1. You have the right to supportive services, such as drug treatment programs or housing programs. ACS is responsible for helping you get these services.
Please note: Your lawyer may also be able to help you get these services if you cannot get them yourself. Ask your lawyer if he or she has a social worker.
2. When ACS removes your children from your home, the agency is responsible for looking for relatives to take care of them before placing them in foster care. You have the right to tell ACS about relatives who ACS can contact about taking care of your children.
3. You have the right to visit your children in foster care. ACS is responsible for arranging these visits. You have a right to know when and where your visit will be. You have a right to ask that visits take place at a time that is good time for you. You have a right to ask for more visits.
4. When your children are in foster care, ACS is responsible for meeting every six months to plan for their future. These meetings are called Service Plan Reviews, or SPRs. You have a right to attend these meetings. You are allowed to bring someone with you to these meetings–including your lawyer, a friend or relative, or a counselor from a program you are in.