Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.11.4 Change in LOC Assignment

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 4-Out of Home Care Services (OOHC)
4.11.4 Change in LOC Assignment

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The SSW and family’s team:

  1. Consult to determine whether the child is to be moved to a placement that better meets his/her service needs and supports his permanency goal when there is a change in the child’s level of care assignment;
  2. Are to consider the generally detrimental effect of moving a child from one placement to another;
  3. Complete a Prevention Plan within ninety (90) days of a the change in LOC that is designed to:
    1. Focus on the individual needs of the child when the LOC is changed to a three (3) or lower; and
    2. Move a child from a PCC residential setting into a foster home.

Contingencies and Clarifications

  1. If it is determined that a child with a LOC of three (3) needs to be placed in a PCC residential or remain in one, an exception is requested through the central office Out of Home Care Branch. 


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