Oregon Bulletin

October 1, 2011


Oregon Commission on Children and Families
Chapter 423

Rule Caption: Remove “Preservation Services” from Program Area title and from portion of Service Area.

Adm. Order No.: OCCF 1-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-12-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-12-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 423-010-0024

Subject: The use of Federal Title IV-B2 funds received by Agency was clarified by the Children’s Bureau/ACYF/ACF — Region 10 of the US Department of health and Human Services. Agency is directed by federal guidance to target use of Title IV-B2 funds received by Agency to the “Family Support” portion of the act. Agency may no longer use these funds for Family Preservation services.

Rules Coordinator: Marsha Clark—(503) 373-1283


Program Purposes and Restrictions

Activities and initiatives will have measurable outcomes and support county goals adopted in the Local Plan. These outcomes will be reported using the format and timeline prescribed by the Agency. It is the intent of the State Commission that activities and initiatives will be provided in a culturally competent and gender-specific manner that reflects the population, needs and resources of the county. The following purposes and restrictions will apply to county allocations:

(1) Program Area: Great Start:

(a) Age: Prenatal services to expectant mothers, children 0 through eight years of age and the children’s families;

(b) Service Areas: Programs and services that promote outcomes identified in the Local Plan including, but not limited to, research-based early childhood programs and services in county settings that meet the needs of the community.

(2) Program Area: Child Care and Development Fund:

(a) Age: 0 up to 13 years of age, except children with special needs 0 up to 18 years of age;

(b) Service areas: Program and services support priorities established in the State Plan for the Federal Child Care and Development Fund and the Child Care and Development Fund Guidelines. Both documents are available on the Agency’s website or by contacting the Agency.

(3) Program Area: Children, Youth and Families Fund:

(a) Age: 0 through 18 and their families;

(b) Service Area: Programs and services supported with Children, Youth and Families Funds will be used to promote outcomes identified in the local comprehensive plans. These funds must support research-based services, systems, initiatives, and programs. These funds are intended to allow maximum flexibility by counties to fund those areas of highest priority.

(4) Program Area: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):

(a) Age: 0 through 18 years of age;

(b) Service areas: CASA programs provide for the recruitment, training, support and supervision of CASA. See OAR 423-045-0030 through 423-045-0035.

(5) Program Area: Youth Investment:

(a) Age: Ages 13 through 18 years, although 11 and 12 year olds may be included where appropriate;

(b) Service Areas: Services to non-delinquent youth who are chronically acting out or are victims of neglect. Programs and services will promote outcomes identified in the Local Plan. Youth are considered chronically acting out when they are exhibiting school behavior problems, are out of parental control, are runaway and homeless, or are exhibiting other risk factors. Youth are non-delinquent if they have no history of, or current involvement with, the juvenile justice system, or have been diverted from the juvenile justice system. Youth who have been referred to a juvenile department for a criminal activity, or who have been placed on an informal accountability agreement are not considered to be non-delinquent for purposes of this funding. These funds must support research-based services, systems, initiatives and programs.

(6) Program Area: Healthy Start:

(a) Age: Children prenatal through five and their families;

(b) Service Areas: Provide funding for voluntary family support services following the Healthy Families America model. See OAR 423-045-0005 through 423-045-0015.

(7) Program Area: Family Support Services:

(a) Age: All children and their families;

(b) Service Areas:

(A) Family Support Services: Family support services means community-based services to promote the well-being of children and families designed to increase the strength and stability of families (including adoptive, foster, and extended families), to increase parents’ confidence and competence in their parenting abilities, to afford children a safe, stable and supportive family environment, to strengthen parental relationships and promote healthy marriages, and otherwise to enhance child development. US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

(B) Family Support Services must be (1) Family-focused and targeted to the family and not only the child or other individual family member(s); (2) Must be focused on at-risk families so that the services will have an impact on the population that would otherwise require services from DHS, Children, Adults and Families (CAF); and (3) Focus on child welfare (not educational needs or other services which are the responsibility of other agencies). Family Support (Title IV-(B)(2)) funds allocated to counties may not be used for family preservation or family reunification services as these are services provided by DHS-CAF.

(C) Family Support Services funds are federal Title IV-B(2). Use and expenditure of these funds must meet all federal requirements. Family support services may include:

(i) Services, including in-home visits, parent support groups, and other programs designed to improve parenting skills (by reinforcing parents’ confidence in their strengths, and helping them to identify where improvement is needed and to obtain assistance in improving those skills) with respect to matters such as child development, family budgeting, coping with stress, health, and nutrition. Example of programs may include Parenting Classes, Parent-to-Parent Support, and In-Home Visitation classes;

(ii) Respite care of children to provide temporary relief for parents and other caregivers. Example of program may include Family Respite Care;

(iii) Structured activities involving parents and children to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Example of program may include Healthy Start;

(iv) Drop-in centers to afford families opportunities for informal interaction with other families and with program staff. Example of program may include Family Resource Centers;

(v) Transportation, information and referral services to afford families access to other community services, including child care, health care, nutrition programs, adult education literacy programs, legal services, and counseling and mentoring services. Example of programs may include Dial-a-ride, Child Care Referral, and Outreach Centers;

(vi) Early developmental screening of children to assess the needs of such children, and assistance to families in securing specific services to meet these needs. Example of programs may include Healthy Start.

(8) Program Area: Relief Nurseries:

(a) Clients: The clients of Relief Nurseries are children birth through age five and their parents or caregivers who have multiple risk factors linked to child abuse and neglect. Some children may turn six years of age and continue in the program until the start of school;

(b) Service Areas: Relief Nurseries are community-based organizations that seek to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect through early intervention programs that focus on developing successful and resilient children, strengthening family skills of parents or caregivers, and preserving families. Relief Nursery services are offered within a comprehensive and integrated early childhood and family support system to appropriately meet the needs of the individual family with children who have been abused or are at risk of child abuse and neglect. Relief Nurseries must include therapeutic early childhood education programs, home visitation and parent education and support. Relief Nursery services are voluntary, strength-based, culturally appropriate, and designed to achieve appropriate early-childhood benchmarks and healthy family functioning.

(c) Eligibility for State Funding:

(A) An emerging Relief Nursery must work collaboratively with the Local Commission to ensure that the program is consistent and aligned with the Local Comprehensive Plan. Relief Nurseries must participate in local community efforts to develop and implement an early childhood system of supports and services towards the achievement of positive outcomes for children and families, maximizing the effective use of available resources and avoiding duplication of services;

(B) Applications for State Funding must be submitted to the Agency by the Local Commission in the county where an emerging Relief Nursery exists. The application process must include no less than three existing Relief Nursery program directors in review and approval of the Relief Nursery program for meeting the requirements in OAR 423-045-0101 through 0185. The Local Commission will submit review and approval documentation to the Agency with the application for State Funding;

(C) Eligibility for State funding requires local community financial support as described in OAR 423-0024(8)(d) Matching Funds.

(d) Matching Funds: To be eligible to receive state funds, Relief Nursery programs are required to provide matching community financial support equal to a minimum of 25 percent of any state allocation;

(e) Funding Processes for Existing Relief Nurseries:

(A) Local Commissions are not required to do a competitive process every biennium to fund existing Relief Nurseries;

(B) Local Commissions may consider a competitive or collaborative funding process when significant changes occur within an existing Relief Nursery or when the Local Commission determines necessary.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 417.705–417.797 & 419A.170

Stats. Implemented: ORS 417.705–417.900 & 419A.170

Hist.: CCF 3-1994, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-94; CCF 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-95; CCF 1-1997, f. 12-15-97, cert. ef. 12-19-97; OCCF 1-2002, f. & cert. ef. 1-14-02; OCCF 1-2004, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-04; OCCF 1-2007, f. & cert. ef. 2-12-07; OCCF 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-16-08; OCCF 1-2011, f. 9-12-11

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