Caregiver Rights

  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Be treated as a member of your youth’s welfare team
  • Not be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability
  • Receive training and support while caring for your youth, including but not limited to, best practices related to the cultural competency of LGBTQ+ youth
  • Receive payments to help you support your youth in accordance with state law and state budget allocation
  • Obtain your youth’s biographical and medical information
  • Receive notice of placement plans or court proceedings that could affect your youth’s placement
  • Receive notice of children and family team meetings (CFTs), parent-teacher conferences, and other meetings related to the care, placement, or services of your youth
  • Assist with planning visitation with your youth’s parents or siblings
  • Communicate with other professionals working with your youth, including social workers, probation officers, lawyers, therapists, teachers, doctors, etc.
  • Use Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS) to make parenting decisions that will maintain the safety of your youth and support their emotional and developmental growth
  • Attend medical appointments with your youth if they request that you come
  • Fill out the JV-222 form on behalf of your youth to inform the court that you do not agree with the prescribed medications being given to your youth
  • Advocate on behalf of your youth regarding their placement, care, services, and rights
  • Contact Community Care Licensing and the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson
  • Make educational decisions on behalf of your youth if you become their education rights holder
Toll-free hotline
1-877-846-1602
fosteryouthhelp@dss.ca.gov
 
MS 8-13-25
744 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814