Foster Parents; Motion to intervene.
Part 1 of 7
Occasionally we explore the meaning of words or phrases, those that you need to understand in your fostering experience. No one can expect parents, foster or biological to be as knowledgeable as attorneys we do however, believe that every foster parent should be familiar with some basic legal terms, the more legal terms we comprehend the easier it will be to defend ourselves and/or the children in our homes. Take a look at the article below.
Here is a good example of legal terms people run into in defending their position in a court. Read this article.
The legal meaning of the term we have selected for this series has many different aspects to explore, yet it is one that we hear used all the time, “motion to intervene” what is the meaning and/or application in foster care.
First let us discover what this phrase actually means; to come in between in order to stop, settle or modify.
When read the definition, it sounds like something that foster parents occasionally need to accomplish on behalf of the children in their homes. It is extremely frustrating for us to stand helplessly and watch children’s lives disrupted repeatedly by the unfair unjust reality that is the Foster Care System. In our journey as foster parents, we have few rights regarding the children that we take into our homes, therefore what few rights we have we really need to understand. A few years ago we learned of a way to sometimes draw the judges attention within the court system using something called status forms.
Reason; status forms were available at one time to foster parents; any of the forms once filed were then placed directly into the child’s file the judge would be made aware of your applying for status in the case. Defacto Parent Status is the one used most often by foster parents.
- 1. Defacto Status; page nine in the Natonal Foster Parents Association Allegation Resource Manual written by Deilhl Regina, and published in April of 2002 and utilized by foster parents across the nation.
- 2. Interested Party Status; letting the court know you want to be notified of court dates on behalf of the child and interested in adoption should and if TPR takes place.
- 3. Friend of the court Status; you would like permission to speak on behalf of the child.
This manual mentioned in #1 written by an attorney. Foster parents who call our office in fact have successfully used Status forms all over the United States filing any of the three that were available in the particular state they were dealing with. What about now?
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