7 AAC 50.740 - Care and services

(a) A facility must have a planned program to care for pregnant and parenting individuals. The program must be submitted to and approved by the department. The plan must provide for
(1) preparation for delivery of the baby, including childbirth classes;
(2) assistance in decision making in relation to the child, including referral to a placement agency for addressing
(A) adoption counseling for a mother planning to relinquish the mother's parental rights; and
(B) legal rights and obligations in relation to parenthood or relinquishment of parental rights;
(3) help to the mother with family, peer, and other significant relationships, including paternal involvement;
(4) parenting education for mothers keeping their babies;
(5) infant stimulation and child development, where applicable;
(6) health education, prenatal care, and where applicable, postnatal care;
(7) physical care of pregnant and parenting individuals and care and services to mothers and their infants within the facility after childbirth, where applicable; and
(8) socialization and support opportunities for single mothers, where applicable.
(b) A facility providing care and services to mothers and their infants or other young children within the facility after childbirth shall, with regard to the care of the infants or other young children, comply with the requirements of
(1) former 7 AAC 50.420(a) and (b), in effect as of 7/1/2000, except that the schedule and plan of activities need not be in writing; and
(2) former 7 AAC 50.540(e), in effect as of 7/1/2000.
(c) The facility's plan for supervision required by 7 AAC 50.400(a) must address the increasing responsibility of mothers for their infants and young children.
(d) A facility may permit an adolescent to care for another adolescent's infant if the following conditions are met:
(1) the adolescent who is assuming the care of the infant of another adolescent may not care for more than one other infant in addition to the adolescent's own infant at any one time;
(2) the adolescent whose infant will be cared for and the adolescent caregiver discuss the expectations relating to the care of the infant, including the duration of care, the infant's nutritional and toileting needs, and whether the adolescent whose infant will be cared for will make arrangements to compensate the adolescent caregiver; and
(3) the facility documents approval of the care arrangement, including how it will protect the health and well-being of the infant.


7 AAC 50.740
Eff. 3/1/98, Register 145; am 7/1/2022, Register 242, July 2022

Authority: AS 44.29.020

AS 47.32.030

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