Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
3/28/2020

Chapter 211. Foster and Adoptive Home Approval Standards for Local Departments of Social Services

22VAC40-211-10. Definitions.

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

"Adoptive parent" means any provider selected and approved by a parent or a local department for the placement of a child with the intent of adoption.

"Adult" means any person 18 years of age or over.

"Applicant" means an individual or couple applying to be approved as a foster or adoptive home provider or to provide respite services.

"Background checks" means a sworn statement or affirmation disclosing whether the individual has a criminal conviction, is the subject of any pending charges within or outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is the subject of a founded complaint of abuse or neglect within or outside the Commonwealth; criminal history record information; child abuse and neglect central registry check; and any other requirement as set forth in § 63.2-901.1 of the Code of Virginia.

"Caretaker" means any individual having the responsibility of providing care for a child and includes the following: (i) parent or other person legally responsible for the child's care; (ii) an adult who by law, social custom, express or implied acquiescence, collective consensus, agreement, or any other legally recognizable basis has an obligation to look after the well-being of a child left in his care; and (iii) persons responsible by virtue of their positions of conferred authority.

"Central registry" means a subset of the child abuse and neglect information system and is the name index with identifying information on an individual named as an abuser or neglector in founded child abuse or neglect complaints or reports not currently under administrative appeal, maintained by the department.

"Child" means any natural person under 18 years of age.

"Child-placing agency" means any person who places children in foster or adoptive homes or independent living arrangements pursuant to § 63.2-1819 of the Code of Virginia or a local board of social services 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.

"Child abuse and neglect information system" means the computer system that collects and maintains information regarding incidents of child abuse and neglect involving parents or other caretakers. The computer system is composed of three parts: the statistical information system with nonidentifying information, the central registry of founded complaints not on appeal, and a database that can be accessed only by the department and local departments that contains all nonpurged child protective services reports. This system is the official state automated system.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department, his designee, or authorized representative.

"Corporal punishment" means punishment administered through the intentional infliction of pain or discomfort to the body through actions such as, but not limited to, (i) striking, or hitting with any part of the body or with an implement; (ii) pinching, pulling, or shaking; or (iii) any similar action that normally inflicts pain or discomfort.

"Department" means the State Department of Social Services.

"Dually approved" means applicants have met the required standards to be approved as a foster and adoptive family home provider.

"Foster care placement" means placement of a child through (i) an agreement between the parents or guardians and the local board of social services where the legal custody remains with the parents or guardians or (ii) an entrustment or commitment of the child to the local board of social services or licensed child-placing agency.

"Foster parent" means an approved provider who gives 24-hour substitute family care, room and board, and services for children or youth committed or entrusted to a child-placing agency.

"In-service training" means the ongoing instruction received by providers after they complete their preservice training.

"Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children" means a uniform law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that establishes orderly procedures for the interstate placement of children and sets responsibility for those involved in placing those children.

"Kinship foster parent" means an approved relative provider who gives 24-hour substitute family care, room and board, and services for children or youth committed or entrusted to a child-placing agency.

"Local department" means the local department of social services of any county or city in the Commonwealth.

"Normalcy" means allowing children and youth in foster care to experience childhood and adolescence in ways similar to their peers who are not in foster care by empowering foster parents and congregate care staff to use the reasonable and prudent parent standard as referenced in 42 USC § 675(10)(A) when making decisions regarding extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities.

"Parent" means the birth or adoptive parent of a child.

"Preservice training" means the instruction received by providers during the initial approval process.

"Provider" means an approved foster, adoptive, or kinship foster parent, or an individual approved to provide respite services. Individuals who wish to provide only respite services must meet all standards in this chapter unless there is a noted exception for respite providers.

"Respite care" means the provision of the service of temporary care for children on an emergency or planned basis for the purposes of providing placement stability, supporting the achievement of timely permanency, and promoting connections to relatives. Respite care services shall not exceed 14 consecutive days.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 7, eff. December 26, 2019.

22VAC40-211-20. Approval of provider homes.

A. When applicants are approved in accordance with the standards of this chapter, they are approved as foster or adoptive providers. The approved provider shall be allowed to choose to provide only foster or adoptive care.

B. If the relative provider cannot meet the standards described in this chapter, the local department may, upon its discretion, request a waiver on certain standards in accordance with 22VAC40-211-90. If the waiver is not allowed, the local department shall not approve the home for the placement of children.

C. The standards of this chapter apply to adoptive home providers until the final order of adoption is issued for a specific child. The standards continue to apply after the final order of adoption if the provider wishes to continue as an approved foster care provider.

D.

Local departments may grant emergency approval of a provider.

1. Emergency approvals shall include:

a. Completed background checks; and

b. A home visit by the local department prior to or on the day of the placement.

2. Emergency approvals shall not exceed 60 days.

3. Emergency approval of a provider may be granted when the placement:

a. Is with a relative;

b. Is with an adult known to the family; or

c. Will facilitate the child remaining in the community.

E. All local department-approved providers shall:

1. Be at least 18 years of age;

2. Agree not to use corporal punishment with the child in their care or allow others to do so and shall sign an agreement to that effect; and

3. Sign a confidentiality agreement indicating that the individual completing the mutual family assessment for the local department explained the confidential nature of the information related to the child in his care and of the requirement to maintain that confidentiality.

F. If the approval process results in the local department's denial of the application, the local department shall notify the applicant in writing of its decision. A copy of the letter shall be filed in the applicant's record.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-30. Background checks, health standards, and driving record.

A. All background checks must be in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Convictions of offenses as set out in § 63.2-1719 of the Code of Virginia shall preclude approval of an application to become a provider.

B. Documentation of the results of the background check shall be maintained in the applicant's record. Background check information shall not be disseminated to any other party nor shall it be archived except in the local department's provider file.

C. The applicant and all other household members who come in contact with children shall submit to tuberculosis assessment, screening, or tests in compliance with Virginia Department of Health requirements. The applicant and other caretakers residing in the home shall submit the results of a physical examination administered within the 13-month period prior to approval, from a licensed health care professional that comments on each applicant's or caretaker's mental or physical condition relative to taking care of a child.

D. The local department shall obtain a Department of Motor Vehicle driver record check for all applicants or other adults in the home who are expected to transport children and shall consider the results of the driver record check in the approval process.

1. If an applicant will transport children, the applicant shall have a valid driver's license and automobile liability insurance.

2. The vehicle used to transport the child shall have a valid registration and inspection sticker.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-40. Mutual family assessment requirements.

A. An applicant shall complete and submit an application in accordance with department requirements and on department-approved forms or other forms that address all of the department's requirements.

B. Upon submission of a completed provider application, the local department is responsible for ensuring the initiation of the approval process. If at any point in the approval process the local department determines the home may not be approved, the application may be denied, and the process ended.

C. Local departments shall conduct a minimum of three face-to-face interviews on three separate days with each applicant, at least one interview shall be in the applicant's home. If there are two individuals listed as applicants, at least one interview must be with both individuals. At least one interview shall be with all individuals who reside in the home.

D. The local department shall obtain at least three references from persons who have knowledge of each applicant's character and applicable experience with children and caretaking of others. At least one reference per applicant shall be from a nonrelative.

E. Local departments shall ask if an applicant previously applied to, or was approved by, another local department or licensed child-placing agency. The local department shall have the applicant sign a request to release information from the other agency in order to obtain information about previous applications and performance and shall use that information in considering approval of the applicant.

F. As part of the approval process, the local department shall conduct a mutual family assessment (MFA). The MFA shall be completed on the approved MFA template and address all elements required by this standard and be documented by a combination of narrative and other data collection formats, and shall be signed and dated by the individual completing the MFA and the director of the local department or his designee. The information contained in the MFA shall include:

1. Demographic information including:

a. Age of applicant;

b. Marital status and history including verifications; and

c. Family composition and history.

2. Financial information (not required for applicants to be only respite providers) including:

a. Employment information on applicant;

b. Assets and resources of applicant; and

c. Debts and obligations of applicant.

3. List of individuals involved in completing the MFA process and their roles.

4. Narrative documentation shall include information from the interviews, references, observations and other available information and shall be used to assess and document that the applicant:

a. Is knowledgeable about the necessary care for children and physically and mentally capable of providing the necessary care for children;

b. Is able to articulate a reasonable process for managing emergencies and ensuring the adequate care, safety, and protection of children;

c. Expresses attitudes that demonstrate the capacity to love and nurture a child born to someone else;

d. Expresses appropriate motivation to foster and adopt;

e. Shows stability in all household relationships;

f. Has the financial resources to provide for current and ongoing household needs; and

g. Has complied with 22VAC40-211-70.

G. The individual completing the MFA for the local department shall have met the training requirements. The local department worker shall have knowledge related to foster care and adoption policy and the skills and standards for developing the MFA and approving a foster or adoptive home.

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 7, eff. December 26, 2019.

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 Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-60. Training.

A. The local department shall ensure that preservice training is provided for foster and adoptive 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. Stages of normal human growth and development;

4. Concept of permanence for children and selection of the permanency goal;

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

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

7. Legal and social processes and implications of adoption;

8. Support of older youth's transition to independent living;

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

10. Relationship between child welfare laws, the local department's mandates, and how the local department carries out its mandates;

11. Purpose of service planning;

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

13. Types of and response to loss, and the factors that influence the experience of separation, loss, and placement;

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

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

16. Developmentally appropriate, effective and nonphysical disciplinary techniques;

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

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

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

20. Roles, rights, and responsibilities of foster parents and adoptive parents;

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

22. Mandated child abuse and neglect reporter laws and responsibilities; and

23. Normalcy for youth in foster care.

B. Local departments shall ensure that each foster and adoptive home provider receives annual in-service training.

1. Training shall be relevant to the needs of children and families and may be structured to include multiple types of training modalities (for example, online foster parent training courses; seminars and conferences).

2. The department shall provide opportunities for training on an annual basis.

C. The provider is required to complete preservice and annual in-service trainings. As a condition of reapproval each provider shall complete in-service training.

D. Local departments shall explain confidentiality requirements to providers and require providers to keep confidential all information regarding the child, his family, and the circumstances that resulted in the child coming into care.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 7, eff. December 26, 2019.

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 Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-70. Standards for the home of the provider.

A. The home shall have sufficient appropriate space and furnishings for each child receiving care in the home including:

1. Space to keep clothing and other personal belongings;

2. Accessible basin and toilet facilities;

3. Safe, comfortable sleeping furnishings;

4. Sleeping space on the first floor of the home for a child unable to use stairs unassisted, other than a child who can easily be carried; and

5. Space for recreational activities.

B. All rooms used by the child shall be heated in winter, dry, and well-ventilated and have appropriate access to exits in case of emergency.

C. Rooms and study space used by the child shall have adequate lighting.

D. The provider and children shall have access to a working telephone in the home.

E. Multiple children sharing a bedroom shall each have adequate space including closet and storage space. Bedrooms shall have adequate square footage for each child to have personal space.

F. Children over the age of two years shall not share a bed.

G. Children over the age of two shall not share a bedroom with an adult unless the local department approves and documents a plan to allow the child to sleep in the adult's bedroom due to documented needs, disabilities or other specified conditions. Children of any age cannot share a bed with an adult.

H. Children of the opposite sex over the age of three shall not sleep in the same room.

I. Children under age seven or children with significant and documented cognitive or physical disabilities shall not use the top bunk of bunk beds.

J. The home and grounds shall be free from litter and debris and present no hazard to the safety of the child receiving care.

1. The provider shall permit a fire inspection of the home by appropriate authorities if conditions indicate a need and the local department requests such an inspection.

2. Possession of any weapons, including firearms, in the home shall comply with federal and state laws and local ordinances. The provider shall store any firearms and other weapons with the activated safety mechanisms, in a locked closet or cabinet. Ammunition shall be stored in a separate and locked area. The key or combination to the locked closet or cabinet shall be maintained out of the reach of all children in the home.

3. Providers shall ensure that household pets are not a health or safety hazard in accordance with state laws and local ordinances and the local department shall request verification of provider compliance.

4. Providers shall keep cleaning supplies and other toxic substances stored away from food and locked as appropriate. Medications shall be out of reach of children and locked as appropriate. Medications shall be stored separately from food, except those medicines that require refrigeration.

5. Every home shall have an operable smoke detector, the specific requirements of which shall be coordinated through the local fire marshal. If a locality does not have a local fire marshal, the state fire marshal shall be contacted.

6. Every home shall contain basic first aid supplies.

K. The number of children in the provider's home shall not exceed eight. Factors to consider in determining capacity include, but are not limited to:

1. The physical accommodations of the home;

2. The capabilities and skills of the provider to manage the number of children;

3. The needs and special requirements of the child;

4. Whether the child's best interest requires placement in a certain type of home;

5. Whether any individuals in the home, including the provider's children, require special attention or services of the provider that interfere with the provider's ability to ensure the safety of all children in the home; and

6. Whether the foster care provider is also a child care provider.

L. During the approval process, the provider shall develop a written emergency plan that includes, but is not limited to, fire and natural disasters. The plan shall include:

1. How the provider plans to maintain the safety and meet the needs of the child in the provider's home during a disaster;

2. How the provider shall evacuate the home, if necessary, in a disaster; and

3. How the provider shall relocate in the event of a large scale evacuation.

M. Providers shall arrange for responsible adults to be available who can serve in the caretaker's role in case of an emergency. If the planned or long-term absence of the provider is required, the local department shall be notified of and approve any substitute arrangements the provider wishes to make.

N. In the event of a large scale evacuation due to a disaster, if the provider cannot reach the local department, the provider shall call the State Child Abuse Hotline to notify the department of the provider's location and contact information.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-80. Standards of care for continued approval.

A. The provider shall provide care that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status.

B. The provider shall ensure the child receives meals and snacks appropriate to his daily nutritional needs. The child shall receive a special diet if prescribed by a licensed health care provider or designee or in accordance with religious or ethnic requirements or other special needs.

C. The provider shall ensure that he can be responsive to the special mental health and medical needs of the child.

D. The provider shall establish rules that encourage desired behavior and discourage undesired behavior. The provider shall not use corporal punishment or give permission to others to do so and shall sign an agreement to this effect.

E. The provider shall provide clean and seasonal clothing appropriate for the age and size of the child.

F. Providers and any other adults who transport children shall use functioning child restraint devices in accordance with requirements of Virginia law.

G. In the reapproval process the local department shall verify that the requirements for approval, including background checks, are still being met by the provider.

H. Results of background checks for Fostering Futures program participants shall be used for the sole purpose of determining whether other children should be placed or remain in the same foster home as the participant.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 7, eff. December 26, 2019.

22VAC40-211-90. Allowing a waiver.

A. The local department may request and the provider may receive a waiver from the department on a standard if the waiver does not jeopardize the safety and proper care of the child or violate federal or state laws or local ordinances.

B. If a provider is granted a waiver and is in compliance with all other requirements of this chapter, the provider is considered fully approved.

C. Any waivers granted are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be reviewed on an annual basis by the department.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-100. Monitoring and reapproval of providers.

A. The local department's representative shall visit the home of the approved provider as often as necessary but at least quarterly to provide support to and monitor the performance of the provider and shall document these visits in the provider record.

1. When a child is placed in the home, these visits may coincide with the monthly visits to the child.

2. If there is no child placed in the home, the quarterly visit may be replaced by telephone contact.

B. The reapproval process shall include a minimum of one interview with the provider in his home and the following activities:

1. A review of the previous home approval information;

2. Updating the mutual family assessment (MFA) and any information that has changed and consideration of new information since the previous approval;

3. Completing state criminal record and child protective services background checks;

4. Obtaining the results of a new tuberculosis assessment, screening, or tests in compliance with Virginia Department of Health requirements and documenting the absence of tuberculosis in a communicable form;

5. Reviewing the confidentiality and the corporal punishment requirements and completing new confidentiality and corporal punishment agreements;

6. A reassessment of the above information to determine reapproval;

7. A case record addendum indicating that the above requirements were met; and

8. Documentation of in-service training received.

C. If the reapproval process results in the local department's decision to revoke or suspend the provider's approval, the local department shall notify the provider in writing of its decision. A copy of the notification letter shall be stored in the provider's record.

D. If monitoring efforts indicate that significant changes in the circumstances of the provider have occurred and would impact the conditions of the provider's approval, an addendum shall be completed and included with the MFA and appropriate action taken.

E. The case record addendum (i) shall contain all requirements of this chapter and be documented by a combination of narrative and other data collection formats and (ii) shall be signed and dated by the individual completing the addendum and the director of the local department or his designee.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 5, eff. December 1, 2018.

22VAC40-211-110. Provider's right to grieve.

A. The applicant shall have the right to grieve the actions of the local department to the local board on issues related to their application to become a provider.

B. Decisions on the placement of a specific child with a provider are not subject to grievance. The local board shall have the final authority to determine appropriate placement for children pursuant to § 16.1-278.2 of the Code of Virginia. Decisions regarding final adoptive placements are made by the circuit court pursuant to Chapter 12 (§ 63.2-1200 et seq.) of Title 63.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2009.

22VAC40-211-120. Normalcy for children in foster care.

Local departments will support the foster parent in exercising the reasonable and prudent parent standard in decisions regarding the child's participation in age-appropriate activities, in accordance with subsection D of § 63.2-904 of the Code of Virginia and with this chapter.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 7, eff. December 26, 2019.

Forms (22VAC40-211)

Resource Family Assessment Template, 032‑04‑0060‑01‑eng (eff. 10/2010)



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