporary caretaker who will advocate for the best interests of the child and the enforcement of the rights established pursuant to this act, which person may be the caseworker, as appropriate, or a person appointed by the court, for this purpose;.

When a child requires care outside the family unit, it is the duty of the State to assure that the quality of substitute care is as close as possible to the care and nurturing that society expects of a family. However, the State recognizes there are instances when protecting a child's welfare outweighs reunifying the family unit, and as such, the care of residential care facilities providing high-quality services that include meeting the children's educational needs as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services can satisfy the standard of protecting a child's welfare, regardless of the child's age, particularly when the sibling groups can be kept intact.

To that end, the General Assembly promotes the following in the provision of foster care:. Requires the Department of Human Services to adopt rules to establish the Oregon Foster Children's Bill of Rights, provides for rights of complaint, provides for notice of placement, how to obtain a driver license, establish a bank account, obtain a credit report and how to obtain health care and mental health care, including services and treatments available without parental consent.

It defines corporal punishment as a form of physical discipline in which an individual is spanked, paddled or hit on any part of the body with a hand or instrument. It also provides for a grievance policy and procedure and provides that a copy of the grievance policy and procedure shall be given to the child.

If a child objects to a treatment plan, his or her objection shall be noted in the child's case record. In the absence of relatives, to have any kinship resource be considered as the preferred placement resource if the placement is consistent with the best interest of the child and the needs of other children in the kinship residence. The Children's Bill of Rights protects the legal and civil rights of all children in state care. Family Code Ann. Laws, HB , Chap. It further requires the department to promote participation of foster children and former foster children in educating other foster children about the Bill of Rights and in developing and implementing a policy for receiving and handling reports that the rights of a foster child are not being observed.

The Department of Human Resources shall ensure that each foster parent shall have all of the following rights:. When the department knows such information after placement, the department shall make that information available to the foster parent as soon as practicable. For emergency placements where time does not allow prior preparation of the explanation, the department shall provide such explanation within 72 hours.

Prior to placement, the department shall allow the foster parent to review a written summary of information concerning the child, including, but not limited to, assessments, evaluations, and case plans, and allow the foster parent to assist in determining if the child would be a proper placement for the prospective foster family. For emergency placements where time does not allow prior review of the information, the department shall provide the information within 72 hours of placement.

Confidential information shall be kept confidential by the foster parents, except as determined through the individualized service plan ISP process to promote the health and welfare of the child. All communications received by the volunteer advocate shall be in strict confidence. This notification may include, but is not limited to, notice of the date and time of the court hearing, the name of the judge or hearing officer assigned to the case, the guardian ad litem, the location of the hearing, and the court docket number.

The notification shall be made upon receipt of this information by the department. Although not a party to the case, the foster parent may attend court hearings at the discretion of the judge. The foster parent shall provide reasonable notice of a request for respite. A written notification of any report in which a finding is not indicated on the county level shall be provided to a foster parent within five days of the findings. The foster parent may request mediation in accordance with any mediation policy adopted by the department and the Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Board without threat of reprisal.

To be treated with consideration and respect for the foster parent's personal dignity and privacy. To receive support services that assist the foster parent to care for the child in the foster home, including open and timely responses from agency personnel. To be informed of all information regarding the child that will impact the foster home or family life during the care of the foster child. To have placement information kept confidential when it is necessary to protect the foster parent and the members of the foster parent's household.

To be assisted in dealing with family loss and separation when a child leaves the foster home. To be informed of all agency policies and procedures that relate to the foster parent's role as a foster parent. To receive training that will enhance the foster parent's skills and ability to cope as a foster parent.

To be able to receive services and reach personnel on a twenty-four hour, seven days per week basis. To not be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age or physical handicap. This section does not establish any legally enforceable right or cause of action on behalf of any person. Foster Parent Handbook. Involve them as team members in pre-placement activities and case planning as well as staffings and court proceedings.

Ensure they have a clear understanding of their role as well as the role of other team members in achieving case goals. Promptly inform them of any complaint against their home or of any condition or problem in the home which adversely affects their status as foster parents and provide guidance and support toward resolution of the condition or problem. Provide access to a internal review of adverse action procedure when differences arise with DCFS which have not been resolved to their satisfaction see section on Internal Review of Adverse Action Involving Foster Parents. The foster parent may represent the foster child for the duration of the foster parent-foster child relationship in matters relating to identification, assessment, instructional planning and development, educational placement, reviewing and revising an individualized education program, if necessary, and in all other matters relating to the provision of a free appropriate public education of the child.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, this representation shall include the provision of written consent to the individualized education program, including nonemergency medical services, mental health treatment services, and occupational or physical therapy services pursuant to this chapter. Child abuse and neglect investigations shall be investigated pursuant to Division of Family and Children Services policies and procedures, and any removal of a foster child shall be conducted pursuant to those policies and procedures.

The Division of Family and Children Services will permit volunteers with the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia to be educated concerning the procedures relevant to investigations of alleged abuse and neglect and the rights of accused foster parents. After such training, a volunteer will be permitted to serve as an advocate for an accused foster parent. All communication received by the advocate in this capacity shall be strictly confidential. Inherent in this right is the foster parent's responsibility to support activities that will promote the child's right to relationships with his or her own family and cultural heritage.

Disclosure of information concerning the child's family shall be limited to that information that is essential for understanding the needs of and providing care to the child in order to protect the rights of the child's family. When a positive relationship exists between the foster parent and the child's family, the child's family may consent to disclosure of additional information. The notice shall be waived only in cases of a court order or when the child is determined to be at imminent risk of harm.

Enacts a foster parents bill of rights. Provides foster parents with the rights to information about the child, regularly scheduled meetings with case managers, and receipt of reports prepared by service providers regarding the child, unless access to such. Foster parents who contract directly with the cabinet shall have the following rights:.

Foster parents shall be entitled to the following rights granted to them by the Department of Children and Family Services:. This right includes the right to uniform treatment throughout the state by the department in the providing of information to foster parents and in ensuring the exercise of the rights granted to foster parents.

Information provided to foster parents by the department shall include written information explaining the rights and duties of foster parents, and a record shall be kept by the department showing the signatures of the foster parents acknowledging receipt of this information. Information shall include the case plan and the health, medical, educational, legal, and social history as known to the Department of Children and Family Services to better meet the needs of children in their care. This includes information concerning participation as foster caregivers in legal and administrative actions as authorized by law.

Family Law Code Ann. The purposes of this act are all of the following:. All discipline shall be consistent with state laws and regulations. The children's division shall allow foster parents to help plan visitation between the child and the child's siblings or biological family. Visitations should be scheduled at a time that meets the needs of the child, the biological family members, and the foster family whenever possible.

Recognizing that visitation with family members is an important right of children in foster care, foster parents shall be flexible and cooperative with regard to family visits. Recognizing that cultural competence can be learned, the children's division and their contractors shall provide foster parents with training that specifically addresses cultural needs of children, including but not limited to, information on skin and hair care, information on any specific religious or cultural practices of the child's biological family, and referrals to community resources for ongoing education and support.

Foster parents shall use discipline methods which are consistent with children's division policy. Be treated with dignity, respect, and consideration as a professional member of the child welfare team;. Be notified of and be given appropriate, ongoing education and continuing education and training to develop and enhance foster parenting skills;.

Be informed about ways to contact the state agency or the child-placing agency in order to receive information and assistance to access supportive services for any child in the foster parent's care;. Be notified of any costs or expenses for which the foster parent may be eligible for reimbursement;. Be provided a clear, written explanation of the individual treatment and service plan concerning the child in the foster parent's home, listing components of the plan pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Children's Code; 1.

Receive, at any time during which a child is placed with the foster parent, additional or necessary information that is relevant to the care of the child;. Be notified of scheduled review meetings, permanency planning meetings, and special staffing concerning the foster child in order to actively participate in the case planning and decision-making process regarding the child;.

Provide input concerning the plan of services for the child and to have that input be given full consideration in the same manner as information presented by any other professional on the team;.

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Communicate with other foster parents in order to share information regarding the foster child. In particular, receive any information concerning the number of times a foster child has been moved and the reasons why, and the names and telephone numbers of the previous foster parent if the previous foster parent has authorized such release;.

Communicate with other professionals who work with the foster child within the context of the team including, but not limited to, therapists, physicians, and teachers;. Be given, in a timely and consistent manner, any information regarding the child and the child's family which is pertinent to the care and needs of the child and to the making of a permanency plan for the child.

Disclosure of information shall be limited to that information which is authorized by the provisions of Chapter VI of the Oklahoma Children's Code for foster parents;. Be given reasonable notice of any change in or addition to the services provided to the child pursuant to the child's individual treatment and service plan;. The notice shall be waived only in emergency cases pursuant to Section of this title;.

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Be notified by the applicable state agency in a timely and complete manner of all court hearings, including notice of the date and time of any court hearing, the name of the judge or hearing officer hearing the case, the location of the hearing, and the court docket number of the case;. Be informed of decisions made by the court, the state agency or the child-placing agency concerning the child;. Be considered as a preferred placement option when a foster child who was formerly placed with the foster parent is to reenter foster care at the same level and type of care if that placement is consistent with the best interest of the child and other children in the home of the foster parent;.

Be provided a fair, timely, and impartial investigation of complaints concerning the certification of the foster parent;. Be provided the opportunity to request and receive a fair and impartial hearing regarding decisions that affect certification retention or placement of children in the home;. Have timely access to the appeals process of the state agency and child placement agency and the right to be free from acts of harassment and retaliation by any other party when exercising the right to appeal;.

The Department of Human Services and a child-placing agency under contract with the Department shall be responsible for implementing this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to create a private right of action or claim on the part of any individual, the Department, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or any child-placing agency. The information shall include complete access to written reports, psychological evaluations and diagnoses that relate solely to a foster child placed in the home of the foster parent provided that confidential information given to a foster parent must be kept confidential by the foster parent, except as necessary to promote or to protect the health and welfare of the foster child and the community.

Within a reasonable amount of time, the agency shall also provide information to the resource family concerning the educational history, life experiences and previous and prospective placement circumstances of the child. The provision of confidentiality shall not interfere with the safety of the child. The agency shall not discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against a resource family for an appropriate inquiry regarding the decisions or practices of an agency that affects a child residing with the resource family.

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Foster Parent Rights Act: a To the extent not otherwise prohibited by state or federal statute, the department shall, through the promulgation of rules in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, implement each of the following tenets. With respect to the placement of any foster child with a foster parent that is contracted directly with the department of children's services, or through an agency that contracts with the department to place children in foster care, pursuant to this part.

The Board shall adopt regulations for the provision of foster care services by local boards, which shall be directed toward the prevention of unnecessary foster care placements and towards the immediate care of and permanent planning for children in the custody of or placed by local boards and that shall achieve, as quickly as practicable, permanent placements for such children.

In cases in which a child cannot be returned to his prior family or placed for adoption and kinship care is not currently in the best interests of the child, the local board shall consider the placement and services that afford the best alternative for protecting the child's welfare. Placements may include but are not limited to family foster care, treatment foster care and residential care. Services may include but are not limited to assessment and stabilization, diligent family search, intensive in-home, intensive wraparound, respite, mentoring, family mentoring, adoption support, supported adoption, crisis stabilization or other community-based services.

The agreement shall include at a minimum a Code of Ethics and mutual responsibilities for all parties to the agreement. NOTE: this provision was edited for brevity. See full provision for more. Every local board and licensed child-placing agency shall, with respect to each child placed by it in a foster home or children's residential facility, enter into a written agreement contained in an approved foster care policy with the head of such home or facility, which agreement shall provide that the authorized representatives of the local board or agency shall have access at all times to such child and to the home or facility, and that the head of the home or facility will release custody of the child so placed to the authorized representatives of the local board or agency whenever, in the opinion of the local board or agency, or in the opinion of the Commissioner, it is in the best interests of the child.

Foster parents have the right to be free of coercion, discrimination, and reprisal in serving foster children, including the right to voice grievances about treatment, furnished or not furnished to the foster child. The Denver-based child welfare project staff focuses on state policy, tracking legislation and providing research and policy analysis, consultation, and technical assistance specifically geared to the legislative audience. Denver staff can be reached at or childwelfare ncsl. Staff in D. Foster Care Bill of Rights. In an emergency situation, the cabinet shall provide information as soon as it is available;.

A child in foster care has the following rights: 1. To go to school and receive an education that fits the child's age and individual needs. To training in personal care, hygiene and grooming. To healthy foods in healthy portions that are appropriate for the child's age. To attend the child's court hearing and speak to the judge. To be free of unnecessary or excessive medication. To understand and have a copy of the rights listed in this section. Laws, HB , Act To live in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home where he or she is treated with respect.

To be free from physical, sexual, emotional, or other abuse, or corporal punishment. To receive medical, dental, vision, and mental health services. To visit and contact brothers and sisters, unless prohibited by court order. To attend religious services and activities of his or her choice. To attend court hearings and speak to the judge. To have storage space for private use.

To be free from unreasonable searches of personal belongings. To confidentiality of all juvenile court records consistent with existing law. Code tit. Provides the following rights for children in "shelter or foster care:" 1. To be heard by the court, if appropriate, at all review hearings. Hawaii Rev. Shall have family and relatives explored first as potential placement providers. Shall have reasonable access to a caseworker who makes case plan decisions.

Reasonable access shall include the social worker and supervisor's office telephone numbers and email addresses as well as, a minimum, monthly visits by a social worker. Shall participate in the development and review of the service plan and have input into changes to the plan that affect permanence, safety, stability or well being. Youth age 14 and older should also be presented with the service plan for their review and signature.

Shall be included in the Foster Care Review meeting, Permanency Hearing and Lead Agency Team meeting if age 14 and older, unless documented by court order or service plan that participation would be detrimental to the youth. Shall be provided with information about a foster family or program and, whenever possible, Shall have an opportunity to meet the foster parent or program staff before placement occurs.

Shall live with a family and in placement settings that provide a safe and nurturing environment while supporting permanency, and well being, including encouraging youth's goals, interests, social and school activities. Shall have involvement as appropriate with family members and should participate in the development of visitation plans. Shall be treated as a family member and, whenever possible, be included in a foster family's activities, holidays and rituals and be able to freely discuss reason s with social worker and foster family if choosing to not participate.

Shall have access to medical, dental, vision, mental and behavioral health services regularly and more often as needed. Shall have access to information contained in medical, dental, and educational records held by DCF as well as personal documents such as social security card, birth certificate, green card, etc. When youth leave DCF, they Shall be given copies of medical, dental and educational records held by DCF and original social security card, birth certificate, and green card.

Shall have the opportunity to have private conversations with social worker on a regular basis. Foster youth should also be made aware of the process for contacting the supervisor and attorney regarding any questions or concerns. Shall be informed of the names and phone numbers of assigned attorneys and be aware that they can contact their attorneys and that there is a process to request a change of attorneys. Shall have access to personal possessions, personal space and privacy with allowance for safety.

Shall receive assistance in acquiring life skills, education, training and career guidance to accomplish personal goals and prepare for the future and be informed of the post-secondary educational and employment supports available to youth in care through the Department. Shall be informed that DCF provides clothing, birthday and holiday payments to foster parents and placement providers for youth in placement.

SB Chapter Establishes a Bill of Rights for children in foster care; provides a guide for the Department of Health and Human Services staff, foster parents, and providers in the delivery of care and services to youth in out of home placement; provides that these Rights provide a voice to be taken into consideration when decisions are made by the courts, Department staff, and providers. Lists the following rights for children placed outside their home: 1.

To placement outside his home only after the applicable department has made every reasonable effort, including the provision or arrangement of financial or other assistance and services as necessary, to enable the child to remain in his home; 2. To the best efforts of the applicable department, including the provision or arrangement of financial or other assistance and services as necessary, to place the child with a relative; 3. To the best efforts of the applicable department, including the provision or arrangement of financial or other assistance and services as necessary, to place the child in an appropriate setting in his own community; 4.

To the best efforts of the applicable department to place the child in the same setting with the child's sibling if the sibling is also being placed outside his home; 5. To visit with the child's parents or legal guardian immediately after the child has been placed outside his home and on a regular basis thereafter, and to otherwise maintain contact with the child's parents or legal guardian, and to receive assistance from the applicable department to facilitate that contact, including the provision or arrangement of transportation as necessary; 6.

To visit with the child's sibling on a regular basis and to otherwise maintain contact with the child's sibling if the child was separated from his sibling upon placement outside his home, including the provision or arrangement of transportation as necessary; 7. To placement in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the child's needs and conducive to the health and safety of the child; 8. To be free from physical or psychological abuse and from repeated changes in placement before the permanent placement or return home of the child; 9.

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To have regular contact with any caseworker assigned to the child's case who is employed by the applicable department or any agency or organization with which the applicable department contracts to provide services and the opportunity, as appropriate to the age of the child, to participate in the planning and regular review of the child's case, and to be informed on a timely basis of changes in any placement plan which is prepared pursuant to law or regulation and the reasons therefore in terms and language appropriate to the child's ability to understand; To have a placement plan, as required by law or regulation, that reflects the child's best interests and is designed to facilitate the permanent placement or return home of the child in a timely manner that is appropriate to the needs of the child; To services of a high quality that are designed to maintain and advance the child's mental and physical well-being; To be represented in the planning and regular review of the child's case, including the placement and development of, or revisions to, any placement plan which is required by law or regulation and the provision of services to the child, the child's parents or legal guardian and the temporary caretaker, by a person other than the child's parent or legal guardian or temporary caretaker who will advocate for the best interests of the child and the enforcement of the rights established pursuant to this act, which person may be the caseworker, as appropriate, or a person appointed by the court, for this purpose; To receive an educational program which will maximize the child's potential; To receive adequate, safe and appropriate food, clothing and housing; To receive adequate and appropriate medical care; and To be free from unwarranted physical restraint and isolation.

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