The following resources provide examples of State and local efforts to address client rights in child welfare.
Birth Parents' Rights and Responsibilities in Illinois (PDF - 147 KB)
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (2010)
Lists the general rights of birth parents in Illinois working with or without an adoption agency. Important facts about final and irrevocable surrenders and consents to adoption are listed, and the importance of identifying the birth father is emphasized.
Client Rights - Policy (PDF - 37 KB)
Oregon Department of Human Services (2007)
Describes clients' rights, prohibits discrimination, requires a display of information, specifies responsibility for monitoring compliance, and describes complaint procedures.
Guide for Parents: Walking Your Way Through the Nebraska Juvenile Court Child Protection Process (PDF - 320 KB)
University of Nebraska Center on Children, Families, and the Law & Nebraska Court Improvement Project (2007)
Explains key legal terms, provides information on types of dependency hearings, and discusses the rights of parents, noncustodial parents, and parents of Indian children.
Pennsylvania Judicial Deskbook: A Guide to Statutes, Judicial Decisions and Recommended Practices for Cases Involving Dependent Children in Pennsylvania (PDF - 1200 KB)
Judicial Law Center (2004, 4th ed.)
Reviews statutory mandates and case law pertinent to the practice of child welfare law in Pennsylvania and provides guidelines for conducting hearings at various stages of dependency proceedings. An analysis of kinship care and the rights of third parties are included, as well as the rights of older youth in the foster care system.
Rights and Expectations for Children and Youth in Shelter or Foster Care (PDF - 754 KB)
Florida Department of Children and Families (2007)
Lists the rights of youth in care and describes what youth can expect from the services they receive.
Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Addresses the rights of children and youth in foster care, including appropriate care and treatment, communication, shelter, discrimination, discipline, education, medical treatment, clothing, contact with the biological family, caseworker contact, participation in service planning and hearings, and privacy.
The Survival Guide to the NYC Child Welfare System: A Workbook for Parents By Parents (PDF - 404 KB)
Child Welfare Organizing Project (2007)
Explains the process of the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the rights of parents, and strategies for working with ACS to ensure children are kept at home, returned home as soon as possible, or receive the best care and support possible if they cannot be home.
Youth in Care Bill of Rights
Youth Leadership Advisory Team, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine (2010)
Outlines the rights and responsibilities that foster youth, caseworkers, guardians ad litem, care providers, and able biological parents should advocate, and that youth should expect to receive from their caregivers while in care.