Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.51 Obtaining Relative Health Histories

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
Effective:
12/3/2010
Section:
13.51 Obtaining Relative Health Histories
Version:
1

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

The SSW: 

  1. Obtains the health history of the biological parents and other relatives on the DPP-191 Information to be Obtained From Placing Parent;
  2. Obtains a signed copy of the DPP-192 Biological Parent Consent Form from the biological parent;
  3. Submits copies of pages four (4) and six (6) of the DPP-191 and the original DPP-192 to the Circuit or Family court and copies of pages four (4) and six (6) of the DPP-191 are provided to the adoptive parents upon receipt of the forms from the biological parent;
  4. Makes diligent efforts to notify the prospective adoptive family, if at any time during the adoption process, the Cabinet is notified of a medical or genetic condition of the biological relatives that may affect the child being placed for adoption;
  5. Complies with any further requests from the court for information pertaining to the adoption if permission is granted by the service region administrator (SRA) or designee to forego completion of the court report (see SRA or designee tasks below). 1 

 

The SRA or designee:

  1. Notifies the court in writing if there is a lack of resources available to complete the court report;
  2. Notifies the SSW if approval is granted to forego completion of a court report for a relative or stepparent adoption due to lack of resources.

Practice Guidance

  • In step-parent adoptions, only the biological parent releasing the child for adoption is required to complete the DPP-191.
  • The biological parent who is the spouse of the adopting parent is asked to complete pages four (4) and six (6) of the DPP-191 in order to provide health history on both parents for the court record.
  • In relative and step-parent adoptions when the biological parents reside out of state, requests for completion of the DPP-191 and DPP-192 are sent directly to the parent, not through the interstate compact coordinator.  
  • In those instances in which a report to the court is to be completed and the report becomes due before a response to the out of state request is available, the report is sent to the judge with an explanation that the missing portion will be forwarded upon receipt of the out of state response.
 

Footnotes

  1. In those cases in which a court report is not completed, requests for completion of the DPP-191 and DPP-192 are sent directly to the biological parents.

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