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Your rights as a birth parent
The law on child protection gives parents the right to be involved in, and have a say about, what happens to their child when in care.
While your child's safety and welfare must come first, you still have the right to:
- apply to the Children’s Court to appeal the order placing your child or children in care
- be told where your child is unless Community Services believes that this information would harm the safety, welfare and wellbeing of your child or their carer
- be given information about your child’s carer unless Community Services believes this would harm the safety, welfare and wellbeing of your child or the safety of the carer and their family
- be informed of your child’s progress and development during their placement
- ask Community Services for services which could help your child to return to your care.
Almost all major decisions about your child in care will be discussed at a case planning meeting, which you are invited to attend.
Types of decisions discussed at a case planning meeting can include:
- change of your child’s school
- your child going away on camp that is for one week’s duration or more
- approval for enrolment in a private school
- your child’s wish to marry before they are 18
- consent for your child’s surgery
- deciding to remove your child from a particular foster care placement
- approval to change your child’s name
- approval for your child to enlist in the armed forces
- approval for your child to enter an apprenticeship
- your child’s carer planning to travel or move interstate
- your child’s carer applying for a passport and/or wanting to obtain a passport on behalf of your child in care
- the carer is considering making application for sole parental responsibility of your child.