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New York teenagers and youth in foster care have specially defined rights to benefits, services and health care. When youth don't know the laws, however, they can be difficult to enforce. These brochures provide information that helps youth to make educated choices and ensure that their rights are respected.

Legal Rights of Teens in Foster Care This brochure details the rights of teens in foster care regarding:

  • Home visitation
  • Lawyers and law guardians
  • Case Conferences
  • Discharge plan
  • Independence and emancipation
  • Permanency
  • Property
  • Confidentiality
  • ACS assistance with college room and board
  • Clothing and other allowances
  • Daycare for children of foster youth

Public Benefits for Minors and Emancipated Youth This brochure addresses commonly asked questions and explains welfare guidelines regarding:

  • Basic income requirements
  • Requirements for 16- and 17-year-olds
  • Requirements for 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds

Teen Access to Health Care and Family Planning This brochure explains:

  • Informed consent and confidentiality
  • What medical services and treatments a person under the age of 18 can consent to in the state of New York without parental permission
  • The educational rights of pregnant teens
  • Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)

To learn more and to receive the complete set of Know Your Rights brochures in English and Spanish, contact The Children's Aid Society, Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy at (212) 358-8930.