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DSS ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER
CHILD WELFARE SERVICES CWS-AL-03-11

TO:

COUNTY DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL SERVICES

   

ATTENTION:

CHILDREN’S SERVICES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS, MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS, CHILDREN’S SERVICES SOCIAL WORKERS

   

DATE:

June 1, 2011

   

   

EFFECTIVE DATE:

June 15, 2011

II. BACKGROUND

III. INSTRUCTIONS

    For all cases “Substantiated” or found to be “In Need of Services” the CPS Assessment worker shall inquire about a parent/caretaker’s Indian ancestry. The DSS-5335 and the

    DSS-5336 require social workers to ask questions about state, as well as federal tribal ancestry. The DSS-5335 will be filled out with a parent/caretaker who has indicated that he/she has heritage in an Indian tribe. The DSS-5336 will be used when the parent/caretaker is either absent or unwilling to cooperate with the agency and the agency has collateral information that the child(ren) may have heritage in an Indian tribe.

    IMPORTANT: One of these two forms is to be used in every Substantiated case or case found to be In Need of Services where DSS has received information (either directly from a parent/caretaker/relative or from a collateral source, such as a teacher, doctor, or therapist) that the child(ren) may have American Indian ancestry, whether in a federally or state recognized tribe.

    A separate form should be used with each parent/caretaker in the case. However, the form can include multiple children’s names. Please review the, DSS-5335 and DSS-5336; and if you have questions please contact your CPR or Emily Jackson at 919-334-1094 or at emily.jackson@dhhs.nc.gov.

Sincerely,

Kevin Kelley, Interim Chief

Child Welfare Services

Attachments: DSS-5335

cc:

Sherry S. Bradsher

 

Jack Rogers

 

Kathy Sommese

 

Child Welfare Services Team Leaders

 

Children’s Services Program Representatives

 

Local Business Liaisons

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