65C-28.005. Changing Placements  

Effective on Sunday, May 8, 2016
  • 1(1) Except in emergency situations, the child’s parents, 9unless contrary to court order, 14licensed out-of-home caregivers and the guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem, if appointed, shall be given at least two (2) weeks notice prior to moving a child from one out-of-home placement to another 48and the reason a placement change is necessary56. In emergency situations, a change of placement can be made immediately. The 69child welfare professional 72shall within 72 hours inform the 78child’s parents, unless contrary to court order, Children’s Legal Services 88and guardian ad litem and child’s attorney, if appointed, of the move and the reasons an emergency placement change was necessary.

    109(a) Parental notification of any placement changes shall be documented in FSFN, unless the court previously excused the Department from further efforts to locate.

    133(b) If the parent(s) is unable to be located, efforts to locate and notify the parent shall be documented in FSFN.

    154(2) The 156child welfare professional 159shall prepare the child for a move and support the child during the re-placement process.

    174(3) The 176child welfare professional 179shall provide supportive services to the caregiver where the child is residing to avoid a change in placement when possible. When a placement is in danger of disrupting, the 208child welfare professional 211shall urge the caregiver to wait to request removal of the child until 224efforts can be made to remedy the reasons for the child’s instability. When efforts to stabilize a placement have not been successful or there are circumstances that preclude the child’s continued stay, the 257child welfare professional 260will work with the caregiver to reach agreement on a move date that takes into consideration the following needs of the child282:

    283(a) There is a break in the school year;

    292(b) An alternative placement can be located; and,

    300(c) Arrangements for the child’s transition to the new setting can be made and implemented.

    315(4) The caregiver at the new placement shall be prepared and informed prior to placement of the child and shall be given needed support to 340help the child transition and achieve stability347. Out-of-home caregivers shall be given all relevant information about the child in their care while maintaining confidentiality requirements. Specifically, the 368child welfare professional 371shall:

    372(a) Inform the caregiver of all identified needs of the child;

    383(b) Discuss any training the caregiver may need to care for the child, including any special needs of the child and possible reactions to the specific trauma that the child has experienced;

    415(c) Discuss any services that the child may need and the role of the out-of-home caregiver with regard to transportation, participation in treatment sessions, communication with treatment provider(s) and potential implementation of treatment recommendations in the home;

    452(d) Inform the 455out-of-home 456caregiver about available programs that may provide financial and medical assistance for the child;

    470(e) Provide the 473out-of-home 474caregiver with counseling and information regarding the dependency process and support services available in the community;

    490(f) Review with the licensed 495out-of-home 496caregivers their roles and responsibilities according to the 504“Partnership Plan for Children in Licensed Out-of-Home Care,” incorporated in paragraph 51665C-28.004(6)(c), 517F.A.C. The child welfare professional shall sign a copy of the Partnership Plan and obtain a signature of the licensed out-of-home caregiver, attesting acknowledgment of the requirements at time of placement; 548and,

    549(g) Provide to the 553out-of-home 554caregiver the Child’s Resource Record. The Child’s Resource Record from the previous placement(s) shall be reviewed with the 572out-of-home 573caregiver upon the child’s new placement. The 580child welfare professional 583shall discuss with the 587out-of-home 588caregiver the caregivers’ role in maintaining and updating the Child’s Resource Record.

    600Rulemaking Authority 60239.012, 60339.0121(3), 604(12), (13), 606409.145(5), 607409.165(3) FS. 609Law Implemented 61139.522, 612409.145, 613409.165(4) FS. 615History–New 5-4-06, Amended 5-8-16.


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