Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.57 Photography, Videotaping or Audio Taping of a Child in OOHC

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)
4.57 Photography, Videotaping or Audio Taping of a Child in OOHC

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Legal Authority/Introduction


A child in OOHC may not be depicted in a photograph, videotape or audiotape for promotional purposes, or in a manner that would cause the child or family to suffer discomfort or embarrassment.  A child should not be identified as a foster child in any type of publication or public exhibit. 

A consent form is not required for photographs or videotaping that occur as part of the child’s daily routine, and which are not intended for public viewing, such as family photos, photos for the child’s lifebook or case file, school/yearbook pictures, or videotape of a special event for the child. 

Photographs, videotapes or audiotapes of a child who is available for adoption and registered through the Kentucky Adoption Profile Exchange (KAPE) for the purpose of seeking and securing an adoptive placement for the child.  

A recent photograph may also be provided to law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the event a child has gone missing.



The SSW: 

  1. Upon a request for permission to photograph, video or audio tape a child in out of home care considers, on a case specific basis, the following factors:
    1. Nature of the request;
    2. Intended use of the photos or tapes;
    3. Desires of the child; and
    4. Desires of the child’s parent(s), if parental rights are intact; 
  2. Completes the DCBS-2 Release of Information for Photography, Videotaping or Audio Taping to approve the request;
  3. Obtains a DCBS-2 signed by the child’s parent, if parental rights are intact, whenever possible.


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