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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 131. Standards for Licensed Child-Placing Agencies
3/29/2020

22VAC40-131-40. Licensee.

A. The licensee shall ensure compliance with all regulations for licensed child-placing agencies and terms of the current license issued by the department; and with relevant federal, state, or local laws and relevant regulations.

B. The licensee shall comply with its own policies and procedures.

C. The licensee shall be of good character and reputation as defined in 22VAC40-80-10.

D. The licensee shall meet the requirements specified in 22VAC40-191, Background Checks for Child Welfare Agencies.

E. The licensee shall meet the requirements specified in 22VAC40-80, General Procedures and Information for Licensure.

F. The licensee shall maintain sufficient funds to ensure operation in compliance with this chapter.

G. The licensee shall ensure that the child-placing agency makes and maintains such records and other information as required by this chapter. The licensee shall submit, or make available for inspection to the department's representative, records, reports, and other information as necessary to assist the department in determining the licensee's compliance with this chapter and applicable law.

H. The licensee shall allow the department's representative to interview the licensee's employees and individuals under its custody, control, direction, or supervision.

I. The licensee shall at all times allow the department's representative reasonable opportunities to conduct announced and unannounced inspections of the licensee's approved homes.

J. The licensee shall:

1. Correct any areas of noncompliance found during inspections;

2. Take necessary actions to prevent reoccurrence of noncompliance; and

3. Make and implement necessary revisions to its policies and procedures.

K. The licensee shall not disseminate, or cause directly or indirectly to be disseminated, statements regarding services that are untrue, deceptive, or misleading.

L. The licensee shall ensure that information, brochures, and materials distributed or available to the public contain accurate and updated information.

M. The licensee shall maintain ultimate responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of children under its custody, control, and direction and shall ensure that an on-call licensee representative is available 24 hours a day 7 days each week to receive contacts from foster parents, children, and other staff of placement settings in which children have been placed by the licensee. The licensee shall provide interventions and follow-up services, as necessary.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.2-1734 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 28, Issue 10, eff. May 1, 2012; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 21, eff. July 17, 2013.

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