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Participation in a DCS Case by Foster Parents and Relatives

Participation in a Department of Child Safety (DCS) Case:

The Right to Participate in Juvenile Court Dependency Proceedings

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:

  • Foster parents in whose home the child resided within the last six months or resides at present unless that placement was a receiving or home or less than 10 days in duration. DCS is required to provide the foster parents information to the court so the foster parent can receive notice of the hearings.
  • The child’s parents unless their rights were terminated.
  • The child, if twelve years of age or older.
  • Grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers or sisters of whole or half blood, aunts, uncles or first cousins.
  • A physical custodian of the child within the preceding six months.
  • Any person who has filed a petition to adopt the child.

Foster parents are provided the following rights:

  1. To be treated with consideration and respect
  2. To be included as a valued member of the team that provides services to the foster child.
  3. To receive support services.
  4. To receive all information regarding the child that will impact the foster home or family life during the care of the foster child.
  5. To contribute to the permanency plan for the child.
  6. To have placement information kept confidential.
  7. To be informed of all agency policies and procedures that relate to the foster parent’s role as a foster parent.
  8. To receive training that will enhance the foster parent’s skills and ability to cope as a foster parent.
  9. To be able to receive services.
  10. To confidentiality regarding issues that arise in the foster home.
  11. To not be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age or physical handicap.
  12. To receive an evaluation on the foster parent’s performance.

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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