Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

11.19 Release from Voluntary Commitment

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 11-CPS Court
Effective:
12/3/2010
Section:
11.19 Release from Voluntary Commitment
Version:
1

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

The person who consented to a voluntary commitment may request in writing to the Cabinet that the child be released from commitment.

Procedure

The SSW:

  1. Prepares a letter addressed to the person or persons who signed the voluntary commitment indicating the:
    1. Release of the child from commitment within ten (10) days, if it is in the child's best interest to do so; and
    2. Date the child is being returned to their care, custody and control;
  2. Has the letter signed by the Family Services Office Supervisor (FSOS) with copies to appropriate staff;
  3. Documents in the case record the plan for release as outlined in SOP 4.37 Case Closure and Aftercare Planning; and
  4. Releases children from voluntary commitment prior to closing the case.

Practice Guidance

  • The SSW files a petition requesting a hearing on the matter before the District, Juvenile or Family court when the SSW and the Cabinet believe it is not in the child's best interest to be returned home.
 

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