- The R&C worker or other designated regional adoption staff (of the region where the PCP foster family resides), SSW, and PCP worker for the foster home meet with the PCP foster family:
- Within thirty (30) working days of the child’s when the goal changes to adoption;
- When foster parent adoption by the PCP foster family is identified as the Cabinet’s preferred plan for the child; and
- To discuss the following:
- The difference between fostering and adopting;
- The role of DCBS staff and the PCP staff in the adoption process;
- Importance of permanency to a child;
- Legal relationship within adoption;
- Legal risks;
- Child’s options for a permanent home when foster parents do not adopt;
- Areas in which the foster family needs preparation as a potential adoptive resource;
- Adoption assistance program and eligibility status of the child (Adoption assistance requests cannot be processed until after the termination of parental rights);
- Adoptive parent’s responsibility to retain an attorney for the purpose of finalizing the adoption;
- Benefits a child may be eligible to receive;
- Resources in the community for children with special needs;
- Support services for adoptive parents (i.e. Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK), the Network, etc);
- Adoption process from TPR through circuit or family court judgment of adoption finalization;
- Continued future contact with birth siblings;
- Foster parent attitudes about contact with birth siblings and thoughts on handling that contact;
- Answering child’s questions about adoption and the child’s past, and development of practice statements to explore with one (1) another the impact of those statements; and
- The status of the child’s lifebook.
- Discusses adoption assistance with the agency foster family and assists the agency foster family in obtaining the necessary documentation for the adoption assistance; 1
- Submits the adoption assistance request, if the child meets the eligibility criteria, within thirty (30) working days of the termination of parental rights final order for consideration of approval;
- Submits the adoption assistance request to the recruitment and certification family service office supervisor (FSOS) and service region administrator (SRA) or designee in the region of the agency foster family’s residence. 2
The R&C worker:
- In the region of the PCP foster family’s residence, enters the PCP foster home as a provide case in TWIST;
- Establishes an adoption assistance file containing the information provided by the agency foster family’s PCP worker as listed in Practice Guidance below;
- Forwards to the central office Records Management Section:
- The Foster Parent Adoption Referral notice;
- Copy of the placement agreement;
- Copy of the PCP foster parent adoption packet (which includes the information as listed in Practice Guidance below); and
- Copy of the presentation summary packet if not already submitted.
- Forwards the DPP-195 Adoptive Placement Agreement to the PCP worker to obtain the family's signatures;
- Notifies the PCP agency when foster care payments to the PCP agency are to be discontinued. 3
The R&C worker (or designated adoption staff) and PCP worker:
- Meet quarterly to discuss matters related to the child’s permanency goal of adoption. These may also be in the form of periodic reviews;
- Meet with the PCP foster family within ten (10) working days of the TPR judgment and give them a copy of the child’s presentation summary packet; and
- Develop a plan for post-placement and post-adoptive needs and services to the family.
The service region administrator or designee:
- Returns a copy of the signed adoption assistance requests and adoption assistance agreements to the PCP worker once the adoption assistance agreements are approved.
The PCP worker:
- Provides a copy of the original home study and family's training record to the SSW for the child when a PCP foster family is interested in adopting a DCBS child placed in their home; 4
- Asks the PCP foster parent to sign the DPP-198 Foster Parent Statement of Intent to Adopt and return the form to the PCP worker at the conclusion of the meeting or within five (5) working days of the meeting, if adoption by the foster family is a suitable plan;
- Submits the signed original DPP-198 to the SSW;
- Secures the signatures of the agency foster parent on the adoption assistance agreements and:
- Provides the original to the recruitment and certification family services office supervisor in the region of the agency foster family’s residence; and
- Provides copies to the children’s benefits worker, the regional billing specialist and the agency foster adoptive family;
- Verifies in writing that the foster family has received appropriate training and preparation regarding the child and adoption issues;
- Provides to the R&C worker:
- A cover memo;
- Copy of the family’s original PCP adoptive home study packet;
- Most recent update;
- Copy of the family’s training record;
- Adoptive placement agreement (upon receipt of the family’s signature);
- Copy of the child’s presentation summary;
- DPP-1258 signed adoption assistance agreement with necessary documentation;
- Returns the original DPP 195 to the R&C worker and provides copies to the PCP family and child’s SSW;
- Provides written progress reports within fifteen (15) calendar days of the end of the monthly reporting period to the R&C worker or designated regional adoption staff, which include the following:
- Documentation of regular and periodic contacts with the adoptive family according to the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP) standards of practice;
- Documentation of monthly face to face contact in the adoptive home with parent(s), child, and other family members;
- Observation and analysis of the relationship/adjustment of the child and adoptive family;
- Any other appropriate comments and recommendations; and
- Target date for achieving permanency (adoption finalization); 5
- Provides or arranges for family and individual counseling, therapy or other resources as needed. PCP staff provides crisis intervention services on a twenty-four (24) hour basis to the PCP foster family;
- Attends required periodic reviews with the R&C worker to present information regarding progress of the placement;
- Notifies the R&C worker immediately if problems occur that affects the stability of the placement, and will initiate an action plan;
- Meets with the R&C worker and PCP foster family to discuss need of additional services or future placement plans ff disruption appears imminent.
- Approved PCP foster families do not have to complete the DCBS approval process.
- No additional training is necessary unless the specific needs of the child require further training.
- Final approval of a foster parent’s request to adopt is the decision of the SRA or designee.
- The petition for adoption may be filed at any time after the DPP-195 Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed by the family and post-adoption assistance agreements, if the child is eligible and the family has requesting assistance, have been approved.
Reimbursement for private child placing (PCP) foster parent adoptions:
- Adoption subsidy training and consultation is available for all Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) staff by calling the central office Adoption Services Branch at (502) 564-2147.
- The foster care per diem is discontinued when the adoptive placement agreement is signed. At this time, the family begins receiving pre-adoptive assistance.
PCP providers submit a billing document, which identifies the child,
- adoptive home and dates of service to the DCBS central office at:
Resource Management Section
275 E. Main Street 3W-C
Frankfort, KY 40621
- A copy of the billing document is retained with the contract by the PCP agency and DCBS.
- The PCP agency is reimbursed $2000 for a single child and $500 for each additional sibling adoption that is finalized in the same home.
- The PCP agency may be reimbursed $35 an hour up to an amount not to exceed $1,500 per case (a case could be either a single child or a sibling group) for provision of crisis intervention services after finalization of adoption. Approval for these services is provided by the appropriate SRA or designee.