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From Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

You have the right to…

•  Have parenting time with your child(ren), unless the court orders
otherwise. You can see your child(ren) at least once every seven days at a
place and time arranged by you and your foster care worker.

• Have an attorney. If you cannot pay for an attorney, the court will arrange
for one to be provided for you.

• Admit or deny the allegations against you. Your attorney will help you
understand your choices.

• Be notified about and attend all court hearings.

• Have an interpreter if you cannot speak or understand English, or if you are deaf.

• Have reasonable accommodations made for you to attend hearings if you
have a disability.

• Understand what you must do before your child(ren) can return home. (In
some serious cases, there may not be a plan for your child(ren) to return home.)

• Request and receive copies of all CPS and foster care reports.

• Receive services to help you correct the problems that caused your
child(ren) to be placed in foster care.

• Be included in important decisions regarding your child(ren)’s care, such
as your child(ren)’s medical treatment, education, religious training, etc.

• Be involved in the regular medical and dental care of your child(ren) and
approve any surgery that your child(ren) need.

• Send and receive mail from your child(ren).

• Have your concerns or complaints listened to and responded to by the DHS
representatives (such as CPS worker, foster care worker, supervisors).






Parents’ Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to . . .
• Correct the problems that caused your child(ren) to be placed in foster

• Keep your scheduled parenting time so you do not disappoint your

• Provide information that will help care for your child(ren), such as
your child(ren)’s medical history, including any illnesses, accidents and
immunizations, sleeping and eating habits, favorite toys.

• Keep all scheduled appointments with your foster care worker and other
people involved in your case.

• Report any changes in your address and phone number to your foster care
worker and your attorney.

• Participate in school conferences and other meetings that concern your
child(ren), whenever possible.

• Share your concerns. Let your foster care worker or attorney know if you
do not understand what is happening or if you have a complaint.