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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 221. Additional Daily Supervision Rate Structure

22VAC40-221-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Additional daily supervision" or "ADS" means a child's need for increased supervision and support. ADS is the basis for determining if an enhanced maintenance payment to a foster parent or an adoptive parent entering into an adoption assistance agreement is needed. The need for ADS is also the basis for increased expectations for the child-placing agency and the foster parent or the adoptive parent prior to the finalization of the adoption in meeting the needs of the child.

"Adoption assistance" means a money payment or services provided to adoptive parents on behalf of a child with special needs.

"Adoption assistance agreement" means a written agreement between the local department of social services (LDSS) and the adoptive parent that is binding on both parties and includes maintenance and, when applicable, additional daily supervision, Medicaid, services and nonrecurring fees.

"Adoptive placement" means the placement of a child for the purposes of adoption in a home with a signed adoptive placement agreement.

"ADS emergency placement" means the sudden, unplanned, or unexpected placement of a child who needs immediate care in a foster home and the placement occurs prior to the agency obtaining adequate information regarding the child's needs. ADS emergency placements require the foster parent to provide increased supervision and support to ensure the child's safety.

"Child-placing agency" means any person who places children in foster homes, adoptive homes, or independent living arrangements pursuant to § 63.2-1819 of the Code of Virginia or a local board that places children in foster homes or adoptive homes pursuant to § 63.2-900, 63.2-903, or 63.2-1221 of the Code of Virginia. Officers, employees, or agents of the Commonwealth, or any locality, acting within the scope of their authority as such, who serve as or maintain a child-placing agency, shall not be required to be licensed.

"CRAFFT" means Community Resource, Adoptive, and Foster Family Training. CRAFFT specialists are available to local departments of social services to provide assistance regarding training for foster families.

"Department" means the Virginia Department of Social Services.

"Enhanced maintenance payment" means the payment made to a foster parent over and above the basic foster care maintenance payment or to an adoptive parent when the adoption assistance agreement is negotiated. It is based on the needs of the child for additional daily supervision as identified by the uniform rate assessment tool.

"Foster care maintenance payment" means payments to cover the cost of food, clothing, shelter, daily supervision, school supplies, a child's personal incidentals, liability insurance with respect to a child, reasonable travel to the child's home for visitation, and reasonable travel for the child to remain in the school in which the child was enrolled at the time of placement.

"LDSS" means the local department of social services.

"Licensed" means licensed child-placing agencies; entities licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; licensed behavioral health professionals or behavioral health professionals working under the direct supervision of a licensed behavioral health professional.

"Treatment foster care" or "TFC" means a community-based program where services are designed to address the special needs of children and families. Services to children and youth are delivered primarily by treatment foster parents who are trained, supervised, and supported by agency staff. Treatment is primarily foster family based.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 673.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2014.

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