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Foster Care Resources for Families


A Relatives Guide to the Arkansas Child Welfare System.

DCFS PUB-15: A Relative’s Guide to the Arkansas Child Welfare System

Companion to the PUB-15


Am I notified When my Relative is taken into custody?

Am I Notified When My Relative is taken into Foster Care?

How can I care for my relative while he or she is in custody?

How Can I Care for my Relative while he or she is in Foster Care?

Provisional Foster Homes

Provisional Foster Homes/
Temporary Foster Care

Legal Guardian, Adoption & Permanent Custody

Adoption/Legal Guardian/
Permanent Foster Care

What is DCFS's role while my relative is in custody?

What is DCFS’ Role while my
Relative is in Foster Care?

When is the court involved?

When is the Court Involved?

What are my legal rights as a relative?

What are my Legal Rights as a Relative?

How do I become a provisional foster home?

How Do I Become a
Provisional Foster Home?

Foster Care Court Process

Review of the Judicial Process
in Foster Care Cases

External Provisional
 Foster Care 101




Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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