Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

12.6 Foster and Adoptive Home Parents Approved by Other States or Licensed Child Placing Agencies

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:
8/31/2018
Section:
12.6 Foster and Adoptive Home Parents Approved by Other States or Licensed Child Placing Agencies
Version:
4

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

The R&C worker:

  1. Ascertains the parent’s skill level as a potential Kentucky foster and adoptive home parent when the applicant has been approved by another state or licensed Kentucky private child placing agency (PCP) as a foster, adoptive or respite care provider by:
    1. Determining if the applicant possesses the necessary skills for fostering;
    2. Obtaining a signed release of information so that the other state or PCP may make a recommendation for approval in Kentucky;
    3. Obtaining verification of the foster or adoptive home’s closure and a statement to indicate whether the closure was at the request of the foster and adoptive home parent applicant, the other state, or the agency;
    4. Obtaining a copy of the other state’s or PCP’s foster home record and original home study;
    5. Obtaining a new Foster Adoptive Parent Applicant application from the potential Kentucky Foster and Adoptive Parent;
    6. Following SAFE (structured analysis family evaluation)guidelines, administering SAFE Questionnaire II (QII) while conducting the home visit by: 1
      1. Observing one or both applicants while they are completing QII.
      2. Instructing the applicants that they may not talk or discuss the questionnaire.
      3. When QII is completed, immediately interviewing each applicant one-on-one, separately and privately about the applicant’s history.  No children or other adults should be in the home when QII is administered.  QII interviews should be no longer than forty-five (45) minutes each.
      4. Questionnaire II should never leave the R&C worker's sight.
  2. Following SAFE guidelines utilizes the Desk Guide after each interview to evaluate the family and complete the psychosocial inventory;
  3. Upon completion of the psychosocial inventory and no later than five (5) working days, consults with the FSOS regarding assigned Desk Guide and mitigation ratings and determines if they can be sustained, reduced or erased.
    1. Contacts a minimum of two (2) credit references or credit report;
    2. Interviews a personal reference;
    3. Completes the DPP-1290 Family Profile Cover Sheet;
    4. Completes the SAFE home study narrative;
    5. Completes the Professional Development Plan as needed;
    6. Completes the DPP-108 Health Information Required for Foster and Adoptive Home Applicants Regarding Dependent Children;
    7. Completes the DPP-107 Health Information Required on Foster and Adoptive Home Applicants or Adult Household Members;
    8. Completes the DPP-117 Verification Request Marriage and Divorce or provides proof of marriage/divorce as appropriate;
    9. Completes the DPP-170 Financial Statement;
    10. Conducts background checks as outlined in SOP 12.4 Background Checks for Foster and Adoptive Parents;
    11. Completes the DCBS-83 Acceptance Scale for Adoption Matching;
    12. Completes the foster parent photo identification card (foster care only); and
    13. Completes the DPP-1291 Foster and Adoptive Home Discipline Policy Agreement.
    14. The FSOS determines whether the applicant meets the criteria as a Cabinet foster and adoptive home based on whether:
      1. The previous training meets the primary components of the Cabinet-approved pre-service family preparation training;
      2. The previous training has been completed in the past five (5) years or has fostered and maintained appropriate ongoing training in the state of origin;
      3. The parent possesses the necessary skills for fostering; and
      4. The records and recommendations from the other state document that the foster parents possess skills that meet the Cabinet’s required pre-service family preparation training.
    15. If the FSOS determines that a foster and adoptive home parent applicant approved by another state or PCP lacks the necessary skills, to become a resource foster and adoptive home parent, an individualized preparation curriculum is developed to fulfill unmet training needs.
    16. If the FSOS determines that the foster/adoptive parent applicant possess the necessary skills, the home study is submitted to the SRA or designee, with an approval letter for final consent. 
    17. Upon approval of the home study by the SRA or designee, the R&C worker schedules a time to meet with the family to notify them of their approval as a foster or adoptive parent.
    18. Shares a stamped, final draft copy of the home study with the foster/adoptive family to review during the home visit.
    19. Once the family reviews, the R&C worker collects the home study to return to the office.2
    20. Makes corrections or changes to the home study as identified by the foster/adoptive family.
    21. If changes are made to the final draft of the home study, applicants must be allowed to review and sign the corrected copy before final approval.
    22. Has the newly approved foster/adoptive parent read and sign a DPP-111 Foster Home Contract.
     

     Footnotes

    1. Questionnaire II must be administered to all applicants.  It may also be administered to other adults in the home or family when deemed appropriate by the R&C worker.
    2. The R&C worker does not leave a draft copy with the family.  QI or QII are not included with the home study draft and are never shared with the family.
    3. The home study, background checks, and training records are uploaded into iTWIST.  The SRA or designee may review the documents in iTWIST, when appropriate to expedite approval. 

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