Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

12.11 Number of Children in Foster Homes

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:
10/25/2018
Section:
12.11 Number of Children in Foster Homes
Version:
3

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

 

Practice Guidance

  • Unless an exception is approved as specified in SOP 12.11.1 Placement Exception Requests:
    • No more than five (5) children (including children in the custody of the Cabinet and the foster or adoptive parent’s own children living at home), are to reside in a foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than two (2) children under age two (2) (including children placed in out-of-home care by the Cabinet and the parent's own children), may reside at the same time in a foster or adoptive home.
  • A medically complex foster or adoptive home provides care for:
    • No more than one (1) medically complex child in a one-parent medically complex foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than two (2) medically complex children in a two-parent medically fragile foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than four (4) children, including the medically complex foster or adoptive home’s own children, reside in a medically complex  home unless:
      • An exception is granted as required in SOP 12.11.1 Placement Exception Requests; and
      • The medically complex foster or adoptive home has daily support staff to meet the needs of the medically complex child.
  • A specialized medically complex foster or adoptive home provides care for:
    • No more than one (1) specialized medically complex child in a one-parent specialized medically  complex foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than two (2) specialized medically complex children in a two-parent specialized medically complex foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than four (4) children, including the specialized medically complex foster or adoptive home’s own children, reside in a specialized medically complex home unless:
      • An exception is granted as required in SOP 12.11.1 Placement Exception Requests; and
      • The specialized medically complex foster or adoptive home has daily support staff to meet the needs of the medically complex child.
  • A care plus foster or adoptive home provides care for:
    • No more than one (1) care plus child in a one-parent care plus foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than two (2) care plus children in a two-parent care plus foster or adoptive home;
    • No more than four (4) children, including the care plus home’s own children, reside in a care plus foster or adoptive home unless:
      • An exception is granted as required in SOP 12.11.1 Placement Exception Requests; and
      • The care plus foster or adoptive home has daily support staff to meet the needs of the care plus child.
  • All exceptions follow procedures in SOP 12.11.1 Placement Exception Requests.
  • When making a placement in an adoptive home, refer to SOP 12.11.1 Footnotes for further guidance.  Resources of the adoptive home should be thoroughly considered as well as the ability of the adoptive parent(s) to meet the needs of the child. 
 

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