Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.60 State I.D. and Driver's License for Children in the Custody of the Cabinet

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 4-Out of Home Care Services (OOHC)
Effective:
10/1/2018
Section:
4.60 State I.D. and Driver's License for Children in the Custody of the Cabinet
Version:
4

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Legal Authority/Introduction

 

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

 
 

 

 

Procedure 

 

State Identification Card

 

  1. The SSW will provide youth in out of home care (OOHC) a signed copy of the Cabinet Verification of Youth's Custody/Commitment Status letter, signed by DCBS worker, indicating who is approved to sign for youth's application for a state identification card (I.D.).
  2. To apply for an I.D. the youth will provide the verification letter, original birth certificate, and social security card to the Department of Motor Vehicles
 

 Driver's Instructional Permit

 

 

 
  1. The SSW, or other Cabinet staff, may not sign an application for a driver’s license or permit for a youth in out of home care (OOHC) under the age of (18) eighteen, including children whose parent's rights have been terminated and are awaiting permanency.
  2. An application to obtain a driver's license or permit for a youth in the custody of the cabinet may be signed by:
    1. The youth's parent, legal guardian, grandparent, adult sibling, aunt or uncle, if parental rights have not been terminated;
    2. Another person who is at least age eighteen (18);
    3. The foster parent or caregiver with whom the youth resides when the reasonable and prudent parent standard is applied in partnership with the cabinet; or
    4. The youth, without another person upon verification:
      1. By the cabinet that the youth is in the custody or commitment of the cabinet; and
      2. That the youth has an insurance policy.
  3. The SSW, in collaboration with the youth's foster parent or caregiver, uses the reasonable and prudent parent standard to determine the youth's readiness to obtain an instructional permit and driver's license. 
  4. The independent living specialist (ILS) convenes and facilitates a meeting to discuss the requirements for applying for a driver's permit under the graduated driving program in Kentucky.  The meeting includes, but is not limited to, the following participants:
    1. SSW (as available);
    2. Child;
    3. Caregiver;
    4. Foster parent;
    5. Any other significant person in the child's life, who can assist in the determination.
  5. The independent living specialist (ILS):
    1. Reviews the DPP-17 Readiness for Driving Agreement and completes it with meeting participants during the meeting
    2. Informs the child, or other person signing the application is aware they will be held jointly liable with the minor for any damages caused by negligence;
    3. Informs the youth that the cabinet, or anyone who signs permission for the youth to obtain their permit or license, can file a verified request with the Transportation Cabinet to cancel a youth's permit or license, if at any time the child no longer meets the requirements to maintain a license.
  6. The ILS may hold follow-up meetings as necessary.
  7. The SSW provides the youth with a signed copy of the Cabinet Verification of Youth's Custody/Commitment Status letter, signed by the SRA or designee, if it is determined that the youth will be approved to pursue attainment of his/her permit or license. 1
 

 

 

Practice Guidance

 
  • As funds allow, youth in OOHC age sixteen (16) through twenty one (21) or their caregiver may request reimbursement, up to five hundred dollars ($500), for the cost of completing a state approved driver's education program. Caregivers should request reimbursement by providing proof of payment and the signed Cabinet Verification of Youth's Custody/Commitment Status letter to the regional billing specialist.  Youth should request reimbursement by providing itemized proof of payment to their regional independent living specialist.  Youth and caregivers can also request direct payment to the vendor by providing an invoice to the regional independent living specialist. 
  • As funds allow, caregivers of youth age sixteen (16) through eighteen (18) in OOHC can request reimbursement for the cost of adding youth to their personal vehicle insurance policy. Caregivers should request quarterly reimbursement via their monthly boarding statement.  Caregivers should provide a statement from their insurance company, detailing the added cost incurred for covering the youth, along with a the signed verification of commitment letter. 
  • If a youth causes damage to the caregiver's vehicle while driving, the caregiver can request reimbursement of their deductible, up to one thousand dollars ($1,000). The caregiver should submit proof of payment and signed verification of commitment letter to the regional billing specialist.
  • Central office staff on the Out of Home Care Branch are available for consultation and guidance as needed.
 
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  2. The child is required to provide a copy of their custody or commitment order to the SSW before verification of their custody/commitment status can be provided.

 

 

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