Children Placed in Foster Care in Texas

It
is unfortunate that many children are born in less than ideal situations. Some
have been results of abuse or teenage pregnancy. In any case, the parents may
not be ready or capable to take care of the child.

The
State of Texas is always concerned with the welfare of all children regardless
of circumstance. Thus, they have facilities and implemented guidelines for
foster care.

Child
Protective Services (CPS) Rights in Foster Care

Every
child that is placed in foster care in Texas has defined rights. They have been
placed into different categories:

Safety and Care

Every
child has the right to:

  1. An explanation on why he/she is in
    foster care
  2. A briefing on what will happen to
    him/her while they are in the foster care facility
  3. Be informed on what will happen to the
    rest of his family (brothers and sisters)
  4. Be told what the CPS is planning for
    his/her future

The
foster care facility also needs to provide a family-like setting. The child
should receive proper care and treatment and be placed in a safe, healthy and
comfortable place.

It
is also a basic right for a child to be treated with respect and be given
personal privacy when the situation calls for it.

For
the foster home, the employees must have no record of abuse, exploitation or
harassment. They must also state the rules clearly and implement them in a fair
manner.

Family and Contacts

If
the child sent to foster care has brothers and sisters who are also under
foster care, they must live together in the facility. If this is not the case,
the caseworker has an obligation to offer a compelling reason for this.  

If
the child has existing family (parents, siblings) outside of foster care, they
should maintain regular contact with them unless otherwise specified by the
court or social welfare). This must also be explained by the caseworker.

Provision for a Normal Life

The
child also has a right to live a normal life even if they are in foster care.
He/she can still speak their own language, and the provision includes Braille
if the child is legally blind.

The
child should also be allowed to practice their religion and have access to
education that is appropriate for his/her age and personal needs.

The
facility should also cater to the sanitation and hygiene requirements of the
child. There should also be childhood activities to encourage the child to
participate.

The
state of Texas respects the rights of every child, without distinction from
those who live with their family and those in foster care. State Welfare
employees should provide what the child’s family could not.    

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