DHS Pub 89 A Handbook for Youth in Foster Care

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The purpose of this handbook is to help you, Understand what is happening while you are in foster. Know who people are and what they are supposed to do. Know what documents are available and their purpose. Maneuver your way through foster care,Get what you need. We hope you read it when you first come in to foster care. and keep it with you as your journey continues, This handbook is modified from A Parent s Guide To Child. Protective Processes by the Office of Children s Ombuds. man and Children s Charter of the Courts of Michigan Inc. The modified version was developed in collaboration with. the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative MYOI and MYOI. Youth Boards Special thanks to Bay County Youth Board. Table of Contents,Key People Involved 2,How Did I Get Here 5. What Is Foster Care 5,Rights and Responsibilities 6.
Possible Placements 6,Permanency Goals 7,Visits and Meetings 8. Service Plans 10,Court Hearings 12,Planning for the Future 15. Services and Resources 18,Important Papers and Documents 21. Online Resources 22,Contact Information 23,Key People Involved. When you are in foster care there,are many people involved in making.
sure you are safe and your family is,able to meet their goals in the hopes. of you returning home The list be,low tells you who are the key people. involved in your family s plan,Children s Protective Services CPS Worker The CPS. worker is the person who investigated a report of abuse and. or neglect The CPS worker assessed your safety and made. a recommendation to the court on whether it was safe for. you to remain at home or enter foster care, Foster Care Worker The foster care worker is also called. a caseworker Caseworkers are from either the Michigan. Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS or a. private foster care agency and are assigned to work with. you and your family The caseworker will help you and your. family develop a service plan that will lead to you being. reunited or for you to find a safe and permanent family Your. caseworker visits with you your parent s and your siblings. attends court hearings reports on your family s progress. and makes recommendations to the court about what should. happen next, Judge or Referee A judge or referee is the person who.
conducts court hearings At each hearing the judge or. referee listens to the information and evidence presented. makes decisions about where you are living what goals your. parents are meeting and what the next steps should be The. judge will, Decide if there is a high enough risk of harm that you. should be removed from your parents care, Decide parenting time Parenting time is the time you. spend visiting with your parents when you are in foster. care The court decides how often and how much time. your parent s and or family members get to spend with. you while you are in foster care,Review your family s progress on the service plan. Order your parent s to comply with the service plan. Decide if you can return home, Review and decide if you need to change your perma. nency plan, Prosecutor Assistant Attorney General The prosecutor or.
assistant attorney general is an attorney who represents the. state and or MDHHS at court hearings,Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem LGAL The LGAL is the. person who represents you and your best interests He she. is responsible for, Talking to you and team members about your needs and. sharing any important information to the court, Telling the court what he she thinks is best for you. Telling the court what your wishes are,Explaining to you what is happening in court. Attending all court hearings,Visiting you before each hearing.
Making sure your are getting the services listed in the. case plan as well as any services you request or that are. ordered by the court, Foster Parents Foster parents are licensed by the state. of Michigan to take care of you while you are in foster care. Foster parents may be single or married Your caseworker. includes your foster parents in discussions about you and. your family s needs and progress on meeting the goals in the. service plan,Court Appointed Special Advocate CASA The CASA. is a trained volunteer who makes recommendations to the. court about your best interests He she asks you about how. you are doing in your placement school and other services. that are provided such as counseling The CASA shares. your updates with the court to ensure that your strengths and. challenges are shared with the court,Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative MYOI. Coordinator The MYOI coordinator is responsible for. managing the county s youth board and financial literacy. training The coordinator is a resource for older youth in. care who may provide trainings in education employment. housing health and community engagement, Education Planner An education planner is an MDHHS. staff person who assists you with any education needs you. may have including helping to make sure you can stay in. your same school you were attending before you came into. care when possible They may help you plan for college or. vocational school, Youth Advocate A youth advocate is a young person who.
has been in foster care and is trained to assist his her peers. in understanding and participating in Permanency Planning. Conferences, These positions may not be available in all counties and. responsibilities may vary by county and case,How Did I Get Here. Being in foster care does not mean you did anything wrong. or are guilty of anything, A Children s Protective Services CPS worker of the Michigan. Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS went to. court after investigating your family for a complaint of abuse or. neglect If you are in foster care it means a judge or referee. decided it was necessary to place you in foster care because. he she was concerned about your safety, If it was an emergency situation you may have been. removed from your home by a police officer or by a CPS. worker with court approval The ability for you to return. home depends on your parent s or caregiver s ability to. provide a safe environment,What Is Foster Care,When you are in foster care you.
do not live with your parents,Foster care exists so kids and. youth can be safe until their,parents are able to provide a. safe home again Where you are,placed depends on your specific. needs and available placements,It is important that you tell your. worker about family or friends that,may provide a good home or be a.
support for you These supports may include a family friend. a neighbor a teacher or someone else who has impacted. your family in a positive way,Rights and Responsibilities. Within 30 days of entering foster care your caseworker must. review your rights and responsibilities as a young person in. care If your caseworker has not gone over this form or dis. cussed your rights and responsibilities you should ask them. Possible Placements, Relative Kinship Care A relative kinship placement is a. home where you live with a relative such as a grandparent. aunt uncle or cousin This type of care is the preferred type. of placement your caseworker will try to find for you. Foster Home A foster home is a family home licensed by. the state of Michigan A licensed home means the foster. parents have attended foster parent training and their house. is considered safe and appropriate for you, Pre Adoptive Placement A pre adoptive placement is a. home where the parents are committed to adopting you. Children and youth are sometimes adopted by other family. members friends or foster parents You should talk to your. caseworker and pre adoptive parents if you have questions. Residential Treatment A residential placement is where. multiple youths live and are cared for by a staff of trained. professionals Residential placement is available for youths. with behavioral concerns who need specific treatment The. goal of residential care is to provide treatment so the youth. can move back to a community placement, Independent Living An independent living placement is. when a young person has his her own apartment or lives. in someone s home and pays rent Independent living is. primarily for youth ages 18 20 A requirement to be in. independent living is that a youth must be attending school. or employed While a youth age 16 or 17 can reside in an. Independent Living placement as a minor they must be in a. home with an adult who provides support and guidance. Permancy Goals, When you are in foster care your caseworker establishes a.
permanency goal for you based on your long term plan The. preferred permanency goal is, Reunification going back to live with your parents. If you cannot return home to live with your parents the. permanency goal may be, Adoption having a family take legal responsibility for. you as their child Your foster care case would close once. your adoption occurs,Guardianship going to live with someone who is ap. pointed by the court to take care of you such as a family. member friend or other supportive adult Your foster care. case would close once your guardianship occurs, Permanent placement with a fit and willing relative. living with a relative who has committed to take care. of you but is not legally your guardian In this situation. either your biological parents or MDHHS continue to be. your legal guardians and therefore will need to continue. to provide consent for things,Placement in another planned permanent living.
arrangement APPLA living in a foster home or in,your own apartment. Visits and Meetings,If you are in foster care you are not living. with your parent s and you may or may not,be living with some or all of your siblings. Even though you are not living with your,family you have a right to keep a strong and. healthy relationship with them Therefore,visits are scheduled to make sure you can.
spend time together as a family, Family Visits Parenting and sibling time also called. visitation is important for you and your family A visit may. happen at an MDHHS office restaurant or at a home You. and your family can spend time together during visitations. and it may be monitored by agency staff Visitation can be. emotional for everyone and may be difficult for you and. your family Some common emotions youth have expressed. related to family visits include happiness anger sadness. fear relief anxiety and guilt All of these emotions are valid. and you shouldn t feel bad about them because they are. common feelings for young people in your situation. Here are ways to help you manage the emotions you might. feel about visits,Know intense feelings are normal and. should be expected,Find a trusting person to talk to about. how you feel,Go somewhere private and scream or cry. Write about how you feel,Find out details about the visit such as.
when and where it will be held and who,will be there. Expect visits may be difficult for your parents They may. act differently when being observed visiting their kids in. such odd circumstances, Discuss how you feel with your parents during a visit. Talk to your legal guardian ad litem L GAL or caseworker. Seek outside help from a trusted professional if your. emotions become more than you can manage by, Sibling Visits You are entitled to have regular visitation. with your siblings when you are not placed with them Your. caseworker will help in making a plan so that you can visit. with your siblings at least monthly There may also be a plan. to speak with them on the phone, Caseworker Visits When you are first placed out of your. home the caseworker sees you at least two times a month. for the first two months After that the caseworker visits you. at least monthly You must be seen in your placement by. your caseworker at least once per month Other visits may. happen at school or other settings The caseworker should. make time to talk to you alone Visits are one way to ensure. your safety and to talk to you about how things are going. Family Team Meetings FTM FTMs will occur at several. points during your time in foster care including when you. first enter foster care or if you have to move placements The. purpose of the meeting is to ensure that your placement is a. safe and supportive environment and that all of the people. involved in your family s life can participate in important. The FTM is an opportunity for you to voice your concerns. and requests about what you want or need You can also. choose to invite people that you want at the meeting. Semi Annual Transition Meeting A semi annual transition. meeting is a type of FTM that will be held every six months. after you turn 14 You will have a chance to discuss what you. want and need and identify supportive adults,The meeting will include discussion about housing.
education employment transportation financial, management skills emotional mental physical health. substance abuse and other areas that may impact you More. information can be found in the Service Plan section. 90 Day Discharge Meeting Each youth who exits foster. care at the age of 16 or older must have a 90 day discharge. Important Information for Youth Transitioning out of A HANDBOOK FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE How to maneuver your way through foster care understand what is happening

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