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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 211. Foster and Adoptive Home Approval Standards for Local Departments of Social Services

22VAC40-211-50. Approval Period and Documentation of Approval.

A. The approval period for a provider is 36 months.

B. The approved provider shall be given an approval certificate specifying the following:

1. Type of approval;

2. Date when the approval became effective and the date when the approval lapses;

3. Gender, age, and number of children recommended for placement; and

4. The signature and title of the individual or individuals approving the home.

C. Documentation shall be maintained on the provider and child:

1. The local department's file on the child shall contain:

a. A copy of the provider's approval certificate; or

b. A copy of the licensed child-placing agency license, documentation verifying that required background checks have been received by the child-placing agency and providing the dates of such, and the provider home approval certificate or letter if the provider is approved by a licensed child placing agency.

2. All information on the provider able to be maintained in the department's official child welfare data system shall be maintained in that system.

3. The local department's file on the provider shall contain but not be limited to:

a. A copy of the provider's approval certificate;

b. A copy of the background check results;

c. A copy of the Child Protective Services check;

d. The application;

e. Reference letters;

f. A copy of the mutual family assessment (MFA) and supporting documentation;

g. Documentation of orientation and training;

h. Documentation of contacts and visits in the provider's home;

i. Medical information;

j. A copy of the signed confidentiality agreement and the corporal punishment agreement; and

k. Any other documents set out in guidance as part of the approval process.

4. Local departments shall require the provider to maintain legible written information on each child in the provider's care including:

a. Identifying information on the child;

b. Name, address, and work telephone number of the local department caseworker and local department after hours emergency contact information;

c. Name, address, and home or work telephone numbers of persons authorized to pick up the child;

d. Name of persons not authorized to call or visit the child;

e. Educational records, report cards and other school-related documentation;

f. Medical information pertinent to the health care of the child including all licensed health care providers' names, addresses and telephone numbers and medical care authorization form;

g. Correspondence related to the child;

h. The service plan as well as other written child information provided by the local department;

i. The placement agreement between the provider and the local department; and

j. A copy of the signed confidentiality statement.

5. The provider shall maintain files in a secure location in order to protect the confidentiality of that information. The file and its contents shall not be shared with anyone other than those approved by the local department and shall be returned to the local department if the child leaves the provider's home.

6. The local department and its representatives shall have access to all records.

7. The provider shall notify the local department of any significant changes in the provider's circumstances that impact the conditions of the original approval.

8. Significant changes in the circumstances of the provider that would impact the conditions of provider approval require an addendum updating the MFA.

9. The local department shall revoke or suspend the approval of a provider when a change in the circumstances of the provider results in the provider's temporary inability to meet standards. Reinstating the approval requires resolution of the circumstances that caused the suspension and shall be documented in an addendum to the provider's record. Any child placed with a provider at the time approval is suspended shall be immediately removed. No other children may be placed with the provider during the period of suspension. A suspension does not change the approval period. A provider whose approval has been revoked must submit a new application.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.2-319 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 05, eff. December 1, 2018.

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