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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.

Foster youth also have rights. Read those here.



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