Family Court Proceedings

Although federal and NYS code and regulations provide foster parents with specific rights to notice and an opportunity to be heard in foster care family court proceedings, many NYS foster parents are unaware of, or discouraged from, exercising their codified rights and responsibilities in Family Court. Active and informed participation in Family Court is a core foster parent responsibility and crucial to achieving outcomes in the child’s best interest.  The following resources are offered to increase foster parents’ understanding of, and effective participation, in the family court process.  We strongly recommend that you visit our Audio Help from the Experts page to access audio recordings of the Coalition’s conference workshops presented by experts in NYS law and regulations.

Permanency Practice, General

Children’s Presence in Family Court

Accelerated Adoption

Conditional Surrenders

Legal Rights of Fathers

Placement Options for Children

Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

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