A relative or fictive kin caregiver has the ability to pursue approval as a Department for Community Based Services' (DCBS) foster parent through the relative and fictive kin service array. They may choose to pursue approval as a basic foster home and meet all standards associated with this approval type. They may also choose to pursue approval as a child specific foster home type. To support the approval of relative and fictive kin caregivers, waivers for non-safety standards may be applied in the approval of child specific foster homes. Relative and fictive kin caregivers pursing foster home approval should be encouraged to meet all standards for basic foster home approval. However, child specific approval is utilized for those families that require a waiver of training or a waiver for non-safety standards.
The DPP-179 Relative and Fictive Kin Caregiver Agreement will be completed with the family once they decide to pursue foster parent approval. This agreement will be completed and uploaded when the SSW enters the child into out-of-home care (OOHC). The agreement prompts the Division of Administration and Financial Managment (DAFM) that this is a home that will receive the pre-approval per diem. 1
- The SSW discusses the service array utilizing the Guide for Relative and Fictive Kin Caregivers, Relative and Fictive Kin Service Array Worksheet, and the DPP-1278 Relative Placement Support Benefit Acknowledgment Form with the prospective relative or fictive kin caregiver at the time of placement. The SSW will ensure the family completes the DPP-178 Acknowledgement Statement Options and Available Services for Relative and Fictive Kin Caregivers.
- If the relative or fictive kin caregiver decides to pursue approval as a foster parent, the SSW and FSOS will ensure that the child remains or is placed in the custody of DCBS.
- The SSW or FSOS will submit a copy of the completed section one (1) of the DPP 1277 Safety Check and Review, DPP-178, and DPP-179 Relative and Fictive Kin Caregiver Agreement to the recruitment and certification (R&C) supervisor within three (3) working days of the caregiver’s decision to pursue approval as a foster parent.
- A relative or fictive kin caregiver pursuing foster parent approval is eligible to receive a reduced per diem until the foster home approval is effective. In order to be eligible for this payment, all of the following must apply:
- The child must be in the custody of DCBS;
- The family must be actively pursuing approval as a DCBS foster home; and
- The family must sign the DPP-179.
- The SSW or FSOS will submit a completed and signed copy of the DPP 1277 Safety Check and Review to the R&C supervisor upon completion, within thirty (30) working days.
- The R&C worker will contact the prospective family and enters the inquiry into TWIST.
- The R&C worker will assist the relative or fictive kin caregiver in the foster care approval process as outlined in SOP Chapter 12.3.0.