Why Am I In an RTC or RTF?

Your Rights in Foster Care
1. Introduction


Why Am I In an RTC or RTF?

To get into an RTC or RTF, there has to be a reason you can’t stay at home and get the help you need.

You may know the reason you are in an RTC/RTF. If you don’t know, ask your social worker, psychologist, or lawyer why. The law says you have the right to be placed in the "least restrictive setting." This means that the City or agency has to first try to find you a foster home, then a group home, then an RTC, then an RTF, or hospital.

To do this, your worker calls or writes to other agencies (makes referrals) and asks them if they have room for you. Your worker will tell them something about you. She or he gets that information from your records and from talking to you and your parents and other people who know you. If the agency thinks you need more help than a foster home or group home can give you, they will refer you to an RTC or RTF where you are supposed to get a lot of attention and help.