Resource Parents’ Rights

From: Oklahoma Statutes Citationized
Title 10A. Children and Juvenile Code
Article 1 – Oklahoma Children’s Code
Chapter 9 – Programs, Contracts and Administrative Provisions Section 1-9-119 – Statement of Foster Parents’ Rights.

A statement of resource parent’s rights shall include, but not be limited to, the right to:

  1. Be treated with dignity, respect and consideration as a professional member of the child welfare team
  2. Be notified of and be given appropriate, ongoing education and continuing education and training to develop and enhance foster parenting skills
  3. Be informed about ways to contact the state agency or the child-placing agency in order to receive information and assistance to access supportive services for any child in the foster parent’s care
  4. Receive timely financial reimbursement for providing foster care services
  5. Be noti ed of any costs or expenses for which the foster parent may be eligible for reimbursement
  6. Be provided a clear, written explanation of the individual treatment and service plan concerning the child in the foster parent’s home, listing components of the plan pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Children’s Code
  7. Receive, at any time during which a child is placed with the foster parent, additional or necessary information that is relevant to the care of the child
  8. Be notified of scheduled review meetings, permanency planning meetings, and special staf ng concerning the foster child in order to actively participate in the case planning and decision-making process regarding the child
  9. Provide input concerning the plan of services for the child and to have that input be given full consideration in the same manner as information presented by any other professional on the team
  10. Communicate with other foster parents in order to share information regarding the foster child; in particular, receive any information concerning the number of times a foster child has been moved and the reasons why, and the names and telephone numbers of the previous foster parent if the previous foster parent has authorized such release
  11. Communicate with other professionals who work with the foster child within the context of the team including, but not limited to, therapists, physicians and teachers
  12. Be given, in a timely and consistent manner, any information regarding the child and the child’s family that is pertinent to the care and needs of the child and to the making of a permanency plan for the child; disclosure of information shall be limited to that information which is authorized by the provisions of Chapter VI of the Oklahoma Children’s Code for foster parents
  13. Be given reasonable notice of any change in or addition to the services provided to the child pursuant to the child’s individual treatment and service plan
  14. Be given written notice of:
    1. Plans to terminate the placement of the child with the foster parent pursuant to Section 1-4-805 of this title
    2. The reasons for the changes or termination in placement

    The notice shall be waived only in emergency cases pursuant to Section 1-4-805 of this title

  15. Be notified by the applicable state agency in a timely and complete manner of all court hearings, including notice of the date and time of any court hearing, the name of the judge or hearing officer hearing the case, the location of the hearing, and the court docket number of the case
  16. Be informed of decisions made by the court, the state agency or the child-placing agency concerning the child
  17. Be considered as a preferred placement option when a foster child who was formerly placed with the foster parent is to reenter foster care at the same level and type of care, if that placement is consistent with the best interest of the child and other children in the home of the foster parent
  18. Be provided a fair, timely, and impartial investigation of complaints concerning the certi cation of the foster parent
  19. Be provided the opportunity to request and receive a fair and impartial hearing regarding decisions that affect certi cation retention or placement of children in the home
  20. Be allowed the right to exercise parental substitute authority
  21. Have timely access to the appeals process of the state agency and child placement agency and the right to be free from acts of harassment and retaliation by any other party when exercising the right to appeal
  22. Be given the number of the statewide toll-free Foster Parent Hotline
  23. File a grievance and be informed of the process for filing a grievance

B. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services and a child-placing agency under contract with the department shall be responsible for implementing this section.

C. Nothing in this section shall be construed to create a private right of action or claim on the part of any individual, the department, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or any child-placing agency.

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