9780890893210

Foster Care Law : A Primer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780890893210

  • ISBN10:

    0890893217

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-30
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Pr

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Author Biography

Harvey Schweitzer is a lecturer in law, teaching juvenile law at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foster Children 1(26)
I. Overview
1(5)
A. Who are Foster Children?
2(2)
B. Who Makes Decisions For a Child in Foster Care?
4(2)
II. Significant Legal Issues
6(21)
A. Family Reunification v. Other Permanent Placements
6(2)
B. Right to Representation in Court
8(2)
C. Access to Health Care
10(9)
D. Access to Special Education
19(1)
E. Placement with Siblings
20(1)
F. "Aging Out" and Independent Living
21(1)
G. Protection Against Harm
22(1)
H. Privacy
23(1)
I. Right of Native American Children to Tribal Supervision
24(3)
Chapter 2 Foster Parents 27(14)
I. Overview
27(6)
A. Who are Foster Parents?
27(1)
B. Foster Parents' Relationship to the Agency
28(3)
C. Foster Parents' Relationship with the Foster Child
31(1)
D. Foster Parents as Advocates for Children
32(1)
II. Significant Legal Issues
33(6)
A. Authority of Foster Parents
33(2)
B. Liability of Foster Parents
35(1)
C. Standards for Foster Care
35(1)
D. Foster Parents' Status in Court
36(1)
E. Foster Parents and Foster Children: Are They Family?
37(1)
F. Foster Parent Obtaining Custody or Guardianship of a Foster Child
38(1)
G. Foster Parents as Adopters
39(1)
III. Conclusion
39(2)
Chapter 3 Biological Parents 41(20)
I. Overview
41(4)
II. Significant Legal Issues
45(13)
A. Visiting
45(2)
B. Participating in Important Decisions for Children
47(2)
C. Agency's Reasonable Efforts to Reunify the Family
49(5)
D. Due Process
54(3)
E. Challenging the Government's Case
57(1)
F. Suing the State to Enforce Federal Statutes
58(1)
III. Conclusion
58(3)
Chapter 4 Public Foster Care Agencies 61(14)
I. Overview
61(5)
A. Agency-Foster Child Legal Relationship
62(2)
B. Agency-Foster Parent Legal Relationship
64(1)
C. Agency-Biological Parent Legal Relationship
65(1)
D. Agency's Legal Relationship to Service Providers and Private Foster Care Agencies
65(1)
E. Agency's Participation in Court Proceedings
66(1)
II. Significant Legal issues
66(7)
A. Liability
66(1)
B. Multi-jurisdictional Issues
67(1)
C. Permanency Planning Obligations Under ASFA
68(1)
D. Obligation to Provide Health Services.
69(1)
E. Funding Foster Care
69(2)
F. Privacy and Confidentiality
71(2)
III. Conclusion
73(2)
Chapter 5 Private Foster Care Agencies 75(16)
I. Overview
75(13)
A. What is Private Foster Care?
75(2)
B. The Legal Relationship between Public and Private Foster Care Agencies
77(4)
C. Funding Strategies
81(1)
D. State Regulation of Foster Care
82(1)
E. Regulation of Foster Parent Training and Recruitment
82(2)
F. Legal Relationship of Foster Parents to Private Agency
84(1)
G. Oversight of Private Agency
85(2)
H. For-profit Foster Care Agencies
87(1)
I. New Approaches: Neighborhood Collaboratives
87(1)
II. Significant Legal Issue: Private Agencies Appearing in Court
88(2)
III. Conclusion
90(1)
Chapter 6 Court Process 91(24)
I. Overview
92(10)
A. Roles of Lawyers, Social Workers, and Judges
93(2)
B. Summary of Court Process
95(3)
C. Summary of Administrative Reviews
98(1)
D. A Typical Court Case
99(3)
II. Significant Legal Issues Relating to Court Process
102(10)
A. Extent of Judicial Power
102(4)
B. Who May Enforce a Legal Right
106(5)
C. Timing of Appeals
111(1)
III. Conclusion
112(3)
Appendix A Liability 115(22)
Appendix B Flow Chart 137(2)
Appendix C How to Find a Legal Case 139(2)
Appendix D Selected Provisions of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 141(6)
Appendix E Selected Bibliography and Resources 147(8)
Notes 155(12)
Glossary of Terms 167(6)
Index 173

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