23. Rights of children in foster care. 6: Requires a provider of family foster care that places a child in a foster home to inform the child of his or her rights and to provide the child with a written copy of those rights. (10)  Permission to visit and have contact with family members, including siblings, as frequently as possible, consistent with the family service plan and the child's permanency plan, unless prohibited by court order, but no less than that prescribed by statute or regulation. To attend the child's court hearing and speak to the judge. (6)  Clothing that is clean, seasonal and age and gender appropriate. Copyright � California Welfare and Institutions Code §361.2 (k); California 2003 AB408. Secs. B. Involve them as team members in pre-placement activities and case planning as well as staffings and court proceedings. 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). 9. (a) All dependent, neglected and abused children in DSCYF custody under this chapter shall have the following rights in accordance with his or her age and developmental level, unless prohibited by Court order: (1) To be informed of the reason they have been placed in DSCYF custody. To have storage space for private use. 19. Establishes certain protections for the rights of youth in foster care, except for those in the custody of the Division of Youth Corrections or a state mental hospital. Declares legislative intent that children in foster care should have continuity of educational services, shall be assisted so that they remain in their schools, shall be placed in the least restrictive educational setting, and shall have the same access to academic resources, services and extracurricular activities as all other children. (10) The right to be given reasonable written notice of (i) any change in a child's case plan, (ii) plans to terminate the placement of the child with the foster parent, and (iii) the reasons for the change or termination in placement. You consent to the use of cookies if you use this website. Furthermore, any facility licensed to care for six or more children in foster care must post those rights in the form of posters provided by the State Foster Care Ombudsperson (Section 1530.91). To be free from physical, sexual, emotional, or other abuse, or corporal punishment. 7700 East First Place To enjoy individual dignity, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and the protection of their civil and legal rights as persons in the custody of the state. To make the application process as smooth as possible: 1. A group home administrator, a facility manager, or his or her responsible designee, and a caregiver shall take reasonable steps to determine the appropriateness of the activity in consideration of the child's age, maturity, and developmental level. To know why the child is in foster care and what will happen to the child and to the child's family, including siblings, and case plans. 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. Violations of the Children's Bill of Rights are handled exclusively by the Family Court. NCSL staff in Washington, D.C. track and analyze federal legislation and policy and represent state legislatures on child welfare issues before Congress and the Administration. You can claim your child, stepchild, adopted child, grandchild or great-grandchild. § 418.200 through § 418-202; 2013 SB 123, Act No. To participate in age appropriate child's service planning and permanency planning meetings and to be given a copy or summary of each service plan and service plan review. For emergency placements where time does not allow prior review of the information, the department shall provide the information within 72 hours of placement. (a) of Section 362.04, to determine day-to-day activities that are age-appropriate to meet the needs of the child. (See section on Complaints Against Foster Family Other Than Child Maltreatment.). To clothing that fits comfortably and is adequate to protect the child against natural elements such as rain, snow, wind, cold and sun. (10) Information on how to receive services and reach county or private agency personnel on a 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week basis. (11)  The contact information of the child's guardian ad litem, attorney, court-appointed special advocate and members of the integrated services planning team and the opportunity to contact those persons. 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; 10. 3. Each state and local entity shall ensure that private agencies that provide foster care services to dependent children have policies consistent with this section and that those agencies promote and protect the ability of dependent children to participate in age-appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities. Continuity of educational services to foster children. 15. (a) (1) Except as provided in subdivisions (b), (c), and (d), a foster parent may exercise, to the extent permitted by federal law, including, but not limited to, Section 300.30 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the rights related to his or her foster child's education that a parent has under Title 20 (commencing with Section 1400) of the United States Code and pursuant to Part 300 (commencing with Section 300.1) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Also remember that the foster parent's or group home's job is to supervise you and keep you safe and healthy. This includes, but is not limited to, all foster care polices, the Foster Parent Handbook, Foster Family Homes Minimum Standards, the Therapeutic Foster Care Manual, and a mediation process. (11) The right to be notified in a timely and complete manner of all court hearings, including notice of the date and time of the 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; and the right to intervene in court proceedings or to seek mandamus under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. To make and receive confidential telephone calls and send and receive unopened mail, unless prohibited by court order. Withholding visitation shall not be used as punishment. 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. 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. To training in personal care, hygiene and grooming. (6) Consultation with the resource family in the decision to release the resource family's address to the child's parent and to be informed prior to such information being shared with the child's parent. A petition is a request. You can apply as a General, Child Specific, or Relative/Kinship applicant, or you can be certified as a General, Child Specific, or Relative/Kinship foster … 5. Good care and treatment that meets my needs in the most family-like setting possible. (d) The commissioner shall include in each child’s plan of treatment information relating to the factors considered in making visitation determinations pursuant to this section. 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. I have the right: Family To receive an educational program which will maximize the child's potential; 14. To have a guardian ad litem appointed to represent, within reason, their best interests and, where appropriate, an attorney ad litem appointed to represent their legal interests; the guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem shall have immediate and unlimited access to the children they represent. Denver staff can be reached at (303) 364-7700 or childwelfare@ncsl.org. 2. 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. (B)  If any party, including the child, disagrees with the denial of the visits, the department shall file a motion for immediate review within five working days and the motion must include the specific reasons why visits are being denied; (6)  Receive notice of court hearings and if the child wishes to attend the hearings, to ensure that the child is transported to the court hearings; (7)  Have in-person contact with the child's assigned child welfare services worker; (8)  Have the ability to exercise the child's own religious beliefs, including the refusal to attend any religious activities and services; (9)  Have a personal bank account if requested, and assistance in managing the child's personal income consistent with the child's age and development, unless safety or other concerns require otherwise; (10)  Be able to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities; provided that if a child caring institution or resource caregiver authorizes the participation, it must be in accordance with the reasonable and prudent parenting standard, as defined in title 42 United States Code section 675(10)(A); (11)  Beginning at age twelve, be provided with age-appropriate life skills training and a transition plan for appropriately moving out of the foster care system which also includes reunification or other permanency, as well as written information concerning independent living programs, foster youth organizations, transitional planning services that are available to all children in foster care who are twelve years of age or older and their resource families; (12)  Have the right to be involved in developing a case plan and planning for the child's future, if the child is fourteen or older; (13)  If the child is fourteen or older, receive the child's credit report, free of charge, annually through the child's time in foster care - and to receive assistance with interpreting the report and resolving inaccuracies including, when feasible, assistance from the child's guardian ad litem; (14)  If the child has been in foster care for more than six months, and is aging out of care, receive assistance in obtaining certain personal records such as an official or certified copy of the child's United States birth certificate, a Social Security card issued by the Commissioner of Social Security, health insurance information, a copy of the child's medical records, or information to access the child's medical records, a driver's license or state identification card issued by the State in accordance with the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 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