Your Rights in Foster Care
15. Psychiatric Hospitals


A lot of kids take medication. Some think it is okay because it helps them feel better. But a lot of kids hate taking medication/drugs and some refuse it altogether.

It is important to ask these questions about any medication:

  • What is it called?
  • Why do they want you to take it?
  • What is it for?
  • Are there side effects?
  • How long do you have to take it?
  • Does your parent (or person you lived with before) know about this? Has she or he said it’s okay?
  • Are there other things that can be done for you instead of medication, like more therapy or physical exercise or changing your diet?

Talk to your doctor and social worker and family about your feelings about taking medication.

If the agency or your doctor tells you that you have to take the medication, and you really don’t want to, call your lawyer.

Your lawyer can get another doctor who can talk to your doctor. Your lawyer can also ask the judge to order the hospital to stop giving you medication.