The children’s level of contact with their biological families varies greatly from case to case. In some cases, parental rights may already be terminated, resulting in no contact. In other cases, there may be phone calls and supervised visits, or children may spend weekends at home with their families unsupervised.
It is important to understand that, when the child’s goal is to be reunified with their biological parents, foster parents need to be open to having some contact with the birth families. In general, it is best for the child if the foster parents and birth parents can establish a positive relationship.
Our goal is for foster youth to be treated as much like one of your own children as possible. However, there are some limitations on what foster youth can do. Bellewood & Brooklawn must get permission from the state (the legal custodian of foster youth) before they are allowed to engage in certain activities or attend certain events. Also, typically foster youth will not be allowed to drive an automobile until they are 18 years old.