This section provides information designed to assist parents in learning more about foster care, including what to expect, tips for building positive relationships with caseworkers and your child's caregiver, and information to help you navigate the child welfare and reunification process.
Birth Parent National Network
National Alliance of Children's Trust & Prevention Funds (2017)
Provides information about policies for better outcomes for children and families, with a focus on establishing parent leaders who are willing to share their challenges and successes across the country to effect change in prevention and child welfare.
Circle of Parents
Offers a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children.
Clients Rights and Responsibilities Statement
Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe. Inc.
Outlines behavioral and legal expectations for clients participating in child welfare programs.
A Guide for Incarcerated Parents Who Have Children in the Child Welfare System (PDF - 613 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, & U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (2015)
Offers parents involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems guidance on how to stay in touch with their children and stay involved in decisions about their children's well-being. The guide also includes information on steps required by the child welfare system for reunification—having children return home to their families after foster care.
A Guide for Parents Involved in Michigan’s Child Welfare System
Van Buren (2017)
WPVE Public Radio
Presents parents’ experiences and provides a step-by-step guide to child welfare involvement.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Versión para imprimir (PDF - 397KB)
My Family Connections Booklet (PDF - 3,482 KB)
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association
Provides a detailed photo workbook to facilitate close relationships between children and their birth parents throughout the foster care process.
National Coalition for Parent Advocacy in Child Protective Services
Focuses on issues parents have faced during their involvement with child protective services and how they have come together to create positive public policy and program changes. Part of the organization's mission is to create changes that prevent the removal of children from their families, strengthen and ensure the rights of families, and return children to their families.
One Step at a Time
Rise Magazine (2015)
Offers parents information about the process of reunifying with their children. The information includes personal essays from parents who have been through the process. See other publications from Rise Magazine such as, Someone to Turn To (PDF - 3,573 KB), Fathers' Rights and Roles (PDF - 411 KB), Addiction in the Family (PDF - 546 KB), and 'I Can and Will Do This!' (PDF - 434 KB).
Provides evidence-based, culturally responsive, and innovative training and resources to help strengthen parents' abilities to effectively care for their children and create better outcomes for their families and communities.
Parents Know Your Rights Resources
American Bar Association
Offers state-specific resources for parents that can help them identify their rights and responsibilities.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Versión para imprimir (PDF - 837KB)
Single Father Uses Experience to Help Other Parents
Casey Family Programs (2016)
Presents how Corey Best reunified with his son and uses his experience to mentor other families navigating the child welfare system.