Inform the adult caretaker of his/her right to establish good cause in not making a referral to the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Explain to the adult caretaker that he/she is responsible for providing evidence to support a claim of good cause.
A. Explain that good cause exists in the following situations.
1. The caretaker's cooperation can reasonably be expected to result in:
a. Physical or emotional harm to himself that would make him unable to care for the child, or
b. Physical or emotional harm to the child for whom support is sought.
To evaluate emotional harm, consider the following:
2. At least one of the following circumstances exists:
a. The child for whom support is sought was conceived as a result of incest or rape, or
b. Legal proceedings for the adoption of the child are pending, or
c. The caretaker is currently being assisted by a public or licensed private social agency to resolve the issue of whether to keep the child or relinquish him for adoption, and the discussions have not gone on for more than three months.
B. At application and review, explain the good cause provisions, and give the family a copy of the Notice of Requirement To Cooperate and Right To Claim Good Cause For Refusal To Cooperate In Child Support Enforcement (Figure 1).
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