If you are involved with the foster care system as a foster parent, foster child, relative of a foster child, or an applicant to become a foster parent, you may have reason to bring complaint against the state or a child services agency. Such instances can include:
You, your child or a relative in foster care case may have been or is being abused
You may believe your application to become a foster parent was rejected or delayed due to unlawful discrimination based on your age, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation
You may suspect that the home study and/or background check were unfairly conducted or included erroneous information that prevented you from being licensed to foster children or adults
How a Foster Care Attorney Can Help
It can help to consult a lawyer to determine whether you have a viable cause of action. An attorney can advise you on whether you can:
Contest the upper or lower age limit to become a foster parent
Bring suit for damages resulting from abuse you experienced while being fostered
Appeal the results of the home study and background investigation
Also, you and the attorney can investigate to determine whether your application was handled fairly and without bias or if the agency was negligent in its duties and you deserve legal remedy.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.