922 KAR 1:310. Standards for child-placing agencies.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS 2.015, 17.165, 17.500(8), 158.135(1)(c), 194A.060, 199.011, 199.430(3), 199.470, 199.492, 199.493, 199.510, 199.520, 199.570, 199.572, 199.590, 199.640, 199.645, 199.650-199.670, 216.300, 273.161(7), 311.720(9), 311.840(3), 314.011(5), (7), (9), 503.110(1), 527.100, 527.110, 600.020, 605.090(1), 610.110(6), 615.010-615.990, 620.030, 620.090(2), 620.140(1)(d), 620.230(3), Chapter 625, 16 C.F.R. 1508 and 1509, 45 C.F.R. Parts 160, 164, 1355.34, 8 U.S.C. 1151, 42 U.S.C. 671(a)(23), 42 U.S.C. 677(a)(1)-(6), 14901-14954

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 194A.050(1), 199.640(5)(a), 605.150(1)

      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 194A.050(1) requires the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate, administer, and enforce those administrative regulations necessary to implement programs mandated by federal law or to qualify for the receipt of federal funds and necessary to cooperate with other state and federal agencies for the proper administration of the cabinet and its programs. KRS 199.640(5)(a) requires the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations establishing basic standards of care and service for child-caring facilities and child-placing agencies. KRS 605.150(1) permits the cabinet to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the provisions of KRS Chapter 605. This administrative regulation establishes basic standards for child-placing agencies.

 

      Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Adequate supervision" means adult oversight of a child’s activities with consideration of the child’s past and current:

      (a) Incidents;

      (b) High risk behaviors; and

      (c) Needs.

      (2) "Adoption" means the legal process by which a child becomes the child of a person or persons other than biological parents.

      (3) "Aftercare" means services provided to the child after discharge from a child-placing agency.

      (4) "Applicant" means an individual or a family subject to approval by the child-placing agency as a:

      (a) Foster home; or

      (b) Adoptive home.

      (5) "Board of directors" is defined by KRS 273.161(7).

      (6) "Case management" means a process whereby a state agency or child-placing agency assesses the individualized needs of a child or family, arranges for the provision of services, and maintains documentation of actions and outcomes.

      (7) "Child" is defined by KRS 199.011(4) and 600.020(8) and may include:

      (a) A person age eighteen (18) or older whose commitment to the cabinet has been extended or reinstated by a court in accordance with KRS 610.110(6) or 620.140(1)(d); or

      (b) A child who meets the exceptions to the age of majority in accordance with KRS 2.015.

      (8) "Child-placing agency" is defined by KRS 199.011(7).

      (9) "College or university" means:

      (a) An institution accredited by one (1) of the eleven (11) regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education;

      (b) For a Kentucky institution, one that is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education or the Kentucky Board for Proprietary Education; and

      (c) For an out-of-state institution, one that is licensed in its home state if licensure is required in that state.

      (10) "Community resource" means a service or activity available in the community that supplements those provided by the child-placing agency in the care and treatment of a child.

      (11) "Executive director" means the person employed by the board of directors to be responsible for the overall administration and management of a child-placing agency.

      (12) "Foster home" means:

      (a) A "foster family home" as defined by KRS 199.011(9) and 600.020(26), if referring to a physical structure; or

      (b) Any individual approved as a foster parent by the child-placing agency, if referring to an individual.

      (13) "Home study" means an assessment done on a prospective foster or adoptive home by a social services worker.

      (14) "Independent living program" means a planned program that:

      (a) Is licensed by the cabinet and designed to teach a child age sixteen (16) or older life skills that enable a child to become self-sufficient; and

      (b) Meets requirements specified in Section 17(1) of this administrative regulation.

      (15) "Independent living services" means services provided to an eligible child, as described in Section 16 of this administrative regulation, to assist the child in the transition from dependency of childhood to living independently.

      (16) "Individual treatment plan" or "ITP" means a plan of action developed and implemented to address the needs of a child.

      (17) "Licensed health care professional" is defined by KRS 216.300(1).

      (18) "Medically-fragile child" means a child who is determined to have a medical condition as specified in 922 KAR 1:350.

      (19) "Mental health treatment" means services provided to an individual determined to have emotional, mental, or behavioral problems.

      (20) "Placement" means a foster or adoptive home that has been approved by completing an application process, home study and required preparation.

      (21) "Program director" means the person responsible for supervising the day-to-day operation of the program.

      (22) "Respite care" means temporary care provided by another individual or family to:

      (a) Provide relief to a foster care parent, therapeutic foster care parent, or medically-fragile foster parent; or

      (b) Allow an adjustment period for the child placed in out-of-home care.

      (23) Sex crime is defined by KRS 17.500(8).

      (24) "Social services" means a planned program of assistance to help an individual move toward a mutual adjustment of the individual and the individual's environment.

      (25) "Social services worker" means a person who meets the qualifications as specified in Section 2(4)(c) of this administrative regulation.

      (26) "Supervision Plan" means a written supplement to a child’s ITP, developed pursuant to Section 6(7)(b)2 of this administrative regulation, that details a child-placing agency’s roles and responsibilities to assure adequate supervision of a child in the agency’s care, including those roles and responsibilities delegated to a foster home parent.

      (27) "Therapeutic foster care" is defined by KRS 158.135(1)(c).

      (28) "Therapeutic services" means clinical or supportive services provided to a child with severe emotional or behavioral needs.

      (29) "Treatment director" means an individual who meets the qualifications as specified in Section 2(4)(d) of this administrative regulation.

 

      Section 2. Administration and Operation. (1) Licensing procedures.

      (a) Licensing procedures for a child-placing agency shall be administered pursuant to 922 KAR 1:305.

      (b) An independent living program shall be an optional component of the child-placing agency's license.

      (c) A child-placing agency shall obtain accreditation within two (2) years of initial licensure or within two (2) years of acquiring an agreement with the cabinet to provide private child care services, whichever is later. Accreditation shall be from a nationally-recognized accreditation organization, such as:

      1. The Council on Accreditation; or

      2. The Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations.

      (2) Board of directors. The child-placing agency shall have a board of directors, or an advisory board if the child-placing agency is a privately-held for-profit organization, that shall:

      (a) Consist of a minimum of seven (7) members;

      (b) Meet at least quarterly;

      (c) Cause minutes of the meeting to be taken and kept in written form;

      (d) Be responsible for and have the authority to ensure the continuing compliance with the requirements established by this administrative regulation;

      (e) Approve a mission statement delineating the:

      1. Purpose;

      2. Objective;

      3. Scope of services to be provided; and

      4. Intake policy specifying the type of child to be accepted for care;

      (f) Hire, supervise, and annually evaluate the executive director of the child-placing agency; and

      (g) Delineate in writing the duties of the executive director.

      (3) Executive director.

      (a) The executive director shall:

      1. Be responsible for the child-placing agency and its affiliates, pursuant to the child-placing agency's written policies and procedures;

      2. Oversee all aspects of the child-placing agency; and

      3. Report to the board, on a quarterly basis, the following:

      a. Evaluation of program services;

      b. Measurement of attainment of the objective established pursuant to subsection (2)(e)2 of this section;

      c. Staff training; and

      d. Incident reports.

      (b) The criteria and process of the evaluation required in paragraph (a)3a of this subsection shall be approved by the board annually.

      (c) If the executive director is not available, a designated staff person shall be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the child-placing agency.

      (4) Staff qualifications.

      (a) An executive director shall possess the following qualifications:

      1.a. A master's degree from a college or university in any of the following human services fields:

      (i) Social work;

      (ii) Sociology;

      (iii) Psychology;

      (iv) Guidance and counseling;

      (v) Education;

      (vi) Religious education;

      (vii) Business administration;

      (viii) Criminal justice;

      (ix) Public administration;

      (x) Child-care administration;

      (xi) Nursing;

      (xii) Family studies; or

      (xiii) Another human service field related to working with families and children; and

      b. Two (2) years of work experience in a human services program; or

      2.a. A bachelor's degree with a major in a discipline designated in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph; and

      (b) Four (4) years work experience in a human services program.

      (b) A licensed child-placing agency shall have one (1) member of the social work staff designated as program director who shall hold:

      1. A master's degree from a college or university in social work or in a discipline designated in paragraph (a)1 of this subsection; or

      2.a. A bachelor's degree from a college or university in social work or in a discipline designated in paragraph (a)1 of this subsection; and

      b. At least two (2) years professional experience in working with a child or family.

      (c) A social services worker shall:

      1. Be responsible for social work, counseling or planning and coordinating services to a child; and

      2. Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in social work or a human services field.

      (d) A treatment director shall:

      1. Oversee the day-to-day operation of the treatment program;

      2. Hold at least a master's degree from a college or university in a human services discipline; and

      3. Have at least five (5) years total experience in mental health treatment, with a minimum of three (3) years experience in mental health treatment of children with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.

      (e)1. A child-placing agency contracting for the service of a social services worker not on the staff of the child-placing agency shall obtain documentation that the social services worker meets the qualifications in paragraph (c) of this subsection.

      2. An agreement for this provision of service shall be on file at the child-placing agency and shall specify the qualifications of the social services worker.

      (f) The program director shall supervise social service staff.

      (g) In a therapeutic foster care program, a person meeting the qualifications of a treatment director shall carry out approval and evaluation of services.

      (h) Social services staff shall not carry a caseload of more than twenty (20) children.

      (5) Personnel policy.

      (a) A child-placing agency shall have and comply with written personnel policies and procedures.

      (b) An employee shall:

      1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

      2. Submit to a criminal background check in accordance with KRS 17.165 and a central registry check in accordance with 922 KAR 1:470; and

      3. Submit to a new criminal background check in accordance with KRS 17.165 and central registry check in accordance with 922 KAR 1:470 once every two (2) years.

      (c)1. If a substantiated allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child has been made against a person, a child-placing agency shall not employ the person or allow the person to volunteer in a position involving direct contact with a child.

      2. The cabinet shall respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child in accordance with 922 KAR 1:330 and 922 KAR 1:480.

      (d) A current personnel record shall be maintained for an employee that includes the following:

      1. Name, address, Social Security number, date of employment, and date of birth;

      2. Evidence of qualifications, including degree from a college or university, current registration, certification, or licensure;

      3. Record of participation in staff development;

      4. Record of performance evaluation;

      5. Criminal records and central registry checks pursuant to paragraph (b)2 and 3 of this subsection;

      6. Record of a physical exam related to employment, as specified in the child-placing agency's policies and procedures;

      7. Personnel action;

      8. Application for employment, resume, or contract; and

      9. Evidence of personnel orientation.

      (e) The child-placing agency shall have an ongoing staff development program under the supervision of a designated staff member.

      (f) An employee under indictment, legally charged with felonious conduct, or subject to a cabinet investigation in accordance with 922 KAR 1:330 shall:

      1. Be immediately removed from contact with a child; and

      2. Not be allowed to work with the child until:

      a. A prevention plan has been written and approved by a designated regional cabinet staff;

      b. The person is cleared of the charge; or

      c. A cabinet investigation reveals an unsubstantiated finding, if the charge resulted from an allegation of child:

      (i) Abuse;

      (ii) Neglect; or

      (iii) Exploitation.

      (g) Unless the volunteer is a practicum student, a volunteer who performs a similar function as paid staff described in subsection (4) of this section shall meet the same requirements and qualifications.

      (h) Practicum students and volunteers shall submit to a background check and any other mandatory requirements listed in subsection (5)(b) and (c) of this section.

      (i) A current personnel record shall be maintained for a practicum student or volunteer that includes the following:

      1. Name, address, Social Security number, starting date, and date of birth;

      2. Evidence of qualifications if the volunteer performs a similar function as paid staff; and

      3. Criminal records and central registry checks pursuant to paragraph (h) of this subsection.

 

      Section 3. Interstate Placement. (1) Prior to accepting a child from another state or prior to placing a child outside Kentucky, the child-placing agency shall comply with:

      (a) KRS 615.030 to 615.040, Interstate Compact on Placement of Children;

      (b) KRS 615.010, Interstate Compact for Juveniles; and

      (c) 42 U.S.C. 671(a)(23).

      (2) If a child committed to the cabinet makes a brief visit out of state, not accompanied by child-placing agency personnel, the child-placing agency shall obtain prior consent of designated regional cabinet staff.

      (3) A child-placing agency shall comply with subsection (1) of this section if a child placed with the child-placing agency visits or receives respite care in another state for a period to exceed:

      (a) Thirty (30) days; or

      (b) The child’s school vacation period.

      (4) If an emergency placement of a child into a licensed child-placing agency is made, the placement source shall be responsible for compliance with KRS 615.030 to 615.040.

 

      Section 4. Evaluation of an Applicant. (1) A child-placing agency's social services staff shall recruit a prospective foster or adoptive home.

      (2) A child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Complete a home study; and

      (b) Approve the home prior to the placement of a child.

      (3) Documentation of the home study shall include the following:

      (a) A personal interview with each member of the applicant's household;

      (b) An assessment of the attitude of each member of the applicant's household toward the placement of a child into the home or adoption;

      (c) Observations of the functioning of the applicant's household, including interpersonal relationships and patterns of interaction;

      (d) The applicant's ability to accept a child's relationship with the child's family of origin;

      (e) Proof of the applicant's:

      1. Identity, such as a federally or state-issued photo identification card;

      2. Age of twenty-one (21) years or older, unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (4) of this section; and

      3. United States citizenship, such as a birth certificate, or legal alien status, such as a permanent resident card, as described in 8 U.S.C. 1151;

      (f) A statement for each member of the applicant's household that shall be signed by a licensed physician or licensed health care professional verifying that the individual:

1. Is free of a communicable or infectious disease; and

2. Has no illness or condition that would present a health or safety risk to a child placed in the applicant's home;

      (g) A signed statement by a licensed physician or licensed health professional regarding the applicant's physical ability to provide necessary care for a child;

      (h) Verification that the applicant has a source of income separate from:

      1. Foster care reimbursement; or

      2. Adoption assistance;

      (i) The name of three (3) personal references who:

      1. Are not related to the applicant; and

      2.a. Shall be interviewed by the child-placing agency staff in person or by telephone; or

      b. Shall provide letters of reference for the applicant;

      (j) Verification that the applicant's financial stability has been assessed and approved in accordance with a child-placing agency's written policies and procedures;

      (k) Documentation of any interview with an adult child of the applicant, who does not live in the applicant's home, regarding the applicant's parenting history;

      (l) If applicable, verification from the applicant regarding a:

      1. Previous divorce;

      2. Death of a spouse; or

      3. Present marriage;

      (m) If the applicant does not have custody of the applicant’s own child:

      1. A copy of a visitation order;

      2. A copy of a child support order; and

      3. Proof of current payment of child support;

      (n) Proof that the child-placing agency performed background checks on the applicant and any member of the applicant’s household in accordance with criteria established in 922 KAR 1:490;

      (o) Documentation that the applicant has access to:

      1. Transportation that meets the child's needs;

      2. School;

      3. Recreation;

      4. Medical care; and

      5. Community facilities;

      (p) If an applicant or household member will be transporting a foster child, proof that the individual possesses a valid driver's license and has automobile or driver's insurance coverage;

      (q) Documentation that the applicant's home:

      1. Does not present a hazard to the health and safety of a child;

      2. Is well heated and ventilated;

      3. Complies with state and local health requirements regarding water and sanitation; and

      4. Provides in- or out-of-door recreation space appropriate to the developmental needs of a child placed in the applicant's home;

      (r) Verification that:

      1. No more than four (4) children, including the applicant's own children, shall share a bedroom; and

      2. A foster parent shall not share a bedroom with a child in the custody of a state agency, unless prior approval is obtained from the state agency;

      (s) Verification that an individual bed:

      1. Is provided for each child in the home;

      2. If the child is under age one (1), is a crib that meets the Consumer Products Safety Commission Standards pursuant to 16 C.F.R. 1508 and 1509; and

      3. Is age and size appropriate for the child;

      (t) Verification that:

      1. Medication is locked, unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (10) of this section; and

      2. The following are inaccessible to a child:

      a. Alcoholic beverages;

      b. poisonous or hazardous materials; and

      c. Ammunition and firearms in accordance with KRS 527.100 and 527.110;

      (u) Proof that the applicant has:

      1. First aid supplies with unexpired dates available and stored in a place easily accessible by the foster parent;

      2. A working telephone; and

      3. A working smoke alarm within ten (10) feet of each bedroom;

      (v) If a business open to the public adjoins the applicant’s household, consideration of potential negative impacts on the child and family, including:

      1. Hours of operation;

      2. Type of business; and

      3. Clientele; and

      (w) If an applicant was approved to foster or adopt a child by another child placing agency or the cabinet and the applicant's home was closed, verification of the closure and a statement to indicate whether the closure was at the request of the applicant or the agency.

      (4) Exception to subsection (3)(e)2 of this section shall be granted if the applicant is:

      (a) Between eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21) years of age;

      (b) A relative of the child to be placed in the applicant's home; and

      (c) Able to meet the needs of the child to be placed in the applicant's home.

      (5) For each potential applicant evaluated, the child-placing agency shall keep a written record of the findings of the home study and the evidence on which the findings are based.

      (6)(a) Following approval as a foster home, the approving child-placing agency may request written approval from the state agency with custody of the child, for the foster home to provide services as a certified:

      1. Provider of Supports for Community Living in accordance with 907 KAR 1:145;

      2. Therapeutic foster care provider for adults in accordance with 907 KAR 3:030; or

      3. Family child care home in accordance with 922 KAR 2:100.

      (b) Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this subsection, an approved foster home shall not simultaneously:

      1. Provide day care center services in accordance with 922 KAR 2:090; and

      2. Be used as a licensed or certified health care or social service provider.

      (7) An employee of the department who provides protection and permanency services shall be prohibited from becoming a foster parent or respite care provider for a child in the custody of the cabinet, unless the:

      (a) Employee was a foster parent or respite care provider for the child at the time employment with the department in protection and permanency services began; and

      (b) Commissioner approves, in writing, the employee to be a foster parent or respite care provider for the child.

      (8) An employee of the department who provides protection and permanency services may apply to adopt a child in the custody of the cabinet if the:

      (a) Employee had:

      1. No relationship with the child or a parent of the child prior to the termination of parental rights in accordance with KRS Chapter 625, unless the employee is a relative of the child; or

      2. Adopted a sibling of the child available for adoption; and

      (b) Commissioner approves, in writing, the employee to adopt.

      (9)(a) A child-placing agency shall develop written policies and procedures regarding employees of the child-placing agency serving as:

      1. A foster parent;

      2. An adoptive parent; or

      3. A respite care provider.

      (b) Policies and procedures developed in accordance with paragraph (a) of this subsection shall address the prevention or appearance of:

      1. A conflict of interest; or

      2. Misuse of influence.

      (10) A child-placing agency may make an exception to subsection (3)(t)1 of this section if:

      (a) The exception is documented in the ITP of a child placed in the foster or prospective adoptive home;

      (b) The child is learning to self-administer medicine under the supervision of the foster or prospective adoptive parent or other caretaker; and

      (c) Measures are taken to prevent unauthorized access by another child in the same home.

      (11) If an applicant is approved as a foster home, adoptive home, or respite care provider by a state agency or another child-placing agency, a child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Conduct a home study in accordance with subsections (2), (3), and (5) of this section; and

      (b)1. Document that the applicant meets training requirements in accordance with Section 5, 7, 10, 13, or 19 of this administrative regulation; and

      2. If an applicant lacks training in accordance with subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, the child-placing agency shall, prior to placement of a child in the home:

      a. Provide training in accordance with Section 5, 7, 10, 13, or 19 of this administrative regulation; or

      b.(i) Develop an individualized curriculum to fulfill unmet training needs; and

      (ii) Document the applicant’s compliance with the individualized curriculum.

 

      Section 5. Orientation and Preparation of a Foster Home. A child-placing agency shall:

      (1) Develop and maintain an orientation and preparation curriculum to be kept on file;

      (2) Provide a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of orientation and preparation to a prospective foster parent, to include the following:

      (a)1. Child-placing agency program description with mission statement;

      2. Information about the rights and responsibilities of the home; and

      3. Background information about the foster child and the child’s family, including information in accordance with KRS 605.090(1)(b);

      (b) An example of an actual experience from a foster parent that has fostered a child;

      (c) Information regarding:

      1. The stages of grief;

      2. Identification of the behavior linked to each stage;

      3. The long-term effect of separation and loss on a child;

      4. Permanency planning for a child, including independent living services;

      5. The importance of attachment on a child's growth and development and how a child may maintain or develop a healthy attachment;

      6. Family functioning, values, and expectations of a foster home;

      7. Cultural competency;

      8. How a child enters and experiences foster care, and the importance of achieving permanency; and

      9. The importance of birth family and culture and helping children leave foster care;

      (d) Identification of changes that may occur in the home if a placement occurs, to include:

      1. Family adjustment and disruption;

      2. Identity issues; and

      3. Discipline issues and child behavior management; and

      (e) Specific requirements and responsibilities of a foster parent.

      (3) Maintain an ongoing foster home preparation and training program that:

      (a) Provides a minimum of six (6) hours of foster home training annually; and

      (b) Maintains a record of preparation and training completed.

 

      Section 6. Placement, Case Management, and Supervision of a Child in a Foster Home, Medically-fragile Foster Home, or Therapeutic Foster Care Home. (1) A child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Place a child only in an approved foster home; and

      (b) Keep a child who has been committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for the commission of a sex crime in a separate foster home or prospective adoptive home from a child committed to the Cabinet in accordance with KRS 605.090(1), 620.090(2), and 620.230(3).

      (2) A child-placing agency shall select a foster home for a child based upon the individual needs of the child, including:

      (a) The child’s assessment and ITP, if available;

      (b) Any information concerning the child's needs in placement; and

      (c) Measures to support the safety of the child, such as a placement restriction in accordance with subsection (1)(b) of this section, or another child in the foster home.

      (3) A child shall participate in the intake process and in the decision that placement is appropriate, to the extent that the child's age, maturity, adjustment, family relationships, and the circumstance necessitating placement justify the child's participation.

      (4) Unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (6) of this section:

      (a) The number of children residing in a foster home by a child-placing agency shall not exceed six (6), including the foster parent’s own children.

      (b) The number of children residing in a foster home that cares for a child in the custody of the cabinet shall not exceed five (5), including the foster parent’s own children.

      (5) Unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (6) of this section, a child-placing agency shall have a maximum of two (2) children under two (2) years of age placed in the same foster home at the same time, with the exception of a sibling group, who may remain together.

      (6)(a) Justification for an exception to subsection (4)(a) or (5) of this section shall be:

      1. Documented in the foster parent file; and

      2. Authorized by the program director.

      (b) For a foster home that cares for a child in the custody of the cabinet, the child-placing agency shall submit a written justification for an exception to subsection (4)(b) or (5) of this section in accordance with 922 KAR 1:350, Section 2(2).

      (7) The child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Assess a child to be placed in foster care;

      (b) Within thirty (30) days of a child’s placement, develop:

      1. An ITP based upon the individual needs of the child and, if appropriate, the child’s family, which addresses the:

      a. Visitation, health, and educational needs of the child;

      b. Child’s permanency goals and related objectives;

      c. Methods for accomplishing each goal and objective; and

      d. Designation of an individual or individuals responsible for completion of each goal and objective; and

      2. A supervision plan for the child which:

      a. Is attached to the child’s ITP;

      b. Identifies the current supervision needs of and expectations for the child based upon the child’s recent and past:

      (i) Incidents;

      (ii) High-risk behaviors; and

      (iii) Needs identified in the assessment conducted pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection;

      c. Includes goals and objectives for the child’s improvement with tasks assigned to the child-placing agency and foster home parent;

      d. Is signed and dated by the social service worker and foster home parent; and

      e. Remains a part of the child’s record;

      (c) Review a child’s ITP and supervision plan on a quarterly basis or more frequently as the child’s needs or circumstances dictate;

      (d) Have a written agreement with the foster home stating the:

      1. Responsibilities of the:

      a. Child-placing agency; and

      b. Foster home; and

      2. Terms of each placement;

      (e) Require a foster home to certify, in writing, that supervision from the child-placing agency or the state agency, which has custody of the child, shall be allowed;

      (f) Document a placement in the foster home file;

      (g) Report immediately to the state agency which has custody of the child if there is:

      1. A life-threatening accident or illness;

      2. An absence without official leave;

      3. A suicide attempt;

      4. Criminal activity by the child requiring notification of law enforcement;

      5. Death; or

      6. Possession of a deadly weapon by a child;

      (h) Report, if applicable, within two (2) business days to the state agency which has custody of the child if there is a:

      1. Change in address;

      2. Change in the number of people living in the home; or

      3. Significant change in the foster home, such as changes in health or income status of an individual living in the foster home;

      (i) Establish policies and procedures for supervision of a foster home by a worker other than the social services worker assigned to the foster home, who meets qualifications specified in Section 2(4)(c) of this administrative regulation to:

      1. Include:

      a. Frequency of an in-home visit with the foster parent;

      b. Means of supervision;

      c. Methods of supervision; and

      d. Personnel conducting the supervision;

      2. Ensure a foster child’s placement stability and safety; and

      3. Be individualized, as needed, for the:

      a. Child; or

      b. Foster home;

      (j) Identify and make available necessary supports to a foster home, including:

      1. A plan for respite care in accordance with Section 13 of this administrative regulation;

      2. Twenty-four (24) hour crisis intervention; and

      3. A foster home support group;

      (k) Assure that a child receives care and services, including independent living services:

      1. In accordance with Section 16 of this administrative regulation; and

      2. As prescribed by the child’s needs as assessed in the child’s ITP;

      (l) Provide information to a foster parent regarding the behavior and development of the child placed by the child-placing agency;

      (m) Inform the foster parent, in accordance with KRS 605.090(1)(b), of:

      1. Inappropriate sexual acts or sexual behavior of the child as specifically known to the child-placing agency; and

      2. Any behaviors of the child that indicate a safety risk for the placement;

      (n) Document each effort to:

      1. Protect the legal rights of the family and the child; and

      2. Maintain the bond between the child and the child’s family, in accordance with the child’s permanency plan;

      (o) Assure that a child shall have, for the child’s exclusive use, clothing comparable in quality and variety to that worn by other children with whom the child may associate;

      (p) Be responsible for monitoring the child's school progress and attendance;

      (q) Secure psychological and psychiatric services, vocational counseling, or other services if indicated by the child's needs;

      (r) Reassess and document quarterly, in the child’s ITP, placement and permanency goals, including independent living services, in accordance with Section 16 of this administrative regulation;

      (s) Conduct and document a face-to-face visit with the child at least once per month; and

      (t) Maintain foster care records in accordance with Section 18 of this administrative regulation.

      (8) Without prior notification to and written authorization from the Kentucky Interstate Compact Administrator, a child shall not be:

      (a) Placed with a family that normally resides in another state; or

      (b) Permitted to go with a person to take up residence in another state.

      (9)(a) An approved foster home in use shall be evaluated on an annual basis for compliance with responsibilities listed in the written agreement described in subsection (7)(d) of this section.

      (b) Results shall be recorded in the foster parent file.

      (10) Factors that shall result in a review of a foster home shall include:

      (a) Death or disability of a family member;

      (b) Sudden onset of a health condition that impairs a foster parent’s ability to care for a child placed in the home;

      (c) Change in marital status or home address;

      (d) Sudden, substantial decrease in, or loss of, income;

      (e) Child birth;

      (f) Use of a form of punishment that 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 ITP;

      5. Denial of visits, telephone or mail contacts with family members, unless authorized by court of competent jurisdiction; and

      6. Assignment of extremely strenuous exercise or work;

      (g) A report of abuse, neglect, or dependency that results in a finding that is:

      1. Substantiated; or

      2. Reveals concern regarding the care of the child;

      (h) If the foster parent is cited with, charged with, or arrested due to a violation of law other than a minor traffic offense;

      (i) An incident required to be reported in accordance with Sections 6(7)(g) and (h), and 12(6) and (7) of this administrative regulation; or

      (j) Other factors identified by a child-placing agency that jeopardize the physical, mental, or emotional well being of the child.

      (11) The documentation of a review, specified in subsection (10) of this section, shall contain:

      (a) Identifying information;

      (b) Current composition of the household;

      (c) Description of the situation that initiated the review;

      (d) An assessment of the family functioning to determine if the child’s needs are met; and

      (e) Corrective action that may include a recommendation for closure of the foster home.

 

      Section 7. Orientation and Preparation of a Therapeutic Foster Care Home. (1) A child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Maintain the orientation and preparation curriculum on file; and

      (b) Provide a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of orientation and preparation for a prospective therapeutic foster care parent that shall incorporate the following topic areas:

      1.a. Child-placing agency program description with mission statement;

      b. Information about the rights and responsibilities of the therapeutic foster care home; and

      c. Background information about a foster child and the child’s family;

      2. An example of an actual experience of a therapeutic foster care parent that has fostered a child;

      3. Stages of grief;

      4. Behaviors linked to each stage of grief;

      5. Long-term effects on a child from separation and loss;

      6. Permanency planning for a child, including independent living services;

      7. Importance of attachment on a child's growth and development and the way a child maintains and develops a healthy attachment, including attachment disorder and associated behaviors;

      8. Family functioning, values, and expectations of a therapeutic foster care home;

      9. Changes that may occur in the home with placement of a child regarding:

      a. Family functioning;

      b. Family adjustment;

      c. Identity issues;

      d. Discipline issues and child behavior management; and

      e. Family disruption;

      10. Specific requirements and responsibilities of a therapeutic foster care home;

      11. Behavior management;

      12. Communication skills;

      13. Skill teaching;

      14. Cultural competency;

      15. Behavior management de-escalation techniques;

      16. The dynamics of the sexually-abused child; and

      17. The effect of chemical abuse or dependence by the child or the child's biological parent.

      (2) A therapeutic foster care home shall receive a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of annual training.

      (3) A child-placing agency that provides therapeutic foster care shall maintain an ongoing therapeutic foster care preparation and training program that:

      (a) Provides a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of annual training; and

      (b) Maintains a record of preparation and training completed.

 

      Section 8. Additional Requirements for Therapeutic Foster Care. (1) A therapeutic foster care home shall accommodate the needs of a child who is unable to live with the child’s own family and who:

      (a) May benefit from care in a family setting; and

      (b)1. Has clinical or behavioral needs that exceed supports available in a foster home; or

      2. Is transitioning from group care as part of the process of returning to family and community.

      (2) Unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, the number of children residing in a therapeutic foster care home that does not care for a child in the custody of the cabinet shall be limited to a total of six (6) children, including no more than two (2) therapeutic foster care children.

      (3) Justification for an exception to subsection (2) of this section shall be:

      (a) Documented in the therapeutic foster care parent’s file; and

      (b) Authorized by the treatment director.

      (4) Unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, the number of children residing in a therapeutic foster care home that cares for a child in the custody of the cabinet, shall be limited to a total of four (4) children, including no more than two (2) therapeutic foster care children.

      (5) To make a request for an exception to subsection (4) of this section, the child-placing agency shall follow the procedure set forth in 922 KAR 1:350, Section 2(2).

      (6) A treatment director shall supervise a treatment team and shall participate in the development of the ITP and the quarterly case consultation.

      (7) A child-placing agency shall provide or contract, as specified in KRS 199.640(5)(a)2, for therapeutic services individualized for the child, as needed, at least two (2) times per month.

      (8) A therapeutic foster care parent shall be responsible for:

      (a) Participation in the development of an assessment, ITP, and supervision plan as specified in Section 6(7) of this administrative regulation;

      (b) Facilitation of in-home services provided by a social services worker at least two (2) times per month;

      (c) Adequate supervision of the child and implementation of components of the ITP, including daily log documentation as specified in the ITP;

      (d) Working with the child-placing agency to promote stability and avoid disruption for the child;

      (e) Working with the child-placing agency in the development of a plan for the smooth transition of the child to a new placement, in the event of a disruption; and

      (f) Providing independent living services for a child twelve (12) years of age or older consistent with a child’s ITP.

      (9) Except for a child who is the legal responsibility or in the custody of the cabinet or the Department of Juvenile Justice, the child-placing agency shall be responsible for:

      (a) A preplacement conference, in a nonemergency placement, for the purpose of:

      1. Developing permanency goals and a discharge plan for the child, including independent living services;

      2. Developing a plan for the implementation of services;

      3. Identifying the treatment goals; and

      4. Developing a behavior management plan if applicable; and

      (b) Inviting and encouraging attendance to the preplacement conference by:

      1. The prospective therapeutic foster care home;

      2. A respite care provider approved in accordance with Section 13(4) of this administrative regulation;

      3. The child, if appropriate; and

      4. The child’s family.

      (10) The social services worker shall:

      (a) Have a first face-to-face visit with a child and therapeutic foster care parent on the day of the child's placement;

      (b) Have another face-to-face visit with the therapeutic foster care parent or child within ten (10) calendar days of the child's placement;

      (c) Telephone or visit, on a weekly basis, at least one (1) of the therapeutic foster care parents of each child on the therapeutic foster care worker's caseload;

      (d) Visit a therapeutic foster care parent a minimum of two (2) times a month with at least one (1) visit being in the foster home;

      (e) Visit the foster child face-to-face a minimum of two (2) times a month with at least one (1) visit in the therapeutic foster care home and one (1) visit outside the foster home;

      (f) Carry a caseload of not more than twelve (12) therapeutic foster care children, taking into account:

      1. Required responsibilities other than the case management of a child in foster care;

      2. Additional support, contact, and preparation needed by a therapeutic foster care home, due to the extent of the needs of the child served; and

      3. The intensity of services provided to the child and the child’s family;

      (g) Conduct a quarterly case consultation, including the:

      1. Foster home;

      2. Child’s public agency worker;

      3. Child-placing agency treatment director and social services worker; and

      4. Child and the child’s family of origin, to the extent possible;

      (h) Identify the support needed by the foster family, including a:

      1. Plan for respite care as provided in Section 13 of this administrative regulation;

      2. Plan for twenty-four (24) hour on-call crisis intervention; and

      3. Foster home support group;

      (i) Recommend and prepare an aftercare plan for a child, prior to discharge from therapeutic foster care, to ensure a successful transition; and

      (j) Document a quarterly case consultation and revision to a child’s ITP as determined by the case consultations.

      (11) The child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Meet requirements specified in Section 6(1) through (3) and (7) through (11) of this administrative regulation; and

      (b) Annually reevaluate a therapeutic foster care home in accordance with Section 15 of this administrative regulation.

 

      Section 9. Medically-fragile Child. (1) A medically-fragile child shall be:

      (a) A child in the custody of the cabinet; and

      (b) Determined by the cabinet to meet the medically-fragile requirements of 922 KAR 1:350.

      (2) The decision to accept a medically-fragile child shall be optional to a child-placing agency.

      (3) If a child placed with a child-placing agency in a non-medically-fragile foster home becomes medically-fragile in accordance with subsection (1) of this section, the commissioner or designee and child-placing agency shall reevaluate the placement and ensure the child’s needs can be met.

 

      Section 10. Preparation of a Medically-fragile Foster Home. (1) A child-placing agency shall create a medically-fragile foster home only if the child-placing agency has:

      (a) Staff meeting qualifications established in Section 2(4) of this administrative regulation supervising the home, who have received medically-fragile training in accordance with subsection 2(b) and (c) of this section; and

      (b) A liaison established with the cabinet.

      (2) A foster home shall be approved to care for a medically-fragile child by a child-placing agency if the foster home:

      (a) Includes a primary caregiver who is not employed outside the home, unless approved in writing by designated cabinet staff;

      (b) Completes, in addition to training specified in Section 5 of this administrative regulation:

      1. Twenty-four (24) hours of cabinet training to include first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification if the foster parent is not currently certified in first aid and CPR;

      2. Sixteen (16) hours of cabinet training if the foster parent is currently certified in first aid and CPR; or

      3. Training approved in advance by the cabinet, in the areas of:

      a. Growth and development;

      b. Nutrition; and

      c. Medical disabilities;

      (c) Maintains certification in:

      1. CPR; and

      2. First aid;

      (d) Is located within a:

      1. One (1) hour drive of a medical hospital with an emergency room; and

      2. Thirty (30) minute drive of a local medical facility; and

      (e) Is evaluated in accordance with Section 4 of this administrative regulation.

      (3) Professional experience related to the care of a medically-fragile child may substitute for the training requirement of the medically-fragile foster parent as specified in subsection (2)(b) and (c) of this section:

      (a) Upon the approval by a designated cabinet staff; and

      (b) If the foster parent is one (1) of the following licensed health care professionals:

      1. Physician as defined in KRS 311.720(9);

      2. Registered nurse as defined in KRS 314.011(5);

      3. Licensed practical nurse as defined in KRS 314.011(9);

      4. Physician’s assistant as defined in KRS 311.840(3); or

      5. Advanced registered nurse practitioner as defined in KRS 314.011(7).

      (4) If the cabinet determines that a child currently in the care of a foster parent approved by the child-placing agency is a medically-fragile child in accordance with Section 9(1) of this administrative regulation, then the cabinet shall prioritize the foster home’s enrollment in training as specified in subsection (2)(b) and (c) of this section.

      (5) An approved medically-fragile foster home shall receive annual reapproval, if the foster home:

      (a) Annually completes ongoing training as specified by subsection 2(b) and (c) of this section;

      (b) Completes the training before the anniversary date of approval as a medically-fragile foster home; and

      (c) Continues to meet the requirements in Section 15 of this administrative regulation.

      (6) Except for a sibling group or unless approved by designated cabinet staff, no more than four (4) children, including the medically-fragile foster parent’s own children, shall reside in a medically-fragile foster home.

      (7) Unless an exception is approved by designated cabinet staff, a:

      (a) One (1) parent medically-fragile foster home shall not care for more than one (1) medically-fragile child; and

      (b) Two (2) parent medically-fragile foster home shall not care for more than two (2) medically-fragile children.

      (8) A child-placing agency shall request an exception to subsection (6) or (7) of this section, in accordance with 922 KAR 1:350, Section 2(2).

 

      Section 11. Placement of a Medically-fragile Child. (1)(a) In addition to training required in Section 10(2)(b) and (c) of this administrative regulation, an approved medically-fragile foster parent shall receive training on how to care for the specific needs of a medically-fragile child placed in the home.

      (b) The training shall be conducted by a licensed health care professional.

      (2) Unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (3)(a) of this section, a medically-fragile child shall be placed in an approved medically-fragile foster home.

      (3) A child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Request an exception to subsection (2) of this section in accordance with 922 KAR 1:350, Section 2(2);

      (b) Provide case management services:

      1. As described in Section 6(1) through (3), and (7) through (11) of this administrative regulation; and

      2. In accordance with the child’s:

      a. Health plan developed by designated cabinet staff;

      b. ITP; and

      c. Supervision plan;

      (c) Support the child’s health plan developed by designated cabinet staff; and

      (d) Conduct a face-to-face visit with the child at least two (2) times per month.

 

      Section 12. Expectations for a Foster Home, Therapeutic Foster Care Home, or Medically-fragile Foster Home. An approved foster parent or therapeutic foster care parent shall:

      (1) Provide a child placed by the child-placing agency with a family life, including:

      (a) Nutritious food;

      (b) Clothing comparable in quality and variety to that worn by other children with whom the child may associate;

      (c) Affection;

      (d) Training;

      (e) Recreational opportunities;

      (f) Education opportunities;

      (g) Nonmedical transportation;

      (h) Opportunities for development consistent with the child’s religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage;

      (i) Adequate supervision; and

      (j) Independent living services for a child twelve (12) years of age or older;

      (2) Permit a child-placing agency and staff of a state agency to visit the home;

      (3) Share with the child-placing agency and, if applicable, staff of the state agency which has custody of the child, information about the child placed by the child-placing agency;

      (4) Notify the child-placing agency ten (10) days prior if the home is approved to provide foster or adoptive services through another private child-placing agency or the cabinet;

      (5) Notify the child-placing agency prior to:

      (a) Leaving the state with a child placed by the child-placing agency for more than two (2) nights; or

      (b) Allowing a child placed by the child-placing agency to be absent from the foster home for more than three (3) days;

      (6) Report immediately to the child-placing agency through which the child is placed, if there is:

      (a) A life-threatening accident or illness;

      (b) An absence without official leave;

      (c) A suicide attempt;

      (d) Criminal activity by the child requiring notification of law enforcement;

      (e) Death; or

      (f) A child's possession of a deadly weapon;

      (7) Report, if applicable, within two (2) business days to the child-placing agency if there is a:

      (a) Change in address;

      (b) Change in the number of people living in the home;

      (c) Significant change in circumstance in the foster home; or

      (d) Failure of the foster child or foster parent to comply with the supervision plan;

      (8) Cooperate with the child-placing agency if child-placing agency staff arranges for a child, placed in the foster home by the child-placing agency, and the child’s birth family regarding:

      (a) Visits;

      (b) Telephone calls; or

      (c) Mail;

      (9) Surrender a child or children to the authorized representative of the child-placing agency or the state agency, which has custody of the child, upon request;

      (10) Keep confidential all personal or protected health information as shared by the cabinet or child-placing agency, in accordance with KRS 194A.060 and 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164, concerning a child placed in a home or the child’s birth family;

      (11) Support an assessment of the service needs, including respite care, and the development of an ITP, including the supervision plan, of a child placed by the child-placing agency;

      (12) Participate in a case planning conference concerning a child placed by the child-placing agency;

      (13) Cooperate with the implementation of the permanency goal established for a child placed by the child-placing agency;

      (14) Ensure that a child in the custody of the cabinet receives the child's designated per diem allowance;

      (15) Provide medical care to a child placed by the child-placing agency as needed, including:

      (a) Administration of medication to the child and daily documentation of the administration; and

      (b) Annual physicals and examinations for the child;

      (16) Treat a child placed by the child-placing agency with dignity;

      (17) Report suspected incidents of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation in accordance with KRS 620.030; and

      (18) Comply with general supervision and direction of the child-placing agency or, if applicable, the state agency that has custody of the child, concerning the care of the child placed by the child-placing agency.

 

      Section 13. Respite For Foster Care, Medically-fragile Foster Care, or Therapeutic Foster Care. (1) The child-placing agency shall develop written policies and procedures to address the respite care needs of a child or a foster parent.

      (2) Respite care shall not be used as a means of placement for a child.

      (3) Respite care shall be in accordance with Section 3(3) of this administrative regulation.

      (4) The child-placing agency shall not approve a respite care provider unless the provider meets requirements specified by Section 4(3)(e), (g), and (n) through (v) of this administrative regulation.

      (5) A respite care provider shall:

      (a) Receive, from the agency or foster parent, preparation for placement of a child, including:

      1. Information in accordance with KRS 605.090(1)(b); and

      2. Information regarding the supervision plan of the child;

      (b) Provide adequate supervision in accordance with the child's supervision plan; and

      (c)1. Give relief to a foster parent caring for a child; or

      2. Provide for an adjustment period for a child.

      (6) A respite care provider for a medically-fragile child shall:

      (a) Meet the requirements of Section 10(2)(b) through (d) or 10(3) of this administrative regulation; and

      (b) Receive training on how to meet the specific needs of the medically-fragile foster child from:

      1. A licensed health care professional; or

      2. The foster parent trained by a licensed health care professional.

 

      Section 14. Private Placement Process. Except for a child in the custody of or otherwise made the legal responsibility of the cabinet or the Department of Juvenile Justice, the child-placing agency shall be responsible for the following if a private placement is conducted:

      (1) For a child being placed with a child-placing agency, the child-placing agency shall obtain an:

      (a) Agreement for voluntary care signed by the custodian; or

      (b) Order from a court of competent jurisdiction placing the child into the custody of the child-placing agency.

      (2) The child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Complete an intake assessment of the strengths and needs of the child and the child’s family of origin; and

      (b) Ascertain the appropriateness of the referral for the child.

      (3)(a) The child-placing agency shall be responsible for developing an ITP individualized for a child and the child’s family based on an individualized assessment of the child's and family's needs within thirty (30) days of the child’s placement with the child-placing agency.

      (b) The assessment shall be revised as needed.

      (c) The assessment and ITP shall include the type and extent of services to be provided to the child and the child’s family.

      (4) Unless not in the best interest of the child, the child, parent, and foster parent shall be included in developing the assessment and ITP.

      (5)(a) The foster home selected for placement shall be the most appropriate home based on the child's needs and the strengths of the foster family.

      (b) The foster home shall be located as close as possible to the home of the family of origin, in order to facilitate visiting and reunification.

      (6)(a) The social services worker and the foster parent shall work collaboratively to prepare the child prior to the placement.

      (b) Unless a circumstance precludes preparation and the circumstance is documented in the case record, a child shall have a period of preparation prior to the placement in the foster home.

      (7) The child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Provide or arrange for services to support reunification for a child for whom family reunification is the goal;

      (b) Assess and document the parent’s capacity for reunification quarterly;

      (c) Provide for review of the child in order to evaluate the progress toward achieving the child’s permanency goal every six (6) months; and

      (d) Assure that foster care continues to be the best placement for the child.

      (8)(a) Services to the family of origin and to the child shall be adapted to their individual capacities, needs, and problems.

      (b) A reasonable effort shall be made to return the child to the family of origin.

      (9) Planning for the child regarding treatment program matters, including visitation, health, education, and permanency goals, shall be developed in collaboration with the:

      (a) Family of origin;

      (b) Treatment director;

      (c) Social services worker; and

      (d) Foster home.

      (10)(a) The child-placing agency shall work with a foster home to promote stability and avoid disruption for a child, to include:

      1. Services specified in Section 6(1) through (3), and (7) through (11) of this administrative regulation; and

      2. Annual reevaluation of the foster home in accordance with Section 15 of this administrative regulation.

      (b) A request for the removal of a child from a foster home shall be explored immediately and shall be documented by the social services worker.

      (c) If disruption is unavoidable, the child-placing agency and foster home shall develop a plan for the smooth transition of the child to a new placement.

      (11)(a) Preparation for the return of a child to the family of origin shall be supervised by a social services worker.

      (b) The family shall participate in planning for the child's return.

      (c) If regular contact with the child’s family does not occur, a plan for the child's return shall include at least one (1):

      1. Prior visit between the child and the family; and

      2. Preliminary visit of the child to the child’s family home.

      (12) The child-placing agency shall recommend a plan for aftercare services for a child and the child’s family.

 

      Section 15. Annual Reevaluation of an Approved Adoptive Home Awaiting Placement or an Approved Foster Home. Annually, a child-placing agency shall:

      (1) Conduct a personal interview in the home with an approved:

      (a) Adoptive home awaiting placement; or

      (b) Foster home; and

      (2) Assess:

      (a) Any change in the home;

      (b) The ability of the home to meet the needs of a child placed in the home; and

      (c) The home’s continued compliance with the requirements of this administrative regulation in:

      1. Section 4(3)(h), (j), and (l) through (v), and Section 4(5) through (11) of this administrative regulation, with regard to evaluation, if the home is approved as a foster or adoptive home;

      2. Sections 6(9)(a) and 12 of this administrative regulation, with regard to case management and expectations, if the home is approved as a foster home;

      3. Sections 5(3)(a), 7(2), or 10(5)(a) of this administrative regulation, with regard to annual training, if the home is approved as a foster home; and

      4. Section 19(3) of this administrative regulation, with regard to annual training, if the home is approved as an adoptive home.

      (3) After initial approval, a foster parent, an adoptive parent awaiting placement, a respite care provider, or a member of a foster or adoptive parent’s household shall comply with a child-placing agency’s request for a statement regarding the parent, provider, or household member’s general health and medical ability to care for a child.

      (4) If a prospective adoptive home is awaiting an international adoption, the child-placing agency shall conduct a reevaluation of the home once every eighteen (18) months.

 

      Section 16. Independent Living Services. A child-placing agency shall:

      (1) Provide independent living services:

      (a) To a child:

      1. In the custody of a state agency; and

      2. Who is twelve (12) to twenty-one (21) years of age;

      (b) Directly or indirectly through a foster parent with whom the child is placed;

      (c) As prescribed in the child’s ITP; and

      (d) In accordance with 42 U.S.C. 677(a); and

      (2) Teach independent living:

      (a) To a child:

      1. In the custody of a state agency; and

      2. Sixteen (16) years of age and older; and

      (b) Developed in accordance with Section 17(1)(e) of this administrative regulation.

 

      Section 17. Independent Living Programs. (1) A child-placing agency providing independent living programming shall:

      (a) Conduct and document an assessment of the child’s skills and knowledge:

      1. Within fourteen (14) days of a child’s placement with the child-placing agency and provision of services by the agency’s independent living program; and

      2. Using a tool to assess:

      a. Money management and consumer awareness;

      b. Job search skills;

      c. Job retention skills;

      d. Use of and access to:

      i. Community resources;

      ii. Housing; and

      iii. Transportation;

      e. Educational planning;

      f. Emergency and safety skills;

      g. Legal knowledge;

      h. Interpersonal skills, including communication skills;

      i. Health care knowledge, including knowledge of nutrition;

      j. Human development knowledge, including sexuality;

      k. Management of food, including food preparation;

      l. Ability to maintain personal appearance;

      m. Housekeeping; and

      n. Leisure activities;

      (b) Develop and update quarterly a written ITP within thirty (30) calendar days of a child’s placement with a child-placing agency in an independent living program, to include:

      1. Educational, job training, housing, and independent living goals;

      2. Objectives to accomplish a goal;

      3. Methods of service delivery necessary to achieve a goal and an objective;

      4. Person responsible for each activity;

      5. Specific timeframes to achieve a goal and an objective;

      6. Identification of a discharge plan;

      7. Plan for aftercare services; and

      8. Plan for services from a cooperating agency;

      (c) Maintain written policies and procedures for the independent living program;

      (d) Train and document the training provided to designated independent living staff within thirty (30) days of employment on:

      1. Content of the independent living curriculum;

      2. Use of the independent living materials;

      3. Application of the assessment tool; and

      4. Documentation methods used by the child-placing agency; and

      (e) Maintain and teach independent living in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 677(a), including:

      1. Money management and consumer awareness;

      2. Job search skills;

      3. Job retention skills;

      4. Educational planning;

      5. Community resources;

      6. Housing;

      7. Transportation;

      8. Emergency and safety skills;

      9. Legal skills;

      10. Interpersonal skills, including communication skills;

      11. Health care, including nutrition;

      12. Human development, including sexuality;

      13. Food management, including food preparation;

      14. Maintaining personal appearance;

      15. Housekeeping;

      16. Leisure activities;

      17. Voting rights and registration;

      18. Registration for selective service, if applicable;

      19. Self-esteem;

      20. Anger and stress management;

      21. Problem-solving skills; and

      22. Decision-making and planning skills.

      (2) A social services worker from an independent living program shall:

      (a) Be responsible for a child sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) years of age in an independent living program and provide supervision in accordance with the child's supervision plan; and

      (b) Be available for twenty-four (24) hours, seven (7) days a week crisis support for a child in the independent living program, regardless of the child’s age; and

      (c) Have:

      1. Daily face-to-face contact with a child:

      a. Sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) years of age; and

      b. In the independent living program; or

      2. A minimum of one (1) face-to-face, in-home contact per week for a child:

      a. Eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years of age; and

      b. In the independent living program;

      (d) Conduct a visual and exploratory review of a child’s living unit at least monthly, to include a review for:

      1. Safety;

      2. Use of alcohol; and

      3. Illegal contraband;

      (e) Maintain a caseload of no more than ten (10) children, including independent living program:

      1. Participants sixteen (16) to twenty-one (21) years of age; and

      2. Participants' children assigned a Level of Care of III or higher; and

      (f) Document annual compliance with fire and building codes for any living unit in which the agency places a child.

      (3) (a) A living unit for a child in an independent living program shall be occupied by only a child or children approved to occupy the living unit by the child-placing agency.

      (b) Nonresidents shall be asked to vacate the living unit.

      (4) The child-placing agency shall assure and document that the living unit of a child in an independent living program:

      (a) Does not present a hazard to the health and safety of the child;

      (b) Is well ventilated and heated; and

      (c) Complies with state and local health requirements regarding water and sanitation.

      (5) The child-placing agency shall maintain documentation for each child concerning:

      (a) Assistance to the child in finding and keeping in touch with family, if possible;

      (b) Health care and therapeutic services received by a child;

      (c) Progress each child has made in the independent living program, including independent living services received;

      (d) Progress in an educational program, including vocational education;

      (e) An assessment of the child’s readiness to live independently; and

      (f) The social services worker’s contacts with the child, including observation of the child’s living arrangement.

 

      Section 18. Maintenance of a Foster Care, Medically-fragile Foster Care, or Therapeutic Foster Care Record. (1)(a) The child-placing agency shall maintain a record on each child and foster home, including medically-fragile foster homes and therapeutic foster care homes.

      (b) The child’s record and the foster home record shall show the reason for placement change and steps taken to ensure success.

      (c) A case record shall be maintained in conformity with existing laws and administrative regulations pertaining to confidentiality, pursuant to KRS 199.430(3), 199.640, and 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164.

      (2) The record of the child, including information of the child’s family, shall include:

      (a) Identifying information for child, parent, and foster home;

      (b) Commitment order or custodian’s consent for admission;

      (c) Birth and immunization certificate;

      (d) Educational record;

      (e) Medical and dental record since placement;

      (f) Social history and assessment;

      (g) ITP and review;

      (h) Supervision plan and updates to the plan;

      (i) Permanency goals, including independent living services;

      (j) Incident reports, including details of the child’s behavior and supervision at the time of the incident;

      (k) Monthly progress notes based on the ITP and supervision plan;

      (l) Quarterly revisions to the child’s ITP;

      (m) Correspondence with the:

      1. Court;

      2. Family;

      3. Department for Community Based Services; or

      4. Department of Juvenile Justice;

      (n) Discharge report; and

      (o) Aftercare plan.

      (3) The foster home’s record shall include documentation relating to the:

      (a) Orientation and preparation of the home, including all adult caregivers in the household;

      (b) Required preparation hours and the topics covered;

      (c) Placement of the child;

      (d) Narrative summary of the initial and annual foster home’s home study;

      (e) Supervision of the foster home, including critical incidents;

      (f)1. Annual training requirements that are met in accordance with Section 5(3) of this administrative regulation by the foster parent and all adult caregivers in the household; or

      2. If applicable, annual training requirements in accordance with Section 7(2) or 10(5)(a) of this administrative regulation;

      (g) Background checks in accordance with Sections 4(3)(n) and 15(2)(c)1 of this administrative regulation;

      (h) Copy of any placement exceptions granted; and

      (i) If applicable, copy of the written statement of the foster home’s closure completed pursuant to Section 23(3) of this administrative regulation.

      (4) A child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Maintain a child or foster home’s record for at least three (3) years;

      (b) After three (3) years:

      1. Archive the record and have it transferred to one (1) of the cabinet's designated record centers; or

      2. Maintain the record permanently by the child-placing agency;

      (c) Transfer the record to the cabinet, if:

      1. The agency ceases operations; and

      2. No other operational governing entity exists; and

      (d) Make available all records maintained by the agency to the cabinet or its designee upon request.

 

      Section 19. Orientation and Preparation of an Adoptive Home. A child-placing agency shall:

      (1) Prepare and maintain the orientation and preparation curriculum on file;

      (2) Provide orientation and preparation to a prospective adoptive home in accordance with the child-placing agency’s policies and procedures to include the following:

      (a) An example of an actual experience from a parent who has adopted a child;

      (b) Challenging behavior characteristics of an adoptive older child;

      (c) Referral resources for a developmental delay;

      (d) Transition issues with focus on stages of grief, and a honeymoon period;

      (e) Loss and the long-term effects on a child;

      (f) Attachment and identity issues of the child;

      (g) Cultural competency;

      (h) Medical issues including referral resources;

      (i) Family functioning, family values, and expectations of an adoptive home;

      (j) Identification of changes that may occur in the family unit upon the placement of a child to include:

      1. Family adjustment and disruption;

      2. Identity issues; and

      3. Discipline; and

      (k) Financial assistance available to an adoptive home; and

      (3) Ensure that an approved adoptive home awaiting the placement of a child receives adoptive home training annually in accordance with the child-placing agency’s established policies and procedures.

 

      Section 20. Adoption Placement Process. (1) A child shall not be placed for adoption until the:

      (a) Adoptive home has been approved;

      (b) Parental rights of the mother, legal or birth father, and putative father of the child, if not the same person as the legal father, are terminated by a circuit court order entered pursuant to KRS Chapter 625; and

      (c) Child is placed with the child-placing agency for the purpose of adoption placement.

      (2) A child’s parent shall not be induced to terminate parental rights by a promise of financial aid or other consideration.

      (3)(a) A child-placing agency licensed by the cabinet shall not use the authority authorizing the agency to place a child for adoption to facilitate an adoptive placement planned by a doctor, lawyer, clergyman, or person or entity outside the child-placing agency.

      (b) The child-placing agency shall comply with provisions of 922 KAR 1:010.

      (4) The child-placing agency shall obtain the following:

      (a) A developmental history of the adoptive child to include:

      1. Birth and health history, unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (5) of this section;

      2. Early development, unless an exception is granted pursuant to subsection (5) of this section;

      3. Characteristic ways the child responds to people and situations;

      4. Any deviation from the range of normal development;

      5. The experiences of the child prior to the decision to place the child for adoption;

      6. Maternal attitude during pregnancy and early infancy;

      7. Continuity of parental care and affection;

      8. Out-of-home placement history;

      9. Separation experiences; and

      10. Information about the mother, legal father, and putative father, if not the same person as the legal father, and family background:

      a. That may affect the child’s normal development in order to determine the presence of a significant hereditary factor or pathology; and

      b. Including an illness of the biological mother or father;

      (b) A social history of the biological or legal parent, to include:

      1. Name;

      2. Age;

      3. Nationality;

      4. Education;

      5. Religion or faith; and

      6. Occupation;

      (c) Information obtained from direct study and observation of the child by a:

      1. Social services worker; and

      2. Physician or other licensed health care professional;

      (d) If indicated, information obtained from direct study and observation of the child by a:

      1. Foster parent;

      2. Nurse;

      3. Psychologist; or

      4. Other consultants; and

      (e) Information from the mother, if possible, identifying the biological father, or legal father, if different from the biological father, for the purpose of:

      1. Determining the father's parental rights; and

      2. Establishment of possible hereditary endowments.

      (5) Exception to subsection (4)(a)1 and 2 of this section may be granted, if the adoption involves a child born in a country other than the United States.

      (6) If either biological or legal parent is unavailable, unwilling, or unable to assist with the completion of information necessary to comply with KRS 199.520 and 199.572, the child-placing agency shall document information, to the extent possible, from the existing case record.

      (7) Prior to finalization of the adoptive placement, a licensed physician or other licensed health professional shall make a medical examination to determine:

      (a) The state of the child's health;

      (b) Any significant factor that may interfere with normal development; and

      (c) The implications of any medical problem.

      (8) The condition under which an adoptive home agrees to accept the child shall be decided upon, prior to placement of the child. The written agreement between the child-placing agency and the adoptive home shall embody the following provisions:

      (a) The adoptive home shall agree to:

      1. Comply with KRS 199.470;

      2. File an adoptive petition at a time agreeable to the adoptive home and the child-placing agency; and

      3. Permit supervision by the child-placing agency in accordance with the child-placing agency’s policies and procedures:

      a. After placement; and

      b. Preceding a final judgment of adoption by the circuit court;

      (b) The child-placing agency shall be responsible for providing the adoptive home with written information regarding the child's:

      1. Background;

      2. Medical history;

      3. Current behavior; and

      4. Medical information necessary to comply with KRS 199.520(4)(a); and

      (c) The adoptive home and the child-placing agency shall agree that the child may be removed from the placement, at the request of either party, before the filing of the adoptive petition.

      (9)(a) Preplacement visits shall be arranged for the adoptive home and a child.

      (b) The pattern and number of visits shall be based on the child's:

      1. Age;

      2. Development; and

      3. Needs.

      (10) During preparation, the child-placing agency shall discuss the child’s readiness to accept the selected placement with the child, in accordance with the child's age and ability to understand.

      (11)(a) Unless the child-placing agency and, if applicable, the state agency which has custody of a child belonging to a sibling group, determines that it is more beneficial for siblings to be placed in separate adoptive homes, siblings who have had a relationship with each other shall be placed together.

      (b) If siblings have been separated in placements:

      1. The case record shall reflect a valid basis for the separation;

      2. The decision to separate siblings shall be made by the executive director of the child-placing agency; and

      3. Continued contact between siblings shall be maintained, if possible.

      (12) A child-placing agency shall comply with Section 6(1)(b) of this administrative regulation during the process of placing a child in a prospective adoptive home.

 

      Section 21. Supervision of an Adoptive Placement. (1) The child-placing agency placing a child shall remain responsible for the child until the adoption has been granted. This responsibility involves the following:

      (a) Two (2) meetings by the social services worker with the child and the adoptive home, including both adoptive parents if not a single parent adoption, one (1) visit of which shall be in the adoptive home before filing of the adoption petition;

      (b) The continuation of case management, visits, and telephone contacts based upon the needs of the child until the adoption is legally granted; and

      (c) Awareness of a change in the adoptive home including health, education, or behavior.

      (2) Upon request of the cabinet, the child-placing agency shall:

      (a) Provide information pursuant to KRS 199.510, as necessary to report to the court to proceed with adoption;

      (b) Prepare and provide the original confidential report to the court; and

      (c) Forward to the cabinet a copy of:

      1. The confidential report that was provided to the court; and

      2. Information required by KRS 199.520 and 199.572.

      (3) If the court finds the adoptive home to be unsuitable and refuses to grant a judgment, the child-placing agency shall remove the child from the home.

 

      Section 22. Maintenance of Adoptive Case Record. (1) The child-placing agency shall maintain a case record from the time of the application for services through the completed legal adoption and termination of child-placing agency services for:

      (a) A child accepted for care, and the child’s family; and

      (b) An adoptive applicant.

      (2) The case record shall contain material on which the child-placing agency decision may be based and shall include or preserve:

      (a) Information and documents needed by the court;

      (b) Information about the child and the child’s family;

      (c) A narrative or summary of the services provided with a copy of legal and other pertinent documents; and

      (d) Information gathered during the intake process including the following:

      1. A description of the situation that necessitated placement of the child away from the child’s family, or termination of parental rights;

      2. A certified copy of the order of the circuit court terminating parental rights and committing the child to the child-placing agency for the purpose of adoption;

      3. Verification of the child's birth record and the registration number;

      4. A copy of the child's medical record up to the time of placement;

      5. A copy of the required evaluation of the adoptive placement;

      6. Date of adoptive placement;

      7. A statement of the basis for the selection of this adoptive home for the child;

      8. A record of after-placement services with dates of:

      a. Visits;

      b. Contacts;

      c. Observations;

      d. Filing of petition;

      e. Granting of judgments; and

      f. Other significant court proceedings relative to the adoption;

      9. Child's adoptive name; and

      10. Verification of preparation and orientation and annual training in accordance with Section 19 of this administrative regulation.

      (3) If there is a need to share background information with a party to a completed adoption, or to have the benefits of information from a closed adoption record to offer services following completion of an adoption, the child-placing agency shall comply with KRS 199.570.

      (4) Records on adoption that contain pertinent information shall be:

      (a) Maintained indefinitely following final placement of a child; and

      (b) Sealed and secured from unauthorized scrutiny.

      (5) A child-placing agency shall submit adoptive case records to the cabinet, if:

      (a) The child-placing agency closes; and

      (b) No other operational governing entity exists.

 

      Section 23. Closure of an Approved Foster or Adoptive Home. (1) A foster or adoptive home shall be closed if:

      (a) Sexual abuse or exploitation by a resident of the household is substantiated;

      (b) Child maltreatment by a resident of the household occurs that is serious in nature or warrants the removal of a child;

      (c) A serious physical or mental illness develops that may impair or preclude adequate care of the child in the home; or

      (d) The home fails to meet requirements of this administrative regulation in:

      1. Section 4(3)(h), (j), and (l) through (v), and Section 4(5) through (11) of this administrative regulation, with regard to evaluation, if the home is approved as a foster or adoptive home;

      2. Sections 6(9)(a) and 12 of this administrative regulation, with regard to placement and case management, if the home is approved as a foster home;

      3. Sections 5(3)(a), 7(2), or 10(5)(a) of this administrative regulation, with regard to annual training, if the home is approved as a foster home; and

      4. Section 19(3) of this administrative regulation, with regard to annual training, if the home is approved as an adoptive home.

      (2) A foster or adoptive home may be closed:

      (a) In accordance with the terms specified in the written agreement between the child-placing agency and the foster or adoptive home; or

      (b) In accordance with the terms specified in the written contract between the cabinet and the child-placing agency.

      (3) The child-placing agency shall provide the foster or adoptive parent a written closure statement to include:

      (a) Date of approval and termination; and

      (b) Indication of whether the closure was at the request of the foster parents or the agency.

 

      Section 24. Foster Care Registry. (1) A child-placing agency shall register a foster home with the cabinet, approved by the child-placing agency, to include medically-fragile foster homes and therapeutic foster care homes.

      (2) Information shall be provided to the cabinet in a format prescribed by the cabinet, to include:

      (a) The foster parent's:

      1. Full name;

      2. Social Security number; and

      3. Address, including county of residence;

      (b) The child-placing agency’s:

      1. Name; and

      2. Mailing address;

      (c) The date the foster home was approved; and

      (d) Whether the foster home is active or inactive. (17 Ky.R. 2351; eff. 3-12-91; Am. 20 Ky.R. 2424; eff. 3-23-94; 21 Ky.R. 654; 1074; eff. 9-21-94; Recodified from 905 KAR 1:310, 10-30-98; 26 Ky.R. 2080; 27 Ky.R. 571; 1008; eff. 10-16-2000; 30 Ky.R. 1662; 2069; 31 Ky.R. 99; eff. 8-6-04; 33 Ky.R. 3552; 34 Ky.R. 316; 577; eff. 10-17-2007; TAm 1-14-2008; 2355; 35 Ky.R. 49; 292; eff. 9-5-2008.)