In any matter involving a child in foster care under the responsibility of the state, the
state must notify the child’s foster parents, pre-adoptive parents and relatives providing care for the child whenever any proceeding is held with respect to the child.
Rule 4.2 was adopted, effective March 1, 2007, in response to Public Law 109-239, which requires states receiving certain federal funds to have a foster parent notice rule. The requirement is codified at 42 U.S.C. § 629h(b)(1).
Section 475 [42 U.S.C. § 675] requires that states provide a case review system under
which foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, or relatives providing care for a child receive notice of proceedings and are given a right to be heard.
SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of September 28-29, 2006.