For new foster parents and parents hoping to adopt through foster care, there is a lot to learn! Included are court hearings. Whether the child is adoptable or not, there are hearings that take place that affect the child’s future. This seasoned foster parent shares her experience with hearings. 

“You are the biggest advocate your foster child has,” says this mother. Although the children have others on their team, including social workers and CASA volunteers, you are the one who is with the child 24/7. The hearings may give you more information about the situation your child is in. You may better be able to understand your child’s thinking and behavior. If you’ve not been to court before, you may find that the hearing offers valuable information, whether you’re helping your foster child reunite with family, or preparing your foster child for adoption.