Utah Admin. Code R512-302-4 - Selection of a Caregiver for a Child Receiving Out-of-Home Services

Current through Bulletin No. 2021-18, September 15, 2021

(1) A caregiver shall have the experience, personal characteristics, temperament, and training necessary to work with a child and the child's family to be approved and selected to provide Out-of-Home Services.
(2) An Out-of-Home caregiver shall be selected according to the caregiver's skills and abilities to meet a child's individual needs and, when appropriate, an ability to support both parents in reunification efforts and to consider serving as a permanent home for the child if reunification is not achieved. When dictated by a child's level of care needs, Child and Family Services may require one parent to be available in the home at all times.
(3) An Out-of-Home caregiver shall be selected according to the caregiver's compatibility with the child, as determined by Child and Family Services exercising its professional judgment. The best interest of the child shall be Child and Family Services' primary consideration when making a placement decision.
(a) Child and Family Services may consider the Out-of-Home caregiver's possession or use of a firearm or other weapon, espoused religious beliefs, or choice to school the child outside the public education system in accordance with Section 63G-4-104.
(b) Child and Family Services may consider the child's sex, age, behavior, and the composition of the foster family.
(4) A child in state custody shall be placed with an Out-of-Home caregiver who is fully licensed as provided in Rule R501-12. A child may be placed in a home with a probationary license only if the Out-of-Home caregiver is a child-specific placement.
(5) An Out-of-Home caregiver shall be given necessary information to make an informed decision about accepting responsibility to care for a child. The worker shall obtain all available necessary information about the child's permanency plan, family visitation plans, and needs such as medical, educational, mental health, social, behavioral, and emotional needs, for consideration by the caregiver.
(6) If the court has not given custody to a non-custodial parent or kin provider, to provide safety and maintain family ties, the child shall be placed in the least restrictive placement that meets the child's special needs and is in the child's best interests, according to the following priorities:
(a) A relative of the child.
(b) A friend designated by the custodial parent or guardian of the child, if the friend is a licensed foster parent.
(c) A former foster placement, shelter facility, or other foster placement designated by Child and Family Services.
(7) If a child is reentering custody of the state, the child's former Out-of-Home caregiver shall be given preference as provided in Section 62A-4a-206.1.
(8) A child's placement shall not be denied or delayed on the basis of race, color, or national origin of the Out-of-Home caregiver or the child involved.
(9) Selection of an Out-of-Home caregiver for an Indian child shall be made in compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 USC Section 1915(2007), which is incorporated by reference.


Utah Admin. Code R512-302-4

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