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.   For more info visit Rights to Reality

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