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).
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.