Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

12.3.1 Foster and Adoptive/Respite Home Parent Applicants-Employee or Former Employees

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 12-Resource Family Recruitment, Certification and Reimbursement
Effective:
11/18/2015
Section:
12.3.1 Foster and Adoptive/Respite Home Parent Applicants-Employee or Former Employees
Version:
2

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

The R&C Worker: 

  1. Makes a written request to the SRA for a former employee to become a respite provider or foster and adoptive home parent; 
  2. Works with former protection and permanency (P&P) employees for consideration in becoming a respite provider or foster and adoptive home parent for a child in the custody of the Cabinet; 
  3. Considers the following factors prior to a foster care placement:
    1. The former P&P employee’s relationship with the child or with a parent of the child;
    2. The former P&P employee’s involvement or prior involvement with the child’s case;
    3. Appearance of impropriety; and
    4. Other extenuating factors.

The SRA:

  1. Reviews the request to ensure compliance with SOP and, if the request is appropriate, makes a written request to the Commissioner through the adoption services branch manager1 

Practice Guidance

  • DCBS employees who currently work in the area of P&P are prohibited from applying as a respite provider or foster and adoptive home parent who fosters a DCBS child, regardless of the child’s residence, unless:
    • The employee was a foster and adoptive home parent or respite provider to the child at the time they began their DCBS employment; and
    • The DCBS Commissioner approves the employee as a foster care and adoptive home or respite provider.
       
  • DCBS employees who work in the area of P&P that wish to apply to adopt a child in the custody of DCBS follow procedures outlined in SOP 13.13.4 Employee Adoption or Former Employee Adoption.

 

 

  • If a request is approved by the Commissioner, the former P&P employee may begin the training and certification process to be considered for approval as a foster and adoptive home or respite care provider. 
  • The foster and adoptive parent training and approval process for the former P&P employee must be completed outside of the applicant’s former region of employment, unless an exception is approved by the Commissioner. 
 

Footnotes

  1. A former P&P employee is not considered for approval as a respite provider or foster and adoptive home parent unless the Commissioner has approved the request.

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