|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
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, Miller of Shaftsbury, Trombley of Grand Isle and Weston of Burlington
Subject: Children; foster care; children’s bill of rights
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to establish a bill of rights for children in foster care.
AN ACT RELATING TO A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR FOSTER CARE CHILDREN
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 33 V.S.A. § 3501a is added to read:
(8) To contact the department for children and families or an attorney regarding violations of rights, to speak to representatives of these offices confidentially, and to be free from threats or punishment for making complaints.
(20) To review his or her own case plan and plan for permanent placement if he or she is 12 years of age or older and in a permanent placement, and to receive information about his or her out-of-home placement and case plan, including being told of changes to the plan.
(23) To have fair and equal access to all available services, placement, care, treatment, and benefits, and to not be subjected to discrimination or harassment on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, or HIV status.
(24) At 16 years of age or older, to have access to existing information regarding the educational options available, including, but not limited to, the coursework necessary for vocational and postsecondary educational programs, and information regarding financial aid for postsecondary education.
The Vermont General Assembly
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