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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.457

Introduced by   Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, McCormack of Rutland City, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Trombley of Grand Isle and Weston of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Foster care; parents; bill of rights

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a foster care parents’ bill of rights.

AN ACT RELATING TO FOSTER CARE PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  33 V.S.A. § 3501a is added to read:

§ 3501a.  RIGHTS OF FOSTER CARE PARENTS

(a)  The general assembly hereby adopts the Bill of Rights for foster care parents, finds that foster care parents have a right:

(1)  To be treated with consideration, respect for personal dignity, and to privacy.

(2)  To be included as a valued member of the service team.

(3)  To receive support services which assist in the care of the child in their home, including an open and timely response from the agency personnel.

(4)  To be informed of all information regarding the child that will have an impact on their home or family life during the care of the foster child.

(5)  To have input into the permanency plan for the child in their home.

(6)  To have assurance of safety for their family members.

(7)  To have assistance in dealing with family loss and separation when a child leaves their home.

(8)  To be informed of all agency policies and procedures that relate to their role as foster care giver.

(9)  To receive training that will enhance their skills and ability to cope as foster care givers.

(10)  To be informed of how to receive services and how to reach agency personnel at any time of day on all days of the year.

(11)  To be granted a reasonable plan for relief from the role of foster care giver.

(12)  To confidentiality regarding issues that arise in their foster family home.

(13)  To not be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap.

(14)  To receive evaluation and feedback on their role as foster care giver.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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