Promote the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care
Navigating the Court & Legal System
Foster parents must accept the responsibility for understanding and exercising their rights. It's very important that you become familiar with federal laws, NH laws and that you increase your knowledge of what to expect from DCYF, the CASA /GAL, the courts, and collateral agencies on an abuse/neglect case.
NH Court Improvement Project: Revised April 2012 and 2018. These Protocols suggest an interpretation of the law. They do not create substantive rights that do not currently exist and should not be considered as superseding any constitutional or statutory rights of parties to abuse and neglect proceedings.
The laws in NH currently provide very little opportunities for foster parents to advocate for foster children. For instance, most NH Administrative Rules focus on licensure and does note include ways to effectively voice concerns or participate as a member of the team. Click on each chapter below to learn more about CHAPTER He-C 6400 the CHAPTER 169-C Child Protection Act or the CHAPTER 170-C Termination of Parental Rights.