Sometimes it can be hard to make yourself heard in the foster care system.
We've collected resources and tips to help you advocate for yourself.
Be heard: 4 Tips
Understanding the chain of command.
Before filing a complaint, try having an ope conversation with your case worker, foster parent, or a service provider that you are having a conflict with. Discuss your concerns in a calm manner. Honest communication may clear up any confusion or provide an opportunity to correct the situation before escalating things.
The chart at the right shows how you can move up a ladder to get a complaint or issue resolved. You can learn more about how to file a complaint in this publication.
From the publication, From Complaint to Resolution: Understanding the Child Welfare Grievance Process
Not sure if you should file a complaint? Here are some examples.
There are lots of reasons that a young person might need to file a complaint, but sometimes it can be difficult to know if it is worth saying something.
Click on the + signs to the right to expand these common challenges to better understand if or why you should file a complaint.
What to do if your issue isn't as serious as an official complaint.... Here are some alternatives:
”Before FosterClub, I was not aware of all of the supports I could access. I was able to get help paying for my college.”
— J. Smith, age 19, spent 12 years in the Vermont foster care system
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