Foster Children/Youth and Foster Families

Adopted May 2013 – Community Concerns Commission

The California State PTA believes stability is integral to a child’s quality of life and believes that even more than for other children, society has a responsibility, along with parents, for the well-being of children in foster care. Citizens are responsible for acting to ensure their welfare.

Every child in foster care is endowed with the rights inherently belonging to all children. In addition, because of the temporary or permanent separation from, and loss of, parents and other family members, the child requires special safeguards, resources, and care.

In order to facilitate the foster child’s inherent rights, the California State PTA believes that the foster family has the right:

  • To be treated with dignity, respect, trust and consideration as a primary provider of foster care and a member of the professional team caring for foster children;
  • To be provided a current explanation and understanding of the role of the Child Welfare department and the role of the members of the child’s birth family in the child’s foster care with updates as case plan evolves;
  • To continue their own family values and routines; that every effort will be made by the Child Welfare department to work with the foster parents to place a child who can participate in and benefit from established family customs and routines;
  • To be provided training and support by the Child Welfare department for the purpose of improving skills in providing daily care and meeting the special needs of the child in foster care;
  • To be provided training by the Child Welfare department for obtaining support and information concerning a better understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the foster parent(s);
  • To review, prior to placement, written information concerning the child and allow the foster parent(s) to assist in determining if such child would be a proper placement for the prospective foster family. For emergency placements where time does not allow prior review of such information, the Child Welfare department shall provide information as it becomes available;
  • To obtain all biographical and medical information on a child prior to or at the time of placement;
  • To refuse placement of a child in the foster home or request the removal of the child from the foster home without reprisal;
  • To obtain timely financial reimbursement;
  • To help plan visitation with a child’s parents and siblings;
  • To receive notice of Child Welfare department plans or court proceedings affecting a child’s placement;
  • To have priority consideration when a foster child becomes available for adoption, and;
  • To be provided a fair and timely investigation of foster home complaints and an ability to appeal decisions of the placement board.
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