THE NATIONAL FOSTER CHILDREN’S BILL OF RIGHTS

As a child, a ward of the government and as an American citizen, you are protected by the people of the United States of America, by our laws, by our courts and by our government.

You should be aware that you have specific rights while you are in foster care. Those rights are as follows:

-You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live in dignity and self-respect.

- No one has the right to harm you, to strike you or to commit physical violence upon you. If anyone harms you, strikes you or commits physical violence upon you, you have a right to discuss this abuse with your caseworker, your foster care provider, teachers or police officers. You cannot and will not be punished or harmed further for discussing the abuse with these people.

-You have the right to live in a foster home that is safe, comfortable and healthy.

-You have a right to practice your religion, no matter what that religion might be. You also have a right not to be forced to practice any religion.

-You have the right to attend all court hearings that concern you.

-You have the right to be represented in court by an Attorney. The government will pay the attorney to represent you.

-You have a right to meet with your caseworker at least once a month.

-The information you share with your casework about your placement is confidential. That is, your caseworker is forbidden by law to discuss your conversations beyond people with a need to know.

-You have a right to visit your family. That right cannot not be taken from you and it is illegal to threaten you with taking that right from you.

-You have the right to be placed with a relative as an alternative to foster home care.

-You have a right to live with your siblings, meaning your brothers and sisters.

-You have the right to live in a foster home as opposed to a group home.

-You have a right to participate in any plan for your benefit and future.

-You have the right to be provided with adequate and nourishing food, shelter and clothing.

-You have a right to your own belongings. You have a right to keep any money you have earned or been given.

-You cannot be forced to take medication that has not been prescribed by a doctor and that has the prior approval of your caseworker.

-You have the right to receive confidential phone calls and to have your mail come to you unopened.

-At the proper age, you have the right to participate in an Independent Living Skills Program.

-You have the right to file a complaint about the type of care you are receiving from your caregivers or your caseworker.

-You have the right to prompt medical treatment.

-You have the right to speak to a counselor or therapist if you feel the need.

-You cannot be taken out of foster care without a hearing before the proper authorities.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Sad stats

According to the Casey Foundation, 12 to 18 months after leaving foster care

27% of the male and 10% of the female leaving the foster care system will be incarcerated.

Eighty percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

According to the Casey Foundation, 12 to 18 months after leaving foster care

27% of the male and 10% of the female leaving the foster care system will be incarcerated.


Eighty percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sad stats

According to the Casey Foundation, 12 to 18 months after leaving foster care 27% of the male and 10% of the female leaving the foster care system will be incarcerated.  Eighty percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

Foster Stats

• Approximately 75% of children in foster care work below grade level
• Approximately 50% complete high school
• Of those, approximately 15% attend college
• Of those, approximately 1% attend graduate school
(Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, 2004)

• 51% are unemployed
• 40% are on public assistance
• 25% become homeless
• 20% are incarcerated at least once
(Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, 2004)