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ALASKA OFFICE OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES

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Table of Contents:



1.0 INTRODUCTION 1

1.1 PURPOSE 1

1.2 AGENCY AUTHORITY AND HISTORY 1

1.3 CODE OF ETHICS FOR THE STAFF OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES 1

1.4 POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZATION 1

1.7 THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (ICWA) 17

1.16 GRIEVANCE, FAIR HEARINGS, AND APPEALS 1

2.0 INTAKE 15

2.1 PROTECTIVE SERVICES REPORTS 15

2.1.1 PROTECTIVE SERVICES REPORTS ON A LICENSED FOSTER PARENT’S FOSTER, BIOLOGICAL, ADOPTED, OR GUARDIAN CHILD – COORDINATION WITH FOSTER HOME LICENSING 1

2.1.2 REQUESTS FROM OTHER STATES - PROTECTIVE SERVICES ALERTS AND INTERSTATE REQUESTS FOR CHILD PROTECTION RECORDS CHECKS 1

2.1.3 PROTECTIVE SERVICES REPORTS ON OCS EMPLOYEES 1

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2.1.4 REPEAT MALTREATMENT 44

2.1.5 SAFE SURRENDER OF INFANT 1

2.2.1 PRIORITY LEVEL RESPONSE TIMES AND DEFINITION OF INITIATION 46

2.2.3 MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CHILD PROTECTION TEAMS 1

2.2.5 CONDUCTING AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT 1

2.2.5.1 PRESENT AND IMPENDING DANGER AND THE CHILD SAFETY PLAN 18

2.2.5.3 TRANSFERRING CASES IN INITIAL ASSESSMENT AND FAMILY SERVICES 1

2.2.5.5 DRUG TESTING 1

2.2.6 SCREENING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 1

2.2.7 RUNAWAY AND MISSING MINORS 1

2.2.10 OUTCOME 1

2.2.10.1 MALTREATMENT FINDINGS 1

2.2.10.2 CASE DECISION 5

2.2.11 FEEDBACK TO REPORTERS 75

2.3.1 EMERGENCY CUSTODY/DECISION MAKING 1

2.3.2 EMERGENCY CUSTODY/NOTIFICATION, PETITION, RELEASE, AND FILING 1

2.3.3 EMERGENCY CUSTODY/ PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING AND COURT ORDERS 1

2.3.6 PLACEMENTS FOLLOWING EMERGENCY CUSTODY 1

2.4.1 NON-EMERGENCY CUSTODY/DECISION MAKING 1

2.4.2 NON-EMERGENCY CUSTODY/PETITION FILING PROCEDURES 1

2.4.3 NON-EMERGENCY CUSTODY/PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING AND COURT ORDERS 1

2.5 ESTABLISHING PATERNITY/SEARCH FOR ABSENT OR UNKNOWN PARENT/SEARCH FOR RELATIVES 1

2.5.1 ESTABLISHING PATERNITY 1

2.5.2 SEARCH FOR ABSENT OR UNKNOWN PARENT 5

2.6 PLACEMENTS 106

2.6.1 VOLUNTARY PLACEMENTS 106

2.6.2 NON-VOLUNTARY PLACEMENT 108

2.9 CASE PLANNING 1

2.9.1 A FRAMEWORK FOR ESSENTIALS IN CASE PLANNING 1

2.9.3 FAMILY SERVICES ASSESSMENT: CASE PLANNING WITH PARENTS 1

2.9.4 FAMILY SERVICES ASSESSMENT: CASE PLANNING WITH CHILDREN 1

2.9.5 FAMILY SERVICES ASSESSMENT: CASE PLANNING AND TRANSITION PLANNING WITH YOUTH 1

2.11 TEAM DECISION MAKING (TDM) 1


3.0 PERMANENCY PLANNING/INTRODUCTION 129

3.1 ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEWS 1

3.1.4 PERMANENCY GOALS AND PERMANENCY PLANNING 1

3.1.5 PLACEMENT DECISION CONFERENCE (OPTIONAL) 155

3.2 SERVICES TO ALL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 1

3.2.1 CASEWORKER VISITS WITH CHILDREN, PARENTS, AND CAREGIVERS 1

3.2.2 SERVICE DELIVERY 161

3.2.3 SERVICES TO THE FAMILY - CHILDREN IN-HOME 166

3.2.4 SERVICES TO THE FAMILY - CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE 168

3.3 SERVICE EFFORTS TO PREVENT PLACEMENT AND/OR SERVICES TO RETURN CHILD TO HOME 171

3.4 PLACEMENT OPTIONS 1

3.4.2 PLACEMENT WITH OCS EMPLOYEES 180

3.5 NON-EMERGENCY PLACEMENTS 1

3.5.1 ASSESSMENT OF UNLICENSED HOMES 13

3.5.4 SEARCHING FOR RELATIVES, IDENTIFYING PLACEMENT PREFERENCES AND PROCESSING REQUESTS FOR PLACEMENT

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3.5.5 BACKGROUND CHECKS 1

3.5.5.A BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR PLACEMENT RESOURCES 1

3.5.5.B BARRIER CRIMES AND VARIANCES 1

3.7 CHANGE OR TERMINATION OF A PLACEMENT/TRIAL HOME VISIT/RETURN HOME 1

3.7.1 CHANGE OR TERMINATION OF A PLACEMENT 1

3.7.2 TRIAL HOME VISIT/RETURN HOME 1

3.8 REUNIFICATION EFFORTS 1

3.9 PREPARATION FOR RELINQUISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS/CONSENT TO ADOPTION BY PARENT 5

3.9.1 PREPARATION FOR RELINQUISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 5

3.9.2 CONSENT TO ADOPTION BY PARENT 199

3.10 PREPARATION FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 201

3.11 RETURN TO BIOLOGICAL PARENTS AFTER TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 204

3.12 GUARDIANSHIP 1

3.13 PERMANENT PLACEMENT WITH A FIT AND WILLING RELATIVE 1

3.14.1 INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES DELIVERY 3

3.14.2 RESOURCES FOR YOUTH IN CUSTODY AND YOUTH NO LONGER IN CUSTODY 19

3.14.2.1 RESOURCES FOR YOUTH IN CUSTODY 19

3.14.2.2 RESOURCES FOR FORMER FOSTER YOUTH 25

3.14.3 ANOTHER PLANNED PERMANENT LIVING ARRANGEMENT (APPLA) 27

3.14.4 RESUMPTION OF CUSTODY 33

3.15 ADOPTION 215

3.15.4 THE ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP HOMESTUDY PROCESS 1

3.15.5 FULL DISCLOSURE TO ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP PLACEMENTS 1

3.16 ADOPTION EXCHANGES 7

3.17 ADOPTION AND LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP FINALIZATION AND CASE CLOSURE 1

3.18 ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP DISRUPTION/DISSOLUTION 247

3.18.1 ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP DISRUPTION 247

3.18.2 ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIP DISSOLUTION 248

3.19 DEATH OF A CHILD IN ADOPTIVE PLACEMENT 249

3.20 CLOSING CASES 1

3.20.1.A CLOSING CPS FAMILY AND POST-TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS CASES FOLLOWING REUNIFICATION, EMANICIPATION OR REACHING THE AGE OF MAJORITY 1

3.20.3 CULTURAL ADOPTION WITH OCS CONSENT 5

3.24 SPECIAL ISSUES 21

3.24.1 OCS EMPLOYEES AS ADOPTION/GUARDIAN APPLICANTS TO CHILDREN IN THE CUSTODY OF OCS 21

3.24.6 ADOPTIONS - NOTICE TO THE DIVISION 33



4.0 COURT PROCEEDINGS - INTRODUCTION 1

4.1 RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ROLES OF PARTIES AND PARTICIPANTS IN A COURT PROCEEDING 1

4.2 EMERGENCY CUSTODY 1

4.3 PETITION FOR ADJUDICATION OF CHILD IN NEED OF AID 1

4.4 PARTICIPATION IN AND PREPARATION FOR COURT HEARINGS 1

4.4.1 PARTICIPATION IN COURT HEARINGS 1

4.4.2 PREPARATION OF PARTICIPANTS IN COURT HEARINGS 2

4.4.3 PRE-COURT CONFERENCES 4

4.5 COURT HEARINGS, FINDINGS AND ORDERS 1

4.5.1 PROBABLE CAUSE/TEMPORARY CUSTODY HEARING 2

4.5.2 MEETING OF THE PARTIES (ICC) AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCE 4

4.5.3 ADJUDICATION HEARING 5

4.5.4 DISPOSITION HEARING 7

4.5.5 PERMANENCY HEARING 10

4.5.6 ANNUAL REVIEW OF SUPERVISION 14

4.5.7 EXTENSION OF CUSTODY/SUPERVISION HEARING 15

4.5.8 HEARING ON PLACEMENT IN RESIDENTIAL PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT CENTER 18

4.5.9 MISCELLANEOUS HEARINGS 20

4.6 CONSENT TO ADOPTION 1

4.6.1 CONSENT BY PARENT 2

4.6.2 CONSENT BY THE DEPARTMENT 5

4.7 VOLUNTARY RELINQUISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 1

4.8 TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 1

4.9 ADOPTION 1

4.10 APPEALS AND PETITIONS FOR REVIEW 1

4.11 ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION 1

4.13 EMANCIPATION 1

4.14 RELEASE OF CUSTODY 1

4.15 TRIBAL JURISDICTION 1

4.16 DEFINITIONS 5


5.0 INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN (ICPC) 1

5.1 OVERVIEW 1

5.2 AUTHORITY IN INTERPRETING ICPC STATUTE 1

5.3 DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY AND FLOW OF COMMUNICATIONS 1

5.4 ILLEGAL INTERSTATE PLACEMENTS AND PENALTIES 1

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5.5 ICPC AND THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT 1

5.6 ICPC AND PLACEMENTS ONTO INDIAN RESERVATIONS 1

5.7 PLACEMENTS OUT OF COUNTRY 1

5.8 ICPC – IN CASES AND FOSTER YOUTH AGES 18-21 1

5.9 ICPC AND VISITS OUT OF STATE 1

5.10 ICPC AND TEMPORARY RELOCATIONS 1

5.11 ICPC AND PERMANENT INTERSTATE RELOCATIONS 1

5.12 ICPC AND ADOPTIONS 1

5.13 ICPC AND GUARDIANSHIPS 1

5.14 ICPC AND PRIVATE CHILD PLACEMENT AGENCIES 1

5.15 ICPC AND OUT OF STATE RESIDENTIAL PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT CENTERS (RPTC) 1

5.16 FINANCIAL SUPPORTS AND MEDICAL COVERAGE PLANNING 1

5.17 ICPC FORMS 1

5.18 PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN INTERSTATE PLACEMENT REQUEST 1

5.19 ICPC PLACEMENT REQUEST PACKET – REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS 1

5.20 ICPC REQUESTS FOR AN EXPEDITED PLACEMENT DECISION 1

5.21 RECEIPT AND ACCEPTANCE OF COMPLETED HOME STUDY 1

5.22 COMPLETING THE INTERSTATE COMPACT (ICPC) HOME STUDY 1

5.23 PREPARATIONS FOR PLACING A CHILD OUT OF STATE 1

5.24 ICPC PLACEMENT SUPERVISION 1

5.25 ICPC PLACEMENT DISRUPTIONS 1

5.26 MOVING A CHILD FROM ONE OUT OF STATE PLACEMENT TO ANOTHER OUT OF STATE PLACEMENT 1

5.27 RETAINING JURISDICTION AND PERMANENCY 1

6.0 ADMINISTRATION 1

6.1 GENERAL 1

6.1.2 CONFIDENTIALITY 1

6.1.3 CONFLICT OF INTEREST 163

6.1.6 VOLUNTEERS 171

6.1.7 RESEARCH 173

6.1.8 TRAINING 175

6.1.9 INCIDENT REPORTS 179

6.1.10 NEWS MEDIA 183

6.1.11 PUBLIC SPEECHES 185

6.1.12 REVIEW OF CHILD FATALITIES OR NEAR FATALITIES 1

6.1.12.B CRITICAL REVIEW 1

6.1.13 LEGAL REPRESENTATION 193

6.1.14 AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE 195

6.1.15 RESTRAINING CHILDREN 197

6.1.16 BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR DIVISION EMPLOYEES 198

6.2 FINANCIAL 1

6.2.1 INCOMING FUNDS 1

6.2.1.1 BENEFITS FOR CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF CHILDREN 1

6.2.1.2 CHILD SUPPORT 1

6.2.1.3 FEDERAL SUPPORT – TITLE IV-E AND MEDICAID 1

6.2.1.4 VERIFYING CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS 216

6.2.2 OUTGOING FUNDS 1

6.2.2.1 THE PROVIDER PAYMENT SYSTEM 1

6.2.2.3 FOSTER CARE PAYMENT 5

6.2.2.3.A DIFFICULTY OF CARE AUGMENTED RATES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE OR FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE ASSISTANCE 13

6.2.2.3.B PAYMENT DURING TEMPORARY ABSENCES 1

6.2.2.3.C PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEENS 3

6.2.2.3.D INTENSIVE AUGMENTED RATES FOR MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN 1

6.2.2.4 CHILDCARE SERVICES 1

6.2.2.4.A CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN RESIDING IN THEIR OWN HOME 1

6.2.2.4.B CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN RESIDING IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE 5

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6.2.2.5 RESPITE CARE 253



6.2.2.6 SUBSIDIES 1

6.2.2.7 REQUEST FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDS 9

6.2.2.8 CLOTHING 1

6.2.2.9 DAMAGES AND LOSS – REIMBURSEMENT TO FOSTER PARENTS 1

6.2.2.11 REQUEST FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING INDIVIDUAL FUNDS FOR YOUTH IN CUSTODY AND YOUTH NO LONGER IN CUSTODY 1

6.2.3 FINANCIAL: OTHER 27

6.2.3.1 INCOME AND ASSETS OF CHILDREN IN CUSTODY 27

6.2.3.1.A GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN OCS CUSTODY 27

6.2.3.1.B INCOME OF CHILDREN IN OCS CUSTODY 29

6.2.3.1.C PROTECTION OF CHILDREN'S MAJOR ASSETS 31

6.2.3.2. PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND 1

6.2.3.2.A APPLYING FOR THE PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND (PFD) 1

6.2.3.2.B RELEASING PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND (PFD) TRUST ACCOUNT FUNDS 1

6.2.3.2.C FAILURE TO FILE PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND (PFD) APPLICATIONS 1

6.2.3.3 ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION DIVIDENDS 1

6.3 MEDICAL, DENTAL, VISION, AND MENTAL HEALTH 3

6.3.1 MEDICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION CARE 3

6.3.2 MENTAL HEALTH CARE/ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION 1

6.3.3 MEDICAID TRAVEL 1

6.4 SAFETY 49

6.5 PLACEMENT 1

6.5.1 REGIONAL PLACEMENT COMMITTEE 1

6.5.2 RESIDENTIAL PSYCHIATRIC CENTER LEVEL OF CARE 1

6.5.3 PLACEMENT AGENCIES 61

6.5.4 PRUDENT PARENT STANDARD 1

6.5.5 MONITORING OUT-OF-HOME CARE 65

6.5.6 FAMILY CONTACT FOR PARENTS, GUARDIAN, INDIAN CUSTODIAN, AND FAMILY MEMBERS 1

6.5.7 FOSTER PARENTS MOVE WHEN A CHILD IS IN PLACEMENT 71

6.5.8 PARTICIPATION IN RISK ACTIVITIES 1

6.5.9 EDUCATION 1

6.5.10 TRIPS FOR A CHILD IN CUSTODY 1

6.5.11 DEATH OF A CHILD IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE 83

6.5.12 DRIVER’S LICENSE/DRIVER’S PRIVILEGES/DRIVER’S EDUCATION 87

6.6 CLIENT SUPPORT SERVICES 1

6.6.1 INTRASTATE CASE TRANSFERS 1

6.6.2 OUT-OF-TOWN REQUESTS (OTR) 4

6.6.3 NOTIFICATION OF COURT HEARINGS AND CONFERENCES, ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEWS, REMOVALS, AND ASSUMPTION OF CUSTODY 10

6.8 REPORTS/RECORDS 1

6.8.1 CASE RECORDS 1

6.8.2 CHRONOLOGICAL ENTRIES 103

6.8.3 SUPERVISORY CASE REVIEW 107

6.8.3.A CASE STAFFING MEETINGS 107

6.8.3.B CASE RECORD REVIEW 107

6.8.4 INQUIRIES TO ALASKA PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION NETWORK (APSIN) 1



CHAPTER 7 REFERENCE MATERIAL

ALASKA’S INTERDEPARTMENTAL CHILD ABUSE AGREEMENT




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