YOU HAVE RIGHTS!
We ensure the voice of foster children and youth is heard, and we act on their behalf!
If you have concerns regarding the care, services or placement of children or youth in foster care
YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO:
- be treated with respect
- go to religious services and activities of your choice send and get unopened mail (unless a judge says someone else can open your mail)
- contact people who are not in the foster care system (like friends, church members, teachers, and others)
- make contact with social workers, attorneys, probation officers, CASAs, foster youth advocates and supporters, or anyone else involved with your case
- be told about your placement by your social worker or probation officer
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SOME THINGS ON YOUR OWN
YOU HAVE FAMILY RIGHTS TOO
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN A SAFE, COMFORTABLE HOME
YOU HAVE SCHOOL RIGHTS
YOU HAVE HEALTH RIGHTS
YOU HAVE RIGHTS AT COURT TOO
How big does my problem have to be to call?
No matter the size, the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson can assist you with problems you are having in your placement. If we can’t resolve the problem, we can refer you to someone who can.
If I already emancipated from foster care, can you help me?
The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson can give you information about services available to emancipated foster youth such as how to get stipends, financial aid for college, and housing.
Who will you tell that I have made a complaint?
If you call the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson to make a complaint, we will not tell anyone your identity without getting your permission first.
If I am being abused, can I make an anonymous complaint?
No. We take child abuse complaints very seriously. If someone is abusing you, our office must report it, which means we need to know who you are so the proper authorities can look into your complaint.
We are here for you!
- The Foster Care Ombudsperson Office established its toll-free helpline on May 2, 2000
- The Ombudsperson Office is located in Sacramento at 744 P Street.
- The Ombudsperson Office compiles all the complaints received and reports them annually to the Legislature.
- The Ombudsperson Office hires former foster youth as student assistants.
- An All-County Letter (ACL #00-58) was distributed on August 25, 2000 which informs counties that all county social workers are required by SB 933 to provide foster children with information about the Office and the toll-free number.