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20
Feb

Question: Do foster parents have any rights?  

Yes! Arizona is one of a minority of states in the country to have established a “Foster Parent Bill of Rights”. HB 2224, the “Foster Parent Bill of Rights” was signed into law on April 19, 2010.

HB 2224 establishes a Bill of Rights for foster parents that include being:

  • Treated with respect.
  • Included as a team member.
  • Provided with support services in a timely manner.
  • Included in the permanency plan.
  • Informed of all information regarding the child that will impact the foster home or family life during the care of the foster child.
  • Assured of the family’s safety.
  • Assisted with the grief of family loss and separation when a child leaves a foster home.
  • Informed of all agency policies and procedures that relate to the foster parent’s role.
  • Able to receive services and reach personnel on a 24/7 basis.
  • Granted a reasonable plan for relief from the role of foster parent.
  • Able to keep issues that arise in the foster home confidential.
  • Free from being discriminated against, per constitutional guidelines.
  • Given an evaluation of the foster parent’s performance.

(reference http://azafap.org/foster-parent-bill-of-rights/)

Foster parents do not have the ability to chose where the child in their care will end up or to speak into the case plan but they do have the ability to advocate for the child in their care and to help the child have a voice.

Thank you for your great question! If you have questions, send them to #youaskedfa or Kim@fosteraz.com

2 Responses

    1. KVehon

      The best step is to go up the chain. Contact the supervisor for the case manager and, if you do not get answers, move up to their supervisor. If you do not know who the people in the chain of command are, you can contact the warm line (The Foster Parent Warm Line is a resource for licensed foster parents who are experiencing situations and cannot reach the Department of Child Safety (DCS) case manager for the child in their care in a timely manner. By calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633), and selecting Option 3, licensed foster parents will be connected to a Warm Line representative. The Warm Line is staffed during business hours but messages may be left at any time of the day or night.) If you do not get the issue resolved through the DCS chain, you can contact the Ombudsman’s office. Here is some information on this: http://www.azoca.gov/child-safety-dcs/

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