Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.63 Athletic Program Participation

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)
4.63 Athletic Program Participation

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Legal Authority/Introduction


  • N/A


The SSW:

  1. Seeks permission from the child’s birth parent to allow the child to participate in an athletic program if parental rights are intact;
  2. Is able to consent for the child’s participation if the birth parent is not available or will not grant permission for the child to participate.

Practice Guidance

  • Foster parents may not provide consent for a child’s participation in an athletic program.
  • When the sponsoring organization offers insurance coverage, arrangements are made for the child to participate in the insurance program, and the foster parents are reimbursed for its cost.


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