Foster Families in NH seeking to be viewed as respected member of the child welfare team!
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- New Hampshire's children entering Foster Care are in crisis.
The number of children entering and remaining in foster care is steadily increasing, while the number of foster parents decrease daily.
Foster families take on the challenge and heavy responsibility when welcoming children into their homes.
Foster parents advocate for these children in many ways to ensure the children are safe, healthy and supported in every area of their lives.
Please show your support by signing the Foster Parent Bill of Rights petition. Our goal is to present the bill for approval of the Legislation.
Please support foster parents as they work to advocate for the best interest of the children in their care in collaboration with the Division of Children, Youth and Families.
- Please find a copy of the Foster Parent Bill of Rights attached below!
Thank you ~ Stephanie Sullivan Vice President of NH Foster Adoptive Parent Association
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of New Hampshire on
March 15, 2017 this Foster Parent Bill Of Rights
A Foster parent has:
1. The right to be considered as an equal member of the child's professional welfare team and treated with dignity and respect.
2. The right to actively participate in the development of the child’s education, behavioral, and treatment plans with reasonable notice to allow for attendance at educational and behavioral team meetings and medical appointments.
3. The right to be informed by the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, in a timely and consistent manner, of all pertinent information to be considered for the development of a permanency plan.
4. The right to written notice from the Division of Children, Youth, and Families of all policies and procedures of that relate to the role of the foster parent, including but not limited to the Foster Parent Bill of Rights and foster care licensing requirements (refer to Part He-C 6446 Foster family care Licensing Requirements).
5. The right to accept or refuse placement of a child and to request the removal of the child with two weeks notice to the Division of Children, Youth and Families.
6. The right to be considered first as the permanent parent(s) for a child in their care when placement with a relative not available or deemed inappropriate.
7. The right to information from the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, their contractors, or any placing agency, prior to placement of a child in a foster home, about any issues relative to the child that may jeopardize the health and safety of the foster family or alter the manner in which foster care is administered.
8. The right to reasonable notice of a child's appointments, visits, transportation needs, and all changes of such from the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, their contractors, or any placing agency.
9. The right to protection of any personal identifying or sensitive information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, and other identifying information from biological parents unless written authorization to disclose such information has been given.
10. The right to reasonable notice from Division of Children, Youth, and Families of all court proceedings, the right to attend such proceedings, and, at the discretion of the Court, the right to be heard.
11. The right to two weeks notice prior to the removal of a child in their care and the right to receive a written statement from the Division of Children, Youth, and Families articulating the reason(s) for the removal, unless the removal has been ordered by the Court or deemed necessary to ensure the safety of the child(ren).
12. The Division of Children, Youth, and Families and their contractors shall provide access to a fair and impartial grievance process to address licensure, case management decisions, and delivery of service issues. Foster parents shall have timely access to the child placement agency's appeals process, and shall be free from acts of retaliation when exercising the right to appeal.
13. The right to written notification from the Division of Children, Youth, and Families and their contractors of the rights enumerated in this section at the time of initial licensure and at each licensure renewal.
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