The juvenile court is required to review juvenile dependency matters at least every six months and the court shall provide the following persons notice of the review and the right to participate in the proceeding:
The above foster parent rights do not establish any legally enforceable right or cause of action on behalf of any person. Being a foster parent of a child does not make you a party to the case. The Judge has the ability to close hearings but only if it is in the best interest of the child or for privacy issues/concerns.
If you are concerned and feel that you are not being heard on important matters, you may want to file a “Notice of Right to Participate” with the juvenile clerk of the court.
The Notice of Right to Participate must be filed with the clerk of the court who will stamp the Notice with the date. That stamped date is the date of filing. The stamped Notice of Right to Participate must then be mailed to everyone involved with the case.
At Kile & Kupiszewski we have over 20 years of experience in the area of juvenile dependency law representing parents, grandparents, relatives and foster parents. Having a child in foster care is emotionally difficult for everyone involved. Our juvenile law team knows the child welfare system and can guide you through the process. Call today at 480-348-1590 to discuss your matter and explore your legal options.
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