A child specific foster home is an approved DCBS family foster home that provides placement for
children related to them by blood, marriage, adoption, or fictive kin. Child specific foster homes go through
the same approval process as regular DCBS foster homes, including pre-service training, home assessments/visits, safety and background checks, and the SAFE home study. A child specific foster parent receives child specific foster care per diem reimbursement for the care of a child in the legal custody of DCBS. In order to support the approval of relative and fictive kin caregivers, non-safety waivers may be applied in the approval of child specific foster homes. Child specific foster homes should be encouraged to meet all standards for foster home approval. However, approvals shall be assessed on a case by case basis to determine waivers that may be necessary for approval.
- Discusses the service array utilizing the Relative Fictive Kin Caregiver Brochure, Service Array Worksheet, and acknowledgment form with the prospective relative or fictive kin caregiver at the time of placement.
- If the relative or fictive kin caregiver decides to pursue approval as a child specific foster parent then the SSW and FSOS will ensure that the child remains or is placed in the custody of the Cabinet.
- The SSW or FSOS will submit a copy of the completed section 1 of the DPP 1277 Home Evaluation to the R&C supervisor within three (3) business days of the caregiver’s decision to purse approval as a foster parent.
- The SSW or FSOS will submit a completed and signed copy of the DPP 1277 Home Evaluation to the R&C supervisor upon completion.
- The R&C worker will assist the relative or fictive kin caregiver in the foster care approval process as outlined in Chapter 12.
- Caregivers that have temporary custody are ineligible for approval as a child specific foster home effective 4/1/19.
- If the relative is not approved as a foster home for safety reasons, a child does not remain in the home, unless custody is transferred from the Cabinet to the relative.