- Explores placement in a care plus foster/adoptive home if the child:
- Displays aggressive, destructive, or disruptive behavior;
- Has a diagnosed emotional or behavioral problem;
- Is due to be released from a treatment facility;
- Is at risk of being placed in a more restrictive setting;
- Is at risk of institutionalization; or
- Has experienced numerous placement failures;
- Discusses the appropriateness and availability of a care plus placement with the recruitment and certification (R&C) team if the child meets the criteria established in the proceeding procedure and has a level of care assignment of three (3), four (4), or five (5);
- Forwards the approved care plus referral to the Billing Specialist;
- Or R&C worker ensures that the child’s activities and behaviors are recorded on a DPP-130-Weekly Record of Events (WROE) by the foster/adoptive parent;
- Visits the child, at a minimum, once per calendar month in the care plus foster/adoptive home to:
- Determine whether the child’s needs are being met;
- Provide supportive services to the foster/adoptive parents;
- Review the WROE; and
- Determine when further services are indicated; 1
- Or R&C worker ensures that the care plus foster parent(s) maintains the WROEs in the care plus foster/adoptive home;
- Assists by providing the WROEs from the previous placement to the new placement provider if the child’s placement changes.
The R&C team:
- Identifies an approved care plus foster/adoptive home for the child, and when the situation permits, schedules a pre-placement visit for the child with the foster/adoptive parent(s), but more than one pre-placement visit may be needed to successfully transition the child into the home.
The FSOS or designee:
Approves a care plus per diem rate. The care plus rate may be made retroactively, however, no more than thirty (30) days from the date of the care plus approval.
The SSW, R&C worker, and foster/adoptive parent(s):
Consider a plan to assess the following prior to placement, or at the time of the first home visit after the child’s placement:
- Management of the child’s behaviors in the home, at school, and in other settings;
- Specific methods for measuring the child’s progress; and
- Meeting the child’s needs when the primary care plus parent is employed outside the home.
- Because of the excessive demands and stresses related to caring for a child in a care plus foster/adoptive home, weekly phone calls by the SSW are encouraged.
- When the permanency goal is return to parent, ongoing contact between the foster/adoptive parent(s) and the child’s birth family is encouraged during periodic reviews and visitation.
- The foster/adoptive family is to act as a role model for the birth family, assisting them to implement components of the plan prepared for the child.
- WROE documents are maintained in the care plus foster/adoptive home for a period of one (1) year.