Rights and Responsibilities of Foster Parent   

Foster parents are the core of any foster family program. As distinguished team members, foster parents have specific Rights and Responsibilities:

Foster Parent Responsibilities Include:

Providing temporary care for children, helping each to feel accepted and secure;
Providing guidance, discipline, a good example and as many positive life experiences as possible;
Encouraging and supervising school attendance, participating in teacher conferences, and keeping the child’s agency worker informed about any special educational needs;
Working with the agency in arranging for a child’s regular and/or special medical and dental care;
Assisting a child in achieving his/her permanency goal;
Understanding the goals and purposes of parent-child visits;
Helping a child to adjust emotionally to the stress of separation and placement;
Informing the child’s agency worker promptly about any problems that arise or service that is needed.

Note: More detailed explanations will be provided in the pre-service training and are outlined in the foster parent agreement, which must be signed per-certification.

Foster Parent Rights Include:

Accepting or rejecting a child for placement in the foster home;
Participating with the Agency in pre-placement planning, whenever possible;
Limiting the number of foster children that can be placed in the foster home;
Expecting regular visits from the child’s agency worker for the purpose of mutual exchange of information and joint planning efforts;
Receiving agency-wide support on behalf of the effort that is made to care for a child;
Requesting a clinical evaluation, when indicated, for any child to be placed or already placed in the foster home;
Agency recognition of the foster parent’s personal privacy;
Being included in all agency planning that concerns the future of each foster child living in the foster home;
Receiving pertinent information on each child who is to be placed in the foster home;
Having the opportunity to learn about all agency policies and procedures that have relevance for foster parents;
Having the opportunity to participate in training programs for foster parents;
Receiving agency help promptly, if requested, for any special needs or crisis that arise;
Having the opportunity to file and discuss any complaints and disagreements with the agency without fear of reprisal;
Having the agency give preference over all other applicants to a foster parent’s application to adopt a child who have been continuously in care with them for at least 12 months;
Notification and the right to participate in any Family Court review hearing on a child placed voluntarily who has been in the foster home continuously for a period of 12 months or longer.