Sample Court Reports
Granite State college Education & Partnership offers an online course: Documentation for Court and Case Review. This course is free of charge to licensed NH foster parents.
Course Description: Assists caregivers in understanding the court process and the importance of documentation and communication in best meeting the needs of children in their care. Focus is on accurate reporting practices, case planning, legal rights and responsibilities of caregivers and children in their care, and on gaining an understanding of the juvenile court system.
Click HERE to view a guidebook that helps foster parents become effective advocates in court [Iowa Foster Parent Association].
Click HERE to go back to Foster Parent Court Report page.
NH State Law 170-E:52 (VI) pursuant to RSA 169-C:14 states that a "foster parent shall receive notice of all court proceedings, may submit written reports, and, at the court's discretion, may attend such hearings and provide oral reports of the child's behavior, progress, and developmental, educational, and healthcare needs."
Foster Parents in NH Have a Right to be Heard
PROTOCOL 6 LETTER OR REPORT FROM FOSTER PARENTS, PRE-ADOPTIVE PARENTS OR RELATIVE CAREGIVERS
Consistent with the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), foster parents, pre-adoptive parents and relative caregivers may submit a letter or report to the court, whether or not that person plans to attend the review hearing. Written comments should be filed with the court at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the hearing. Upon receipt of such information, the court should determine who will be responsible for mailing the letter or report to all parties of record. The court may either photocopy the letter/report and mail it to all parties or may choose to send a copy of the letter/report to one of the parties and require that it be photocopied and mailed to all other parties.
The written comments submitted to the court should not advance a particular position or plan for the child but should instead focus on the status of the child(ren) in care. A letter or report may address the following:
(a) general observations about the behavior of the child(ren) while in a foster parent's, pre-adoptive parent's or relative caregiver's home and the relationship of the child(ren) with any members of the family;
(b) visits and/or connections between the biological parents and the child(ren) as well as any visits and connections with siblings;
(c) any educational, social, medical and/or mental health considerations concerning the child(ren) or any special problems experienced by the child(ren); and/or
(d) any other information that in a foster parent's, pre-adoptive parent's or relative caregiver's opinion affects the health, safety or well-being of the child(ren) in their care.
Insofar as these protocols suggest any interpretation of the law, the reader should bear in mind that the interpretation of the law, as it applies to any given case, is within the sole province of the trial judge, subject to the ultimate review of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The Protocols 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.