Foster Parent Resource Center

Basic Rights of Foster Parents

Social worker Foster parents have the right to:

  • Be treated with consideration, respect for personal dignity, and privacy
  • Be included as a valued member of the service team
  • Receive support services that assist in the care of the client in their home including an open and timely response from agency personnel
  • Be informed of all information regarding the client that will impact their home or family life during the care of the foster child
  • Have input into the permanency plan for the child in their home
  • Have the right for their family to be considered first when issues of health and/or safety occur
  • Assistance in dealing with family loss and separation when a child leaves their home
  • Be informed of all agency policies and procedures related to their role as foster care giver
  • Receive training that will enhance their skills and ability to cope as foster care givers
  • Timely financial reimbursement
  • Say no to a placement or to have a child removed when absolutely necessary, without reprisal, unless you have a specific agreement with the agency, which indicates otherwise
  • Be informed of how to receive services and reach personnel on a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week basis
  • Be granted a reasonable plan for relief from the role of foster care giver
  • Confidentiality regarding issues that arise in their foster family home
  • Not be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, sex, national origins, age or physical handicap
  • Receive evaluation and feedback on their role of foster care giver
  • Right to view all legally available information placed in your provider record by staff immediately upon placement of the information in the record


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