Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.56 Use of Tobacco Products

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 4-Out of Home Care Services (OOHC)
4.56 Use of Tobacco Products

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Legal Authority/Introduction



The SSW:

  1. Does not purchase tobacco products for a child in OOHC;
  2. Informs non-relative caregivers (e.g. foster parents, private child care providers) that Kentucky law prohibits them from purchasing tobacco products for use by a child in their care;
  3. Assists the child and his/her caregiver in an attempt to eventually eliminate the child’s tobacco use, and lists efforts on the child/youth action plan section of the case plan if a child who enters OOHC uses tobacco products.

Practice Guidance

  • Family members of a child committed to the custody of the Cabinet are not permitted to purchase tobacco products for the youth.
  • Nicotine replacement products may be purchased (by the care provider, and reimbursed) and the SSW may seek assistance from the child’s physician. 
  • If the child is in a placement that does not offer smoking cessation services they may participate in smoking cessation services offered by local health departments or their contracted agents at no cost.


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