Adoption Law | Child Custody | Child Neglect | Child Abuse

Your Responsibilities When Your Child is in Foster Care

VISIT your child as often as possible, at least once a week if allowed by the court. Let your caseworker and attorney know you want to visit your child as often as possible.

WORK with your caseworker to create your Service Plan and to change the conditions that caused your child to be placed in foster care.

DO everything required by the Service Plan. Be sure that you have a clear understanding of what the plan specifically requires from you and how it will help you. If you encounter problems in getting access to services, be sure to notify your caseworker and your lawyer.

KEEP a record of your participation in services. Talk to your lawyer about what this means. Failure to cooperate in services can result in the termination of your parental rights.

GO to EVERY court hearing and administrative case review. Listen carefully, write down important information, and follow the judge’s orders. Don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer when something is not clear. If you cannot attend a court date, call your lawyer to let him/her know.

RECORD the names of people involved in your case -- the names and phone numbers of your attorney and caseworker, phone calls and appointments you have made, dates you visited your child, and any services you have completed in order to show the court that you have participated in services.

NOTIFY your lawyer and caseworker of any changes in your address and phone number.

Download the full Guide for Parents in Juvenile Neglect Cases Booklet here


Note: This information was prepared as a public service by the Illinois State Bar Association. Every effort has been made to provide accurate information at the time of publication. For the most current information, please consult your lawyer. If you need a lawyer and do not have one, visit our lawyer referral page.

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