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Foster Home Licensing Manual

I. MISSION, VISION AND VALUES – SECTION .0000

A.  Mission

B.  Vision

C.  Values

D.  Purpose of the Manual

II. GENERAL PROVISIONS – SECTION .0600

A.  Scope

B.  Definitions

III. LICENSING REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES - SECTION .0700

A.  Licensing Authority Function

B.  Responsibility

C.  New Licenses

D.  Relicensure and Renewal

1. License Renewal

2. Requirements

3. Re-Licensure Packet

4. Steps in re-licensure process

5. Re-licensure documents to be kept in the foster home file

·     Illegal Placements

E.  Change in Factual Information on the License

1. Licensure Changes

2. Change Process

3. Retroactive License Changes

4. Adding a foster parent to a license

F.  Foster Home Transfer Procedures

1. “Transfers”

2. The transfer process

3. Recruiting Foster Homes from Other Child-Placing Agencies

G.  Terminations

1. Mutually agreed upon terminations

2. Lapse or failure to re-license

3. Agency Reluctance

4. Processing Terminations

H.  Revocation or Denial

1. Reasons for revocation

2. Reasons for denial

I.   Kinds of Licenses

J.   Out-of-State Facilities and Foster Homes

IV. MUTUAL HOME ASSESSMENT - SECTION .0800

A.  Purpose

B.  Method of Mutual Home Assessment

1. Visits with the family

2. Extended family members

3. Boyfriends and Girlfriends

C.  Assessment Process

D.  Use of References

E.  Periodic Reassessment of Home

F.  Agency Foster Parent Agreement

V. FORMS - SECTION .0900

A.  The License Application

B.  The Agency Foster Parents' Agreement

C.  The Department of Social Services Intercounty Agreement

VI. CAPACITY - SECTION .1000

A. Family Foster Home

B. Therapeutic Foster Home

C. Exceptions

D. Providing Community Alternative Program Services for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA)

E. Household members 18 years of age and older

VII. STANDARDS FOR LICENSING - SECTION .1100

A. Client Rights

B. Medication

C. Physical Restraints

D. Criteria for the Family

E. Conflict of Interest

F. Day Care Center Operations

G. Relationship to Supervising Agency

H. Fire and Building Safety

I. Health Regulations

J. Environmental Regulations

K. Room Arrangements

L. Exterior Setting and Safety

M. Licensing Compliance Visits

N. Criminal Histories

O. Responsible Individuals List

P. Criminal History Checks

Q. Training Requirements

 

VIII. MISCELLANEOUS 

A.  Non-Discrimination Policy

B.  Foster Parent Public Information

C.  Best Business Practice for Transferring Families

D.  Recruitment and Retention

E.  Regulatory and Licensing Website

F.  Foster Home Licensing: The Keys to Success

G.  NCDSS Child Welfare Services Training Calendar

H.  Adult Household Members Who Enter United States on a VISA

I.  Citizenship Status of Foster Parents

IX. GUIDE TO COMPLETING FOSTER HOME LICENSING FORMS

A. Foster Care Facility Action Request (DSS-5015)

B. Foster Home License Application (DSS-5016)

C. Foster Home Relicense Application (DSS-5157)

D. Foster Home Transfer Request Application (DSS-5158)

E. Foster Home Change Request Application (DSS-5159)

F. Foster Home Termination Application (DSS-5160)

G. Foster Home Fire Inspection Report (DSS-1515)

H. Foster Home Environmental Conditions Report (DSS-5150)

I. Medical History Form (DSS-5017)

J. Medical Evaluation (with completed TB test results included) (DSS-5156)

K. Responsible Individual List (RIL) Information Request (DSS-5268)

L. Notice Foster Home Mandatory Criminal History Check (DSS-5280)

M. Foster Home Request for Waiver (DSS-5199)

N. Request for Revocation of a Foster Home License (DSS-5279)

O. Critical Incident Reporting Form (DSS-5281)

P. Notification of CPS Involvement (DSS-5282)

 

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