Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-174 - Social services related to child placing

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 39, September 30, 2021

(a) Intake requirements. A child placing agency shall have a written description of services offered and the criteria for service eligibility which shall include who is eligible for the services and what fees, if any, are charged. The statement of services and criteria shall be available in individual copies for distribution to clients and to the public. A child placing agency shall document that social services to preserve the family unit have been provided to the family and child and alternatives to placement have been explored with them. The agency shall keep a record of all applications for services and the reasons for denial of services. The agency shall provide referral assistance to persons seeking services not provided by the agency.
(b) Intake procedures and practices. Upon referral or application, the agency shall assess the child's social and family history, the child's legal status, the strengths, resources, and needs of the child and his or her family, the role the child's parent or parents and other persons are to have during placement, and the identification of the specific needs of the child and family that warrant placement.
(c) Initial case plan. Upon completion of the intake assessment and before placement, except in cases of emergency, the agency shall develop a written service plan. The plan shall include:
(1) Selection and description of the type of placement appropriate to meet the child's needs;
(2) Projected duration of the placement;
(3) Preplacement activities with child and family;
(4) Specific treatment goals for child and family;
(5) Specific steps to accommodate each goal;
(6) Specific time frames for goals;
(7) Designation of responsibility for carrying out steps with child, parents, foster parent, adoptive parent(s), and court (when involved) including frequency of contacts;
(8) Date for first review of progress on steps and goals; and
(9) Description of the conditions under which the child shall be returned home or when proceedings for termination of parental rights should be initiated.
(d) Case plan development. The parents or other significant persons to the child as well as the child, appropriate to his or her age and understanding, shall participate in developing the placement plan and participate in service contracts or agreements. Before accepting a child for placement from a parent or custodian, the agency shall secure written authority to provide care and written authority for medical care. In emergency situations necessitating immediate placement, the agency shall initiate assessment and initial case plan within one week of placement, which shall be completed within six weeks of placement.
(e) Supervision and review of the case plan. The agency shall specify in writing the worker or workers who have the ongoing responsibility for the child, the biological, foster and adoptive families, and the casework plan. When a child is placed with another agency or division or whenever more than one worker or division are involved with the same family, the roles shall be clearly delineated for the workers and the family members and the specific responsibilities necessary to carry out the plan shall be in writing in the case records. The case plan shall specify the frequency of social worker visits with the child, the child's family and the foster family, but these visits shall not be made less than once each month. The agency shall complete a quarterly review and assessment of the case plan and progress toward goal achievement. The agency shall have a periodic individual case review, either administrative or with outside agency personnel to ascertain whether children are being served in a prompt manner and whether return to home, continual placement, or adoption efforts are appropriate on the child's behalf.
(f) Placement services to parents. The agency's services shall be accessible and available to the parents of children in care and to an expectant parent or parents requesting services. The choice to use an agency's services shall be the parent's decision except when the choice has been taken from the parents by court order. The agency shall have as a goal helping the parents achieve positive self image and to carry out their parental roles and responsibilities while the child is in care. The agency shall have personal contacts with the parents when possible. It shall promote constructive contact by the parent or parents with the child after placement. The agency shall help the family have access to the services necessary to accomplish the case plan goals. While the child is in care, the agency shall counsel the parents relative to the problems and needs that brought about the circumstances of placement. Expectant parents considering placement shall receive assistance in the decision making process before the child is born and immediately thereafter.
(g) Selection of placement. The agency shall select the most appropriate form of placement for the child consistent with the needs of the child's family, including foster family care, residential group care or adoption. In choosing the appropriate placement for the child, the agency shall provide for any specialized services the child may need in the least restrictive setting and in the closest available program to the child's home, and shall take into consideration and preserve the child's racial, cultural, ethnic, and religious heritage to the extent possible without jeopardizing the child's right to care. The agency shall consider the child's treatment plan steps and goals and select a placement that has the capacity to assist in their achievement. The agency shall, in accordance with the case plan, provide the child with a continuity of relationships for the anticipated duration of care when selecting the placement.
(h) Preplacement preparation. The caseworker for the child shall become acquainted with the child before placement. The child's worker shall help the child understand the reasons for the placement plan, preparing him or her for a new environment. The worker shall plan and participate in at least one preplacement visit. The agency shall arrange a general medical examination by a physician for each child within a week of admission into care unless the child has received an examination within 30 days before admission. The results of this examination shall be recorded on forms supplied by the Kansas department of health and environment. The agency shall ensure that each child has had a dental examination by a dentist within 60 days of admission unless the child has been examined within 6 months before admission. Results of the examination shall be recorded on forms supplied by the Kansas department of health and environment.
(i) Services during care. The agency shall supervise the child in care and shall coordinate the planning and services to child and family as outlined in the case plan. The supervising worker shall see the child a minimum of biweekly in the first three months of placement and monthly thereafter. Parents and children shall be provided the opportunity to meet on a regular basis with the agency worker regarding their progress on resolving problems that may be precipitated by placement, their progress in coping with problems through the use of substitute care, the parent and child's relationship difficulties arising from separation, and case goals. The placing agency shall have a written agreement with the parents regarding visits to the child and shall facilitate and promote visitation while the child is in care. If the parents require services that the agency does not offer, referral shall be made to appropriate services. Communication between the two agencies shall be on a regular planned basis. The agency shall provide for the child's specialized services as outlined in the case plan. The agency shall have documentation of maintaining clear working agreements with other community resources, confidential referrals and providing access to services necessary to meet goals in the case plan.
(j) Aftercare services. The agency shall provide for continuing services for children and families following an adoption or a child's return to the family from the placement. In the case of the disruption of an adoptive placement, the agency shall make plans, either through purchase of service or provision of foster care services, for continued care of the child until a permanent home has been secured. The agency shall offer supportive help to a family receiving a child into placement or giving up a child for placement for a minimum period of 6 months after the placement or relinquishment of the child.

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Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-174
Authorized by K.S.A. 65-508; implementing K.S.A. 65-503, 65-508; effective May 1, 1982; amended May 1, 1983.

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