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Parent’s Legal Rights of a Child in Foster Care

Question:  What legal rights do I have as a parent of a child in foster care? Answer:  You have numerous rights, including the selection of the home in which your child is placed. If you know of a relative who would be appropriate to care for your child, tell your caseworker. You have the right to a visit with your child within 14 days of when the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) takes protective custody, although that visit may be supervised.  Through your lawyer, you have a right to testify in court, bring in your own witnesses, and have your lawyer question the people who testify against you. If at any time you do not understand what is happening, or think there is a problem, tell your lawyer. You also have the right to appeal some of the judge’s decisions.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit