Rights & Responsibilities

Adults who are interested in becoming foster parents in Manitoba should be aware of both their rights and their responsibilities, in order to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided.

Foster parent responsibilities include:

  • Providing care and supervision to meet the child's needs and to co-operate with the agency and other community resources in achieving the objectives
  • To respect the confidentiality of information concerning the child and his/her biological family
  • To accept and support the biological parents of the child and to assist and co-operate in visits between the child and his/her family
  • To share with the agency all information about the child's progress or difficulties in his/her daily living, health or adjustment to the home, school or community
  • To encourage and supervise school attendance, participate in teacher conferences, and keep the child's caseworker updated regarding any special educational needs
  • To attend to the regular and/or special medical, optical and dental needs of the foster child
  • To encourage and promote the child's participation/involvement in his/her religious/spiritual and cultural beliefs

Foster parent rights include:

  • A clear understanding of their role as foster parents with respect to the agency for whom they foster, individual child placed in their home, and tasks the agency expects them to perform with biological family/guardians and other persons significant to the child
  • Make the decision as to whom to parent, in consultation with the placing agency
  • Appeal a termination or suspension of their foster home licence
  • Access to information about themselves and their family from the records maintained by an agency, regarding their foster home
  • Supervision and support from the child's caseworker and the foster home worker so that the foster family can better meet the needs of the foster child
  • Access to courses as identified by the foster parent and agency, that are necessary for their work with the children who have been placed with them
  • To state complaints and grievances against agency practices or procedures with regard to a child in their care, or the service they receive