RISE Magazine: From Rights to Reality

RISE Magazine: From Rights to Reality

From Rights to Reality is a plan for parent advocacy and family-centered child welfare reform. It Identifies 15 rights for parents involved with the child welfare system.

As a parent investigated by the child welfare system:

1. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO not lose my child because I’m poor.

2. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO services that will support me in raising my child at home.

3. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO speak for myself and be heard at every step of the child protective service process.

4. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO be informed of my rights.

5. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO a meaningful and fair hearing before my parental rights are limited in any way.

6. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO quality legal representation.

7. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO support from someone who has been in my shoes.

8. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO have my child quickly placed with someone I trust.

9. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO frequent, meaningful contact with my child.

10. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO make decisions about my child’s life in care.

11. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO privacy.

12. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO fair treatment regardless of my race, culture, gender, or religion.

13. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO services that will support me in reunifying with my child.

14. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO offer my child a lifelong relationship.

15. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO meaningful participation in developing the child welfare policies and practices that affect my family and community.

 

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