Children’s Rights

The rights of children listed below were taken from the DHS publication Licensing Requirements for Child Placing Agencies, and these rights ensure children in out-of-home care are:

  • Not forced to participate in publicity or promotional activities
  • Not publicly identified to their embarrassment as wards of the agency Provided an opportunity to participate in religious services
  • Supplied with facilities and supplies for personal care, hygiene and grooming
  • Supplied with clothing and shoes appropriate to the season, age, activities and individual needs and are comparable to that of other children in the community
  • Provided space in the resource home for the child’s personal possessions and for a reasonable degree of privacy
  • The right to bring, possess, and acquire personal belongings subject only to reasonable household rules and the child’s service plan
  • Given their personal belongings when the child leaves the home
  • Expected to perform only household tasks within the child’s abilities, reasonable for the child’s age and similar to those expected of other household members of comparable age and ability
  • Given guidance in managing their own money
    1. Money earned by the child or received as a gift or allowance is the child’s personal property
    2. The child is not required to use earned money to pay for room and board, unless it is a part of the service plan and approved by the parent or custodian and DHS
  • Allowed privacy in writing, sending or receiving correspondence unless restricted by the service plan Not denied meals as punishment
  • Not subjected to remarks that belittle or ridicule the child or the child’s family
  • Allowed to visit with the child’s family, in accordance with the service plan
  • Not forced to acknowledge dependency or gratitude to DHS or resource home
  • Given the opportunity, at the child’s request or DHS’ request, for private conversation with DHS staff members who are responsible for the child’s supervision
  • Provided educational opportunities in accordance with the child’s plan of care

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