Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

2.15.1 Investigations of Foster or Adoptive Homes (DCBS or Private Child Placing (PCP) Agencies)

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 2-Child Protective Services (CPS) Intake and Investigation
Effective:
1/22/2014
Section:
2.15.1 Investigations of Foster or Adoptive Homes (DCBS or Private Child Placing (PCP) Agencies)
Version:
2

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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

In addition to the guidelines specified in SOP 2.15 Specialized Investigations, the SSW uses the following procedures in conducting investigations involving DCBS or private child placing (PCP) foster/adoptive homes.

Procedure

Upon accepting a report, the SSW:

  1. Provides copies of the DPP-115 to the parties listed on the CPS Investigative Distribution Chart;
  2. Documents these contacts in the assessment, and:
    1. For DCBS resource homes provides a copy of the DPP-115 to the recruitment and certification (R&C) FSOS; or
    2. For PCP foster/adoptive homes:
      1. Notifies the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC), central office Child Caring/Child Placing Branch, via telephone;
      2. Faxes a copy of the DPP-115 to the central office Child-Caring/Child-Placing (CC/CP) Branch using the Specialized Investigation Fax Coversheet;
      3. Notifies the PCP program director of the impending investigation;
  3. Does not provide a copy of the DPP-115 to the PCP agency;
  4. Follows procedures outlined in SOP 2.15 Specialized Investigations when sending notification of a substantiated or unsubstantiated finding.
  5. Provides notification for:
    1. DCBS resource homes to the regional recruitment and certification (R&C) supervisor; and
    2. PCP foster/adoptive homes to the:
      1. Program director and license holder; and
      2. OIG, DRCC, child-caring/child-placing branch. (Refer to the Distribution Chart for a complete listing).

The SRA or designee, upon staffing the investigation with the SSW:

  1. Requests approval from the Director of Protection & Permanency if any of the following are recommended:
    1. Suspending DCBS placement referrals to a PCP foster/adoptive placement;
    2. Terminating an agreement or contract; or
    3. Substantiation of maltreatment of an individual responsible for the management of a program as specified in SOP 2.15 Specialized Investigations;
  2. Makes a decision to close or continue using the DCBS resource home. 

Practice Guidance 

  • Specialized investigation procedures are not be applicable for homes in which the adoption has been finalized and the home is no longer active for additional foster placements.
  • If abuse, neglect, or dependency is substantiated in a DCBS foster/adoptive resource home, a resource home review of the home is completed, unless the home is being closed. 
  • A resource home review may also be completed to address any concerns or policy violations identified through the course of the investigation, even if the allegations are not substantiated (Refer to SOP 12.17 Resource Home Reviews). 

Related Information

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Office of Inspector General
    Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC)
    Central Office Child-Caring/Child Placing
    Phone:  (502) 564-7962
    Fax:  (502) 564-9350
 

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