House of Representatives

HB 2224

foster parents; rights

Sponsors: Representatives Barto, Murphy: Goodale

 

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Committee on Health and Human Services

 

Caucus and COW

 

House Engrossed

HB 2224 establishes a foster parents bill of rights.

History

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 8, Chapter 5 covers statutes that relate to child welfare and placement, including regulations in regard to foster homes and foster parents. 

Foster care is intended to be a short-term or temporary solution for abused or neglected children who are removed from their homes.  Licensed foster parents must meet specific criteria regarding age, income, health, and maturity, and be free from conviction, indictment or involvement in certain criminal offenses. 

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (Department), through the Office of Licensing, Certification, and Regulation (OLCR), licenses foster care homes.  The Department contracts with community agencies to recruit, license, and train foster families.  Most foster care homes are licensed with the help of a contracted agency.  These contracted agencies assist prospective foster parents with the official submission of the licensing application.

Provisions

·           Establishes a bill of rights for foster parents that includes being:

Ø        Treated with respect.

Ø        Included as a team member.

Ø        Provided with support services in a timely manner.

Ø        Included in the permanency plan.

Ø        Informed of all information regarding the child that will impact the foster home or family life during the care of the foster child.

Ø        Assured of the foster family’s safety.

Ø        Assisted with the grief of family loss and separation when a child leaves a foster home.

Ø        Informed of all agency policies and procedures that relate to the foster parent’s role.

Ø        Able to receive services and reach personnel on a 24/7 basis.

Ø        Granted a reasonable plan for relief from the role of foster parent.

Ø        Able to keep issues that arise in the foster home confidential.

Ø        Free from being discriminated against, per constitutional guidelines.

Ø        Given an evaluation of the foster parent’s performance.

 

 

 

 

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Forty-ninth Legislature

Second Regular Session          2          January 28, 2010

 

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