I frequently complain about mention the absolute lack of information that is provided to foster parents in my state. We have no idea when the kids have court dates, have never spoken to their attorney, have not one clue about mom’s progress, ect. We are expected to be caregivers to the children and not involved in any other part of the process. Its maddening, really. And not terribly realistic or sensitive to the children because who do you think Sprout asks when he’s wondering where he’ll live next summer? His social worker? His attorney? Of course not – he asks me.
Well, it looks like our judicial system agrees! We received notice that a new law has been put into effect which, among other things, requires that foster parents be informed of court dates involving the children in their home. So guess who’s going to be sitting in the front row of an upcoming permanency hearing? That’s right – its time to start figuring out what the heck is going on with these kids.