Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

12.17 Foster and Adoptive Home Reviews

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 12-Resource Family Recruitment, Certification and Reimbursement
12.17 Foster and Adoptive Home Reviews

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The R&C Worker:

  1. Completes a review within thirty (30) calendar days of notification of a factor that may place unusual stress on the family or create a situation that may place a child at risk, including, but not limited to the following occurrences;
    1. A family member dies;
    2. A family member becomes disabled;
    3. foster/adoptive home parent’s ability to provide care for a DCBS child due to a sudden onset of a health condition;
    4. Change in marital status: When an approved foster or adoptive home parent marries, within six (6) months the new spouse meets the requirements to be approved as a foster or adoptive home parent, per SOP 12.5 Pre-Service Family Preparation Training, in order for the home to remain open; 1 
    5. Loss of income or a substantial and sudden decrease in income;
    6. Birth of a child;
    7. A family moves into a different residence;
    8. Use of a prohibited form of discipline or punishment, which includes:
      1. Cruel, severe, or humiliating actions;
      2. Corporal punishment inflicted in any manner;
      3. Denial of food, clothing, or shelter;
      4. Withholding implementation of the child’s case plan;
      5. Denial of visits, telephone or mail contacts with family members, unless authorized by a court of competent jurisdiction;
      6. Assignment of extremely strenuous exercise or work;
    9. Foster or adoptive home parent is cited with, charged with, or arrested due to a violation of law other than a minor traffic offense;
    10. Other factors that jeopardize the emotional, mental, physical well-being of the child as defined by Cabinet;
    11. A report of abuse, neglect or dependency that results in a finding that is substantiated or reveals concerns relating to the health, safety and well-being of a child; and
    12. Additional training needs are identified for a family approved as a child specific foster home.
  2. Submits the narrative to the SRA or designee for review and approval. 2 

Practice Guidance

  • The narrative of the review contains:
    • Identifying information;
    • Current composition of the household;
    • A description of the situation that initiated the review;
    • An evaluation of the family functioning to determine if the child's needs are met; and
    • A plan for corrective action that may include a recommendation for closure of the foster or adoptive home.


  1. If there are concerns about the new spouse’s ability to care for children, but there is a child currently placed in the home, intake is closed until there is resolution of the concern.
  2. A copy of a review on a medically complex foster or adoptive home is also submitted to the SRA or designee and to the Division of Protection and Permanency Medical Support Section.


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