Changing Placements

Mental Health
4. Placements


Changing Placements

You have a right to be safe, stable, and comfortable while you are in foster care. The law requires ACS to move you as little as possible. However, your needs may change over time, and you may have to change placements to meet your needs. If you feel like your placement is not right for you, speak with your caseworker or lawyer about finding a new placement. You should also contact your lawyer if ACS or your foster care agency wants to move you but you want to stay where you are.

Before moving you to a different placement, your agency must hold a conference with you and other important people in your life. Your social worker from your lawyer’s office should be invited to the meeting, but if you want to make sure he or she can attend, you should call him or her yourself. This conference is your chance to ask questions about why you are being moved and to offer ideas that you think would make things better. Don’t be afraid to speak up!