Code of the District of Columbia

Part C-iv. Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents.


§ 4–1303.81. Definitions.

For the purposes of this part, the term:

(1) "Foster parent" means an individual licensed by a District-licensed child-placing agency, as defined under § 4-1402, who provides 24-hour substitute care to a youth placed away from his or her parent or guardian.

(2) "Youth" shall have the same meaning as provided in § 4-1303.71.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title III-D, § 381; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-217, § 2(a), 63 DCR 16009.)


§ 4–1303.82. Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents.

(a) Within 180 days after the February 18, 2017, the Mayor, pursuant to § 4-1303.85, shall amend existing rules governing foster parents to:

(1) Incorporate existing rights and responsibilities for foster parents provided by local law, federal law, local regulations, agency administrative issuances, and other policy documents; and

(2) Establish a Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents.

(b) The Agency shall guarantee that each foster parent shall receive the following:

(1) A printed copy of the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents in readily understandable language and in accordance with § 2-1933;

(2) An explanation of a foster parent's right to be informed of decisions made by the Agency that impact the foster parent, while ensuring the best interests and confidentiality of youth and families;

(3) An explanation of a foster parent's right to report violations of the foster parent's rights to the Agency without fear of retaliation;

(4) An explanation of the process for reporting violations of a foster parent's rights to the Agency;

(5) An explanation of the process for reporting complaints related to the Agency's provision of services and supports; and

(6) An explanation of the process by which reports of violations of a foster parent's rights and complaints related to the Agency's provision of services and supports are resolved, within reasonable efforts.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title III-D, § 382; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-217, § 2(a), 63 DCR 16009.)


§ 4–1303.83. Dissemination of rights and responsibilities information.

(a) When a foster parent is licensed by the Agency, the Agency shall inform the foster parent of the foster parent's rights and responsibilities and disseminate to the foster parent and the appropriate child-placing agency the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents.

(b) The Agency shall disseminate the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents and related information to foster parents who were licensed by the Agency before February 18, 2017.

(c) The Agency shall incorporate the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents into scheduled trainings for foster parents, social workers, and other affected partners, including providers and other persons who are associated with the care of youth.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title III-D, § 383; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-217, § 2(a), 63 DCR 16009.)


§ 4–1303.84. Implementation plan.

(a) Within 180 days after February 18, 2017, the Agency shall establish:

(1) A plan for the dissemination of the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities for Foster Parents to foster parents and the appropriate child-placing agency; and

(2) A process for receiving, investigating, and resolving, within reasonable efforts, reports of violations of a foster parent's rights and complaints related to the Agency's provision of services and supports.

(b)(1) The Agency shall have the following responsibilities regarding the implementation of this part:

(A) To receive, investigate, and resolve, within reasonable efforts, reports of violations of a foster parent's rights and complaints related to the Agency's provision of services and supports;

(B) To document the number, general sources and origins, and the nature of reports received about violations of foster parent's rights and complaints received about the Agency's provision of services and supports;

(C) Beginning on February 28, 2018, and every February 28th thereafter, to make available to the Council a report containing data collected over the course of the prior year that includes the information collected pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection; and

(D) By February 28, 2018, and every February 28th thereafter, to post the report required by subparagraph (C) of this paragraph on the Agency's website so that it is readily available to the public.

(2)(A) The report required by paragraph (1)(C) of this subsection shall include the following information regarding reports received by the Agency about violations of a foster parent's rights:

(i) The number of contacts made by telephone, website, or otherwise;

(ii) The type and general sources of those contacts;

(iii) The number of investigations performed;

(iv) The number of pending investigations;

(v) The trends and issues identified during the course of investigations; and

(vi) The outcomes of the investigations conducted.

(B) The report shall include the following information regarding complaints received by the Agency about its provision of services and supports to foster parents:

(i) The number of contacts made by telephone, website, or otherwise;

(ii) The type and general sources of those contacts;

(iii) The number of investigations performed;

(iv) The number of pending investigations;

(v) The trends and issues identified during the course of investigations; and

(vi) The outcomes of the investigations conducted.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title III-D, § 384; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-217, § 2(a), 63 DCR 16009; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 5023(b), 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5023(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5023(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).


§ 4–1303.85. Rules.

The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this part. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within the 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title III-D, § 385; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-217, § 2(a), 63 DCR 16009.)