Indiana foster parents bill of rights: A year later
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Indiana foster parents bill of rights: A year later


FIND THIS STORY ON WISHTV.COM. *PHI*) THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES HAS HAD A FOSTER PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW. GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB SIGNED IT INTO LAW LAST SPRING… *KYLI*) AT THE TIME IT WAS HAILED AS SOMETHING THAT WOULD GREATLY HELP FOSTER PARENTS. BUT… IS IT REALLY HELPING? STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF, DAVID WILLIAMS, SAT DOWN WITH A FOSTER PARENT TO GET AN HONEST OPINION. **) HERE IT IS. JUST ONE PAGE LONG. BUT IT TOOK MONTHS OF CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNTLESS PEPLE TO GET THESE WORDS TO PAPER…AND INTO STATE LAW. THE FOSTER PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS WAS MEANT TO INCREASE COMUNICATION, AND TRANSPARENCY AND MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR ALL INVOLVED. *REPORTIN*) ((NATS/ TAKING PT OFF THE STOVE:)) IN 12 YEARS….MORE THAN 100 CHILDREN HAVE SAT IN THIS KITCHEN TODAY, IT FEEDS NICHELLE MILES, HER HUSBAND, AND THEIR 4 FOSTER CHILDREN. ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ .”WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE LOVE THE CHILDREN, AND WE CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN. WE CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM LONG-TERM.”:)) LAST SPRING GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB SIGNED THE D-C-S FOSTER PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO LAW. IT PROMISES RIGHTS TO COMMUNICATION, SUPPORT, SAFETY AND PRIVACY, COLLABORATION AND RESPECT.. ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ “REPORTER: “IS IT WORKING?.” NICHELLE “SADLY, PART OF IT IS WORKING, BUT I THINK THE OTHER HALF OF THAT IS NOT WORKING.”:)) SHE FEELS LIKE COMMUNICATION FROM AND COLLABORATION WITH D-C-S COULD BE BETTER. ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ “WE’RE SUPPOSED TO GET NOTIFICATION OF COURT HEARINGS. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO GET NOTIFICATION OF TEAM MEETINGS. EVEN IN MY CASES, SPECIFICALY, THAT’S JUST NOT HAPPENING.”:)) ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ “I CAN’T PROVIDE THE CHILDREN WITH WHAT THEY NEED IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN THS FAMILY UNIT, IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE TEAM, WHAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE.”:)) MILES LIKES WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THIS SAFETY AND PRIVACY SECTION…IN TERMS OF KEEPING FOSTER FAMILIES SAFE. SHE ALSO FEELS SHE HAS BETTER CONTACTS… AT DCS ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ 13:18:43 “I DO ALWAYS KNOW WHO MY FCM [FAMILY CASE MANAGER] IS.”:)) ((NICHELLE MILES/FOSTER PARENT/ “IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THESE BILL OF RIGHTS MEAN SOMETHING. THAT WAY, WE CAN ACTUALLY SERVE OUR CHILDREN THE WAY WE WANT TO SERVE THEM.”:)) *DAVI*) TODAY, A D-C-S SPOKESWOMAN SENT ME A STATEMENT SAYING: “OUR FOSTER PARENT BILL OF RIGHTS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF SEVERAL IMPORTANT STEPS DCS IS TAKING TO SUPPORT AND EMPOWER THIS IMPORTANT GROUP OF PEOPLE. WE ARE ALSO COLLABORATING WITH FOSTER PARENTS TO SHAPE A NEW ONLINE FOSTER PARENT PORTAL AIMED AT SUPPORTING BOTH CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE FOSTER FAMILIES.” YOU CAN READ THE FOSTER PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS FOR YOURSELF. JUST GO TO WISH TV DOT COM AND CLICK THIS STORY. I’M DAVID WILLIAMS,

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