210.670 Case Plans

Case plans, foster children fourteen and over to be consulted — copy of rights provided to foster child — documents provided to child upon leaving foster care. — 1.  Children in foster care under the responsibility of the state who have attained the age of fourteen shall be consulted in the development of, revision of, or addition to their case plan.

  2.  The children may choose individuals to participate as members of the family support team.  The division may reject members chosen by the child if the division has good cause to believe the individual would not act in the best interests of the child.  The child may designate one member to be his or her advisor and, as necessary, advocate with respect to the application of the reasonable and prudent parent standard to the child.

  3.  The child shall receive:

  (1)  A document which describes the rights of the child with respect to education, health, visitation, court participation, the child’s right to documents pursuant to subsection 4 of this section, and the child’s right to stay safe and avoid exploitation; and

  (2)  A signed acknowledgment by the child indicating he or she has been provided with a copy of the document, and the child’s rights contained in the document have been explained to the child in an age- and developmentally appropriate manner.

  4.  If a child is leaving foster care by reason of having attained eighteen years of age or such greater age as the state has elected, the division shall provide the child with an official or certified copy of his or her United States birth certificate, a Social Security card issued by the Commissioner of Social Security, health insurance information, a copy of the child’s medical records, and a driver’s license or identification card issued by the state, unless the child has been in foster care for less than six months and unless the child is ineligible to receive such documents.

(L. 2016 H.B. 1877)