Foster Parent Rights

When people decide to be foster parents, with the decision comes rights and responsibilities. The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services has enumerated a number of these rights:

  • To be treated as part of the child welfare team
  • To ensure the well-being of their family
  • To receive proper training and support
  • To receive reimbursement for covering the basic needs of the children in their care
  • To receive children’s medical cards and arrange for their medical care
  • To receive relevant information about children prior to placement
  • To refuse placement of a child in their home
  • To advocate on a child’s behalf for needed services
  • To request the removal of a child from their home when it is necessary for the safety or well-being of the child or other parties
  • To communicate with any educational or medical professionals working with a child
  • To assist in planning visits with the birth family
  • To enroll children in activities

You can learn more about the rights and responsibilities of a foster parent here.