We need your help! The Alliance will be endorsing the Senators and State Reps who supported the passage of our foster care laws 170-E:51 & 52 (passed in June 2018 & effective August 24, 2018) to ensure that we have continued support at the State House. Your input about what has been working/not working is extremely valuable and your feedback will help us improve communication and collaboration in foster care.

It's important that we know which laws are not being followed so that we can advocate for justice whenever they are being violated. Legislators who believe in foster care reform need to be re-elected to help us to continue to "foster change." The information you see in quotes throughout this survey is taken directly from the 170-E: 51 & 52 laws themselves.

Survey results are captured anonymously unless you choose to share your name at the end. Thank you for your commitment to foster care and bringing hope to the at-risk children and families of New Hampshire.

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* 1. I am a current OR former foster parent, relative caregiver or guardian of a child who is/was in DCYF care and agree to answer this survey truthfully.

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* 2. Since August 24, 2018 do you feel as if your “integral, indispensable, and vital role” as an “active member” of the foster care system is being recognized by DCYF?

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* 3. Since August 24, 2018 do you feel as if you have been treated with "consideration and respect" by DCYF?

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* 4. Have you ASKED for a “written copy of information pertinent to the care of the child” since August 24, 2018?

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* 5. Have you RECEIVEDa written copy of information pertinent to the care of the child" since August 24, 2018?

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* 6. Have there been any changes to your foster child's care plan since August 24, 2018?

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* 7. Have you received “reasonable notice of any changes to the case plan as related to the child" since August 24, 2018?

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* 8. If a child has entered your care from a previous placement since August 24th, have you RECEIVED information related to theNUMBER of times the child has moved from one foster home to another?"

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* 9. If a child has entered your care since August 24th, have you RECEIVED information about the "REASONS" why the "child has moved from one foster home to another, as related to the child?”

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* 10. If a child has entered your care from another placement since August 24th, have you specifically REQUESTED information from DCYF, CASA/GAL or the courts related to the “number of times the child has moved from one foster home to another?"

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* 11. If a child has entered your care since August 24th, have you REQUESTED information about the number of times a child has moved and asked about the reason why the child was removed and been DENIED ACCESS to this information?

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* 12. Did you know that you could request a "team meeting to address concerns specific to a child" in your care?

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* 13. Have you needed to request a “team meeting to address concerns specific to the child" since August 24, 2018?

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* 14. Has a “team meeting to address concerns specific to the child” taken place since August 24, 2018? Please choose the one answer that most closely represents your situation.

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* 15. Has a child been removed from your care since August 24, 2018 for any reason other than reunification? Please choose the one answer that best describes your situation.

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* 16. If a child has been removed from your care since August 24, 2018 do you feel as if you were you given “reasonable notice of any plan to remove a child from the foster home?”

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* 17. If a child has been removed from your care since August 24, 2018 how much notice were you given prior to the child being removed from your care:

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* 18. If a child has been removed from your home since August 24, 2018 were you "informed of the reason for the change or termination in placement?”

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* 19. Have you been “receiving notice of all court proceedings” since August 24, 2018?

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* 20. If you have not been “receiving notice of all court proceedings” since August 24, 2018, have you requested to be notified of all court proceedings?

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* 21. Did you know that you “may submit a court report?”

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* 22. Have you ever submitted a court report?

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* 23. Who do you usually submit your court report to?

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* 24. Where have you been instructed to send your court report? Please choose one answer only.

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* 25. Are you aware that the Alliance website has resources and instructions related to writing and submitting court reports?

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* 26. Has the court allowed you to “attend a foster child’s hearing" since August 24, 2018?

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* 27. Have you been given the opportunity to “provide oral reports of the child's behavior, progress, and developmental, educational, and healthcare needs at a court hearing since August 24, 2018?”

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* 28. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions about your foster care experience since the foster parent laws went into effect on August, 24, 2018. Your input is extremely valuable!! Please use the space below to provide any additional information you would like to share. THANK YOU!

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* 29. If you are willing to be quoted in any written article or at a public hearing/meeting please share your concerns in the space below or email us: fosterchangenh@gmail.com
Including your last name and/or town/city is always appreciated, but not necessary.

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