Navigating the process of becoming a foster parent or caregiver can be complex. Fortunately, there's a foster youth Bill of Rights, which sounds daunting, but provides a blueprint for caregivers looking to better understand their role as foster caregivers, and ensure the safety of their youth. Our guest Jasmine Harris is a foster youth and foster youth advocate who served on the Foster Care Ombudsperson’ Committee that established the new foster youth bill of rights.
Guest on the show: Jasmine Harris, foster youth and foster youth advocate, served on the Foster Care Ombudsperson’ Committee
*This episode incorrectly stated that youth have a right to go to the doctor on their own starting at age 12. According to the Foster Youth Bill of Rights, at any age, youth have the right to consent to or decline services regarding contraception, pregnancy care, perinatal care, abortion services, and health care services for sexual assault without the knowledge or consent of any adult.
Resources: Foster Care BOR
*The Foster Care BOR link has been updated.
Calls To Action (23:29)
Read the bill of rights with your foster youth (23:40)
Educate and prepare for how the rights will apply and at what age (24:00)
Be patient with your youth (24:40)
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