When Do You Go To Court?

Your Rights in Foster Care
3. Court


When Do You Go To Court?

The law says that every child who is placed in foster care has a case that goes to court. In cases where kids are taken away from their parents, the case gets heard by a judge right away. But cases where children are voluntarily placed may take longer to be heard.

The law states that if you are placed voluntarily, your case must be filed with the court within 30 days of when you enter foster care. After that, your case is reviewed by a judge every six months. But some kids wait many months before their case goes to court and they get a lawyer.