Thank You For Fostering
Good foster parents are very special people. All Texas foster parents know that there is no guarantee they will be able to adopt. Many take children into their families with no intention to adopt, just to help kids in need. But, there are few things in life harder than coming to love a child and having to let him or her go, knowing the future for that child may be uncertain. That process is even harder when foster children are bonded to their siblings as well as their foster parents. Thank you for accepting the challenge of being family for kids in need.
When the uncertainty involved in returning a foster child to the biological family is too great, good parents have options beyond giving up. At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC, we fight in San Antonio and throughout Texas to keep your family intact when that’s in the best interest of your children.
Foster Parents Have Rights
Although CPS is mandated to seek reunification with biological family, foster parents have the right to disagree with CPS. Foster parents may even, in some cases, seek to terminate the biological parents’ rights independently of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“DFPS”). You CAN say “no” to biological relatives who weren’t there for your child when he or she needed their help but intervene at the last minute. You CAN ask a judge or jury to do the right thing for your child. You know what your children need and the system should respect your judgment.
As a foster, you have certain specific rights, regardless of whether you have intervened in a lawsuit. Foster parent rights include:
- The right to attend court
- Notice of changes affecting the child’s care
- Receiving child support
- Financial assistance, including day care and medical assistance
- Respite Care (temporary breaks from caring for a foster child)
- Status as a medical and educational consentor
Foster Parents Face Unique Challenges
Unfortunately, the unique challenges facing foster parents don’t end at home. Fosters face unique legal issues, too. Standing (the legal status allowing you to sue) to seek custody is restricted. When you are fostering through CPS, you may be fighting taxpayer funded attorneys for the biological parents and a Texas state agency. The expense of a legal battle only adds to the burden of being a foster parent. Nevertheless, foster parents are often successful in fighting for their families.
Foster Parents Standing
Texas has recently limited foster parents’ ability to sue for Managing Conservatorship, continued placement with the foster family, and adoption. Unlike other relatives or caregivers, foster parents must meet the following conditions in order to file suit:
At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC, we know that the Department of Family and Protective Services’ mandate to reunite children with their biological family is not always in the child’s best interest. And we know how to fight for good foster families. Whether you are just looking to have some role in a child’s life after reunification or you want Sole Managing Conservatorship foradoption, we can help. We want kids to win the best possible forever home.
We Give You Options In CPS And Other Family Law Matters
To assert your rights as a foster parent and fight for the best interest of your children, contact our San Antonio law office to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help. Call 210-570-9902 or take a moment to complete our online contact form.