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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

22VAC40-211-65. Training for Individuals Providing Only Respite Care.

A. The local department shall ensure that preservice training is provided for respite care providers. This training shall address, but not be limited to, the following core competencies:

1. Factors that contribute to neglect, emotional maltreatment, physical abuse, and sexual abuse, and the effects thereof;

2. Conditions and experiences that may cause developmental delays and affect attachment;

3. Reunification as the primary child welfare goal, the process and experience of reunification;

4. Importance of visits and other contacts in strengthening relationships between the child and his birth family, including his siblings;

5. The professional team's role in supporting the transition to permanency and preventing unplanned placement disruptions;

6. Impact of multiple placements on a child's development;

7. Cultural, spiritual, social, and economic similarities and differences between a child's primary family and foster or adoptive family;

8. Preparing a child for family visits and helping him manage his feelings in response to family contacts;

9. Developmentally appropriate, effective, and nonphysical disciplinary techniques;

10. Maintaining a home and community environment that promotes safety and well-being;

11. Promoting a child's sense of identity, history, culture, and values;

12. Respecting a child's connection to his birth family, previous foster families, and adoptive families; and

13. Being nonjudgmental in caring for the child, working with his family, and collaborating with other members of the team.

B. The department shall provide opportunities annually for in-service training.

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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