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Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2011

 

Department of Human Services,
Children, Adults and Families Division:
Child Welfare Programs
Chapter 413

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 19-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-19-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-19-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 413-120-0020, 413-120-0021, 413-120-0035, 413-120-0060

Subject: OAR 413-120-0020 about adoption placement selection options is being amended to clarify the actions the Department may be taking in searching for a child’s relatives when considering how to move forward with adoption selection processes. This rule is also being amended to clarify how an adoption selection is made when the Department has granted an exception to the order of preference in adoption selection.

      OAR 413-120-0021 about adoption placement selection by a caseworker is being amended to clarify the actions the Department may take when a relative first expresses interest in being considered as a potential adoptive resource at a later stage in the process.

      OAR 413-120-0035 about the invitation to and notification of the adoption committee is being amended to clarify the actions the Department may take when a relative first expresses interest in being considered as a potential adoptive resource at a later stage in the adoption committee process. This rule is also being amended to state when an exception to timelines set forth in the rule can be implemented.

      OAR 413-120-0060 is being amended to clarify the Department staff who must receive notice upon receipt of a request for the review of an adoption selection decision.

      These rules are also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule changes adopted on March 22, 2011.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-120-0020

Adoption Placement Selection Options

When a child has a permanency plan of adoption, the Department uses one of three options to make an adoption placement selection:

(1) Selection by Caseworker. After considering the input from the child’s team and following consultation with the supervisor, the caseworker may make the adoption placement selection for a child or sibling group under consideration as part of case-planning using the process in OAR 413-120-0021 when the requirements of at least one of the following subsections is met:

(a) The child is identified as an Indian child and the adoption placement selection complies with Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.1, “Placement of Indian Children”, OAR 413-070-0100 to 413-070-0260.

(b) The child is identified as a refugee child and the adoption placement selection complies with Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.2, “Placement of Refugee Children”, OAR 413-070-0300 to 413-070-0380.

(c) A relative of a child is being considered alone as the potential adoptive resource for a child or sibling group under consideration, unless subsections (3)(c), (3)(d), or (3)(e) of this rule apply.

(d) The Department has conducted a diligent search and is not assessing, identifying, nor is the Department or another entity conducting an adoption home study for any relative as a potential adoptive resource and, unless subsections (3)(c), (3)(d), or (3)(e) of this rule apply, the requirements of one of the following paragraphs is met:

(A) A current caretaker is being considered alone for a child or sibling group under consideration.

(B) The child is under six years of age with no extraordinary needs and each potential adoptive resource is a general applicant, unless subsection (2)(d) of this rule applies.

(2) Local Adoption Committee and ADS. The local adoption committee recommends an adoptive resource, and the ADS makes the adoption placement selection when section (3) of this rule does not apply and at least one of the following subsections applies:

(a) The child is six years of age or older.

(b) The child has extraordinary needs.

(c) A sibling group is being placed together for the purpose of adoption and each potential adoptive resource is a general applicant.

(d) The identified potential adoptive resources include the child’s current foster parent being considered as a general applicant with other general applicants.

(3) Central Office Adoption Committee and ADS. The central office adoption committee recommends an adoptive resource, and the ADS makes the adoption placement selection when one of the following subsections applies:

(a) The potential adoptive resources include:

(A) More than one relative as defined in OAR 413-120-0010(16)(a)–(c);

(B) A relative as defined in OAR 413-120-0010(16)(d) and a current caretaker;

(C) A current caretaker considered under OAR 413-120-0595 and a general applicant; or

(D) A relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant for whom an exception to the order of preference has been granted under OAR 413-120-0760.

(b) The potential adoptive resources include more than one current caretaker being considered for siblings who will be placed together in adoption.

(c) A DHS staff member is a potential adoptive resource, and the requirements of the DHS-060-002, “Conflict of Interest Policy” and the “Conflict of Interest Policy Addendum for CAF Employees” apply.

(d) A non-DHS staff member with a potential conflict of interest with the Department is a potential adoptive resource.

(e) The potential adoptive resource is an individual living outside the USA, or Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.14, “Intercountry Adoption Pursuant to the Hague Convention and Intercountry Adoption Act”, OAR 413-120-0900 to 413-120-0970 applies.

(4) The caseworker, following consultation with the supervisor, may request that the adoption placement selection be made by an ADS following an adoption committee recommendation based on the complexities or dynamics of a case. The request must be approved by:

(a) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee for the use of a local adoption committee rather than a caseworker selection; and

(b) The Adoption Program Manager, Assistant Adoption Program Manager, or designee for the use of a central office adoption committee rather than a local adoption committee.

[ED. NOTE: Policies referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.280, 418.285, 419B.192

Hist.: SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SCF 6-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-17-96; SCF 9-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-97; SOSCF 7-1998, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-98; SOSCF 16-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-12-99; SOSCF 47-2001, f. 12-31-01 cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 2-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-26-07 thru 8-24-07; CWP 13-2007, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-07; Administrative correction 9-16-07; CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 31-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 5-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 19-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-120-0021

Adoption Placement Selection by Caseworker

(1) Before making an adoption placement selection, the child’s caseworker must comply with the provisions of Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.2, “Identification and Consideration of Potential Adoptive Resources”, OAR 413-120-0700 to 413-120-0760.

(2) When the caseworker, after considering the input from the child’s team and following consultation with the supervisor, has identified up to three potential adoptive resources to be considered for adoption placement selection, the caseworker must consult with the adoption worker for each of the identified families to:

(a) Provide the adoption worker with written information, redacted to remove identifying information, about the history and needs of each child under consideration; and

(b) Discuss the ability of the potential adoptive resource to meet the needs of each child under consideration.

(3) The adoption workers must complete all of the following:

(a) Provide the identified potential adoptive resources with the information described in subsection (2)(a) of this rule.

(b) Describe the adoption placement selection process to the potential adoptive resources to:

(A) Inform them of the individuals who will be reviewing their adoption home study or other information during the adoption placement selection process; and

(B) Assure all appropriate releases of information described in OAR 413-120-0016(1) and (2) have been obtained.

(c) Confirm with the caseworker for each child who is under consideration that the potential adoptive resource is willing and available to be considered.

(4) When the caseworker has confirmed that the identified potential adoptive resources are available and appropriate to be considered, the caseworker must set a date for the adoption placement selection and notify the adoption worker for each of the identified potential adoptive resources.

(5) At least ten business days before the adoption placement selection, the caseworker must complete all of the following:

(a) Notify the following individuals of the up to three potential adoptive resources to be considered and the date the adoption placement selection will occur:

(A) The CASA;

(B) The child’s attorney;

(C) A tribal representative if the child is an Indian child; and

(D) A member of the RCWAC, if the child is a refugee child.

(b) Ensure that the individuals identified in subsection (a) of this section are sent copies of the adoption home study and any additional written information released under OAR 413-120-0016 for each potential adoptive resource, unless the individual has notified the caseworker that they do not want a copy of the materials.

(c) Notify the individuals identified in subsection (a) of this section that any input regarding the ability of a potential adoptive resource to meet the current and lifelong needs of the child or sibling group must be received at least two days before the date of the adoption placement selection to assure it will be considered.

(6) When the caseworker has provided the notifications in section (5) of this rule and a child’s relative now expresses interest in being considered as a potential adoptive resource, the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee must:

(a) Review the diligent efforts to identify a child’s relatives required under Child Welfare Policy I-E.1.1, “Search for and Engagement of Relatives”, OAR 413-070-0060 to 413-070-0063;

(b) Consider the impact of a delay in achieving permanency on the best interests of the child; and

(c) Make a determination whether it is in the child’s best interest for an adoption home study to be conducted with a relative despite the delay in achieving permanency.

(7) When a Child Welfare Program Manager informs the caseworker of the determination to consider a relative identified under section (6) of this rule, the caseworker must notify each individual in subsection (5)(a) of this rule and the adoption worker for each identified potential adoptive resource that the adoption selection process has been suspended.

(8) When the adoption selection process has been suspended, the adoption workers must notify each identified potential adoptive resource that the adoption selection process has been suspended.

(9) The timelines in this rule may be changed when the caseworker, the adoption worker for each of the identified potential adoptive resources, and each individual in section (5) of this rule agree on a new timeline.

(10) After considering the input from individuals in section (5) of this rule, the caseworker — following consultation with his or her supervisor — makes the adoption placement selection for a child or sibling group under consideration when OAR 413-120-0020(1) applies.

(11) On the day that the selection is made, the child’s caseworker must notify the adoption workers for each of the indentified potential adoptive resources who were considered for the adoption placement selection.

(12) By the end of the next business day following the adoption placement selection, the child’s caseworker must send written notification of the adoption placement selection to each of the following individuals:

(a) The CASA;

(b) The child’s attorney;

(c) A tribal representative if the child or young adult is an Indian child; and

(d) A member of the RCWAC, if the child is a refugee child.

(13) By the end of the next business day following the adoption placement selection, written notification on a form approved by the Department must be sent to each identified potential adoptive resource of whether or not they were selected as the adoptive resource by the following individuals:

(a) A Department adoption worker; or

(b) The child’s caseworker when the adoption worker is a private agency employee.

(14) Notifications in sections (12) and (13) of this rule must contain information on the Department’s review process as described in OAR 413-120-0060, unless the identified potential adoptive resources were all general applicants.

(15) Within three days of the adoption placement selection, the caseworker must assure that:

(a) The adoption placement selection and the basis for that selection are documented on a Department-approved form; and

(b) The central office Adoption Program is notified of the adoption placement selection.

(16) Any individual who received a copy of an adoption home study or other written documents during the adoption selection process must return the materials to the Department within seven business days of the notice of the adoption placement selection.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.280, 418.285, 419B.192

Hist.: CWP 31-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 5-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 19-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-120-0035

Invitation to and Notification of Adoption Committee

(1) In preparation for and prior to scheduling an adoption committee, the caseworker for each child and the adoption worker for each potential adoptive resource must comply with the provisions of Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.2, “Identification and Consideration of Potential Adoptive Resources”, OAR 413-120-0700 to 413-120-0760.

(2) No later than ten business days before the scheduled adoption committee, the Department must send the ADS and each individual identified in OAR 413-120-0025(1), (2), and (3) all of the following:

(a) Notification of the date, time, and location of the adoption committee.

(b) A copy of each of the up to three adoption home studies and the written information released under OAR 413-120-0016(1) and (2).

(c) Written information about the needs of each child under consideration.

(d) A notice that confidential information may not be re-released, under OAR 413-120-0016(4).

(e) A request to thoroughly review all of the information provided before the date of the adoption committee when the individual will be serving as a committee member.

(3) Information in subsections (2)(b), (2)(c), (2)(d) and (2)(e) of this rule need not be provided again to the caseworker for each child under consideration and the adoption worker for each potential adoptive resource.

(4) Individuals identified in OAR 413-120-0025(1), (2), and (3) may request that the Department invite individuals to the adoption committee to present information regarding a child’s needs.

(5) The Department has the discretion to invite the following individuals to attend and present information regarding the child’s current and lifelong needs to an adoption committee:

(a) The child, on a case by case basis, when the child’s caseworker determines the child’s attendance is appropriate;

(b) The child’s current or previous substitute caregiver, unless the individual is being considered as a potential adoptive resource for the child; and

(c) Any other individual who has significant information about the current and lifelong needs of the child relevant to the selection of an adoptive resource.

(6) Any individual invited to provide information related to the child’s needs may present information to the adoption committee in person, by telephone, through electronic communication, or in writing.

(7) A potential adoptive resource may provide supplemental information regarding his or her ability to meet the current and lifelong needs of the child or sibling group under consideration through the adoption worker. An identified potential adoptive resource and his or her legal or personal advocate may not attend an adoption committee.

(8) When the notification in section (2) of this rule has been provided and a child’s relative now expresses interest in being considered as a potential adoptive resource, the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee must:

(a) Review the diligent efforts to identify a child’s relatives under Child Welfare Policy I-E.1.1., “Search for and Engagement of Relatives”, OAR 413-070-0060 to 413-070-0063;

(b) Consider the impact of a delay in achieving permanency on the best interests of the child; and

(c) Make a determination whether it is in the child’s best interest for an adoption home study to be conducted with the relative despite the delay in achieving permanency.

(9) When a Child Welfare Program Manager informs the caseworker of the determination to consider a relative identified under section (8) of this rule, the caseworker must notify each individual identified in OAR 413-120-0025(1), (2), and (3) that the adoption selection process has been suspended.

(10) When the adoption selection process has been suspended, the adoption workers must notify each identified potential adoptive resource that the adoption selection process has been suspended.

(11) The timelines in this rule may be changed by the committee facilitator when the individuals identified in OAR 413-120-0025(1), (2), and (3) agree on a new timeline.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.280, 418.285

Hist.: SCF 6-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-17-96; SOSCF 16-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-12-99; SOSCF 2-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-24-01 thru 7-21-01; SOSCF 35-2001, f. 6-29-01 cert. ef. 7-1-01; SOSCF 47-2001, f. 12-31-01 cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 13-2007, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-07; CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 31-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 5-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 19-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-120-0060

Review of the Adoption Placement Selection

(1) A review may not be requested of an adoption placement selection when each potential adoptive resource was a general applicant.

(2) Except as provided in section (1) of this rule:

(a) Each of the following individuals may request a review of the process and the adoption placement selection under OAR 413-120-0021(10) or 413-120-0057(1):

(A) The child.

(B) The child’s attorney.

(C) The CASA.

(D) A tribal representative.

(E) A member of the RCWAC.

(F) The child’s caseworker, with the approval of the caseworker’s supervisor and the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee.

(G) A relative or current caretaker who was considered as the adoptive resource but was not selected.

(b) A request for review of the process and decision made in the adoption placement selection must be in writing and received by the Adoption Program Manager or designee within seven calendar days of the notification of the adoption placement selection under OAR 413-120-0021(12)–(13) or 413-120-0057(2)(b).

(c) When a request for review has been received, the Adoption Program Manager or designee must notify the DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee and must send written notice of the request to the following individuals:

(A) Each of the potential adoptive resources considered by the caseworker or adoption committee and ADS;

(B) The child’s caseworker;

(C) The adoption worker for each of the potential adoptive resources considered;

(D) The supervisors of the workers;

(E) The child’s attorney;

(F) The child’s CASA;

(G) The tribe, if the child is an Indian child;

(H) A member of the RCWAC, if the child is a refugee child; and

(I) The local Child Welfare Program Manager.

(d) The DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee must decide whether to grant a review of the adoption placement selection within 14 calendar days after the notice of the adoption placement selection under OAR 413-120-0021(12)–(13) or 413-120-0057(2)(b). Written notice of the decision whether or not to conduct a review must be sent to the individuals listed in subsection (c) of this section and to the Adoption Program Manager. This written notice is not required to be provided within the 14 calendar day timeline for the decision whether to grant a review.

(e) The DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee may, on his or her initiative and without a request for a review, give notice of intent to review the adoption placement selection when the decision to review is made within seven calendar days following the date of the notice of the adoption placement selection in OAR 413-120-0021(12)–(13) or 413-120-0057(2)(b).

(f) The DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee may conduct the review by any of the following methods:

(A) Personally conduct a review of information considered in making the adoption placement selection and may consider additional, relevant information about the child or potential adoptive resource.

(B) Refer the adoption placement selection to a review committee appointed by and at the discretion of the DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee to:

(i) Review the information considered in making the original adoption placement selection;

(ii) Consider additional relevant information about the child or potential adoptive resources; and

(iii) Issue a recommendation that the DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee affirm or modify the original adoption placement selection of the caseworker or the ADS or recommend a different adoption placement selection.

(C) Appoint another individual to:

(i) Review the information considered in making the original adoption placement selection;

(ii) Consider additional relevant information about the child or potential adoptive resources; and

(iii) Issue a recommendation that the DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee affirm or modify the original adoption placement selection of the caseworker or the ADS, or recommend a different adoption placement selection.

(g) The DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee must provide written notification of the decision affirming or changing the original adoption placement selection to the individuals identified in subsection (2)(c) of this rule and the Adoption Program Manager.

(3) Notwithstanding sections (1) and (2) of this rule, the DHS Assistant Director for CAF may reconsider a decision and require the actions in subsection (2)(f) of this rule to occur when the following conditions exist:

(a) The time to request review of an adoption placement selection under subsection (2)(b) of this rule has expired;

(b) There is no request for review pending; and

(c) The deadline set by statute for a person entitled to seek judicial review of an adoption placement selection entered under this rule has not expired.

(4) The adoption placement selection made by the DHS Assistant Director for CAF or designee under this rule is final.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.280, 418.285

Hist.: SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SCF 6-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-17-96; SCF 9-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-97; SOSCF 7-1998, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-98; SOSCF 16-1999, f. & cert. ef. 8-12-99; SOSCF 2-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-24-01 thru 7-21-01; SOSCF 35-2001, f. 6-29-01 cert. ef. 7-1-01; SOSCF 47-2001, f. 12-31-01 cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 13-2007, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-07; CWP 23-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-12-07 thru 6-9-08; CWP 4-2008, f. 5-30-08, cert. ef. 6-1-08; CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 31-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 5-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 19-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 20-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-19-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-19-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 413-120-0730, 413-120-0750, 413-120-0760

Subject: OAR 413-120-0730 is being amended to clarify the order of preference in identifying potential adoptive resources for a child.

      OAR 413-120-0750 is being amended to clarify when an exception can be made for the required recruitment efforts seeking an appropriate adoptive resource for a child.

      OAR 413-120-0760 is being amended to clarify the identification of potential adoptive resources for a child. This rule is also being amended to state the considerations and circumstances to grant an exception to the order of preference in the selection of potential adoptive resources.

      These three rules are also being amended to make permanent changes adopted by temporary rule on March 22, 2011.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-120-0730

Order of Preference for Identification of Potential Adoptive Resources

(1) Except as provided in sections (2) and (3) of this rule, when identifying potential adoptive resources for a child or sibling group under consideration, the caseworker must consider the needs and the best interest of each child, and assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of each potential adoptive resource in the following order of preference:

(a) A relative as defined in OAR 413-120-0710(12)(a)–(c).

(b) A relative as defined in OAR 413-120-0710(12)(d), or a current caretaker (except when OAR 413-120-0580(2)(b)(B) applies), or both.

(c) A current caretaker and a general applicant, when a determination has been made under OAR 413-120-0580(2)(b)(B).

(d) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a general applicant.

(2) When the child is identified as an Indian child, the caseworker must comply with Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.1, “Placement of Indian Children”, OAR 413-070-0100 to 413-070-0260.

(3) When the child is identified as a refugee child, the caseworker must comply with Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.2, “Placement of Refugee Children”, OAR 413-070-0300 to 413-070-0380.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 109.309, 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 109.309, 418.005, 418.285, 419B.090, 419B.192

Hist.: CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 35-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 4-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 20-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-120-0750

Recruitment Efforts

(1) Except as provided in section (2) of this rule, the Department’s recruitment efforts may not consider the race, color, or national origin of a potential adoptive resource or a child.

(2) When recruiting potential adoptive resources for an Indian child, the Department may consider the cultural heritage of a potential adoptive resource or the child under Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.1, “Placement of Indian Children”, OAR 413-070-0100 to 413-070-0260.

(3) The Department must begin recruitment for the child or sibling group under consideration in a timely manner that is appropriate to each child’s permanency and concurrent permanent plans.

(4) When a child is not fully free for adoption, the legal assistance specialist must:

(a) Determine when recruitment may begin;

(b) Determine whether recruitment may begin for a child with extraordinary needs before the Department initiates the process to free the child for adoption; and

(c) Notify the caseworker to begin recruitment efforts.

(5) As part of the identification of general applicants who will be considered in the adoption placement selection process, the child’s caseworker must conduct recruitment activities including, at a minimum, ensuring a Waiting Child Bulletin has been posted, for at least 30 days, unless one or more of the following subsections applies:

(a) An exception to this timeline has been approved by the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee.

(b) The Department has determined, under Child Welfare Policy I-E.3.6, “Legal Permanency, Concurrent Planning and Use of Permanency Committee”, OAR 413-070-0516, that an individual known to the child or sibling group under consideration, should be assessed for consideration as the potential adoptive resource, based upon the following:

(A) The best interest of each child under consideration;

(B) The strength of the relationship between each child under consideration and the individual;

(C) The likelihood that the individual will have a positive adoption home study and be able to meet the Department standards under Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.3, “Adoption Applications, Adoption Home Studies, and Standards for Adoption, OAR 413-120-0246(1); and

(D) The individual has demonstrated the knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitment to raise each child under consideration for adoption; and

(E) The individual has the capacity to meet the current and lifelong safety, permanency, and well-being needs of the child under Child Welfare Policy I-E.3.1, “Placement Matching”, OAR 413-070-0640.

(c) An exception to the order of preference was granted by the Adoption Program Manager under OAR 413-120-0760.

(6) Recruitment activities under section (5) of this rule are not required when the Department has planned for:

(a) The child or sibling group under consideration to be adopted by a relative of at least one of the siblings under consideration; or

(b) The child or sibling group under consideration to be adopted by a current caretaker.

(7) The Department’s recruitment efforts for a child or sibling group under consideration must be documented in the Department’s information system.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 109.309, 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 109.309, 418.005, 418.285, 419B.090, 419B.192

Hist.: CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 35-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 4-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 20-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-120-0760

Identification of a Child’s Potential Adoptive Resources

(1) When identifying potential adoptive resources for a child, the child’s caseworker may:

(a) After discussion with his or her supervisor and on a case-by-case basis, consult with a birth parent to identify one to three potential adoptive resources; and

(b) Provide a birth parent with non-identifying information from the adoption home study of a potential adoptive resource who is a general applicant not known to the parent or child.

(2) When more than one relative is interested in being an adoptive resource, the Department must consult with those interested to facilitate agreement on the most appropriate potential adoptive resource.

(a) When agreement cannot be reached, the Department considers relatives among both maternal and paternal family members who have expressed an interest, and chooses up to a total of three families for adoption home studies, to be conducted by either the Department or another public or private agency.

(b) When an adoption home study has been initiated and the potential adoptive resource is not approved or withdraws, the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee decides whether the Department will initiate adoption home studies with additional relatives based upon:

(A) The best interest of the child; and

(B) The impact on achieving permanency when pursuing additional studies.

(3) The child’s caseworker must comply with the requirements of all of the following subsections:

(a) Make reasonable efforts to identify and place the child with an adoptive resource in a timely manner.

(b) Request input about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitment a potential adoptive resource needs to best be able to meet the current and lifelong needs of the child from:

(A) Professionals who have worked closely with the child, when applicable; and

(B) The child’s attorney, CASA, tribal representative, RCWAC representative, and substitute caregiver, when applicable.

(c) Receive and review adoption home studies in a timely manner.

(d) Following consultation with his or her supervisor, identify up to three potential adoptive resources following the order of preference in OAR 413-120-0730 to be considered for adoption placement selection who:

(A) Meet the standards of an adoptive home in Child Welfare Policy I-G.2.1, “Adoption Applications, Adoption Home Studies, and Standards for Adoption”, OAR 413-120-0246;

(B) Have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitment to raise each child under consideration for adoption; and

(C) Have the capacity to meet the current and lifelong safety, permanency, and well-being needs of the child under Child Welfare Policy I-E.3.1, “Placement Matching”, OAR 413-070-0640.

(4) If the caseworker is unable to identify any potential adoptive resources for adoption placement selection in the first order of preference set forth in OAR 413-070-0730(1) who are relatives as defined in OAR 413-120-0710(12)(a)–(c) and meet the criteria in paragraphs (3)(d)(A)–(C) of this rule, the caseworker may identify one to three potential adoptive resources who meet the criterion in paragraphs (3)(d)(A)–(C) of this rule who may include a relative or relatives as defined in OAR 413-120-0710(12)(d) or a current caretaker.

(5) If the caseworker is unable to identify any potential adoptive resources for adoption placement selection in the first or second order of preference set forth in OAR 413-070-0730(1) — who are relatives as defined in OAR 413-120-0710(12)(a)–(d) or a current caretaker and meet the criteria in paragraphs (3)(d)(A)–(C) of this rule — or a Child Welfare Program Manager has made the decision to consider a current caretaker along with general applicant under OAR 413-120-0580(2), the caseworker must identify one to three general applicants as potential adoption resources.

(6) The caseworker may, in consultation with his or her supervisor, submit a written recommendation to the Child Welfare Program Manager that an exception to the order of preference set forth in OAR 413-120-0730(1) be requested to allow consideration of additional potential adoptive resources for adoption placement selection when the caseworker believes that an exception is in the best interest of each child.

(a) Upon the recommendation of a caseworker and supervisor, the Child Welfare Program Manager may submit a written request for an exception to the order of preference set forth in OAR 413-120-0730(1) from the Adoption Program Manager if the Child Welfare Program Manager determines that an exception is in the best interest of each child.

(b) The Child Welfare Program Manager’s written request must include the following documentation:

(A) The potential adoptive resources already identified for the adoption placement selection process;

(B) The relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant the caseworker is requesting for inclusion in the adoption placement selection process;

(C) How the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant meets the criteria in subsection (3)(d) of this rule;

(D) Why inclusion of the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant in the adoption placement selection process is in the best interest of each child;

(E) The special needs of each child; and

(F) Whether and how the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant support the child’s ability to continue emotionally significant relationships with relatives.

(c) Within 30 calendar days of receipt of the request for exception, the Adoption Program Manager must review the materials submitted and determine whether or not to grant the exception to the order of preference and include the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant in the adoption selection process.

(d) In reviewing the request and determining whether or not to grant the exception, the Adoption Program Manager shall consider the following factors:

(A) How the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant meets the criteria in subsection (3)(d) of this rule;

(B) Why inclusion of the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant in the adoption placement selection process is in the best interest of each child;

(C) The special needs of each child; and

(D) Whether and how the relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant supports the child’s ability to continue emotionally significant relationships with relatives.

(E) The length of a child’s placement with an individual may not be considered as the sole basis for granting an exception.

(e) Within ten business days of making a determination whether or not to grant the exception, the Adoption Program Manager must specify in writing to the Child Welfare Program Manager:

(A) Whether or not the exception was granted;

(B) How the determination supports the best interest of each child; and

(C) The relative, current caretaker, or specific general applicant to be included in the adoption placement selection process along with the one to three potential adoptive resources already identified by the caseworker.

(7) In consultation with the supervisor, the caseworker must determine the appropriate adoption selection process pursuant to Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.5, “Adoption Placement Selection”, OAR 413-120-0020.

(8) The caseworker must consult with the adoption worker for each of the identified potential adoptive resources pursuant to Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.5, “Adoption Placement Selection”, OAR 413-120-0021(2).

(9) The caseworker must document the actions taken under this rule in the Department’s information system.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 109.309, 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 109.309, 418.005, 418.285, 419B.090, 419B.192

Hist.: CWP 16-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 35-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 4-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 20-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 21-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-19-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-19-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 413-110-0132

Subject: OAR 413-110-0132 about the process to be followed and considerations to be made when separating siblings for purposes of adoption is being amended to clarify when the Department utilizes a permanency committee process for seeking a sibling separation decision, clarify when this is not required, and to make the rule easier to follow. This rule is also being amended to make permanent temporary rule changes adopted on April 4, 2011.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-110-0132

Consideration of Sibling Separation

(1) A permanency committee is used to consider the permanent separation of siblings in the legal custody of the Department through adoption, unless an adoptive resource has been selected for one or more siblings.

(2) The permanency committee must consider the best interests of each child in the sibling group under consideration, and each of the following factors when making a recommendation:

(a) The current and lifelong needs of each child and of each sibling in the sibling group under consideration;

(b) The existence of each child’s significant emotional ties to each sibling in the sibling group under consideration;

(c) The needs of each child and each sibling in the sibling group under consideration for each of the following:

(A) Physical and emotional safety;

(B) Ability to develop and maintain current and lifelong connections with the child’s family;

(C) Continuity and familiarity;

(D) Appropriate educational, developmental, emotional, and physical support;

(E) Stability and permanency; and

(F) Maintaining his or her identity, cultural, religious, and spiritual heritage.

(3) The permanency committee considers all of the information, deliberates, and, when committee members agree, makes a recommendation to the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee including one or more of the following options:

(a) Separation of a child from one or more siblings in the sibling group under consideration is not in the best interest of the child or the siblings, and the caseworker must continue to make efforts to place the siblings together for the purpose of adoption;

(b) Separation of a child from one or more siblings in the sibling group under consideration for the purpose of adoption is in the best interests of the child or the siblings; or

(c) When there are multiple siblings, recommendations with respect to which siblings in the sibling group under consideration should remain together for the purpose of adoption and how those matches are in the best interests of each sibling.

(4) When the permanency committee cannot reach agreement, each permanency committee member makes his or her respective recommendations known to the committee facilitator.

(5) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee who makes the decision on behalf of the Department must consider all of the following when making the decision:

(a) The considerations in subsections (2)(a)–(c) of this rule;

(b) The information presented to the permanency committee; and

(c) The recommendations of the permanency committee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 419B.192

Hist.: CWP 13-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 30-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 6-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-4-11 thru 10-1-11; CWP 21-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 22-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-19-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-19-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 413-070-0550

Subject: OAR 413-070-0550 about the approval and implementation of an APPLA permanency plan is being amended to clarify the individual who can make a decision on behalf of the Department to change a child’s permanency plan to APPLA prior to approaching the court. This rule is also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule changes adopted on March 22, 2011.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-070-0550

Approval and Implementation of an APPLA Permanency Plan

(1) The permanency committee must consider the best interests of the child or young adult under consideration and consider each of the following factors when making a recommendation regarding APPLA:

(a) How an APPLA permanency plan meets safety, permanency, and well-being needs of the child or young adult, and is in the best interests of the child or young adult.

(b) Whether the Department has provided the child or young adult, and the child or young adult’s parents, an opportunity to identify available permanency resources.

(c) The parents’ acceptance of APPLA as a permanency plan and their desire for continued contact with the child or young adult.

(d) Whether the child or young adult’s substitute caregiver is able to meet the child or young adult’s needs pursuant to OAR 413-070-0640 in Child Welfare Policy I-E.3.1, “Placement Matching”.

(e) Consideration of each of the more preferred permanency plans described in OAR 413-070-0536(1) and identification of the compelling reasons why return home, adoption, or guardianship cannot be achieved.

(f) When the child or young adult has siblings, the sufficiency of the plan for continued contact unless such contact is not in the best interests of the child or young adult and each sibling.

(2) After completing the review under section (1) of this rule, the permanency committee considers all of the information, deliberates, and, when committee members agree, makes a recommendation to the Child Welfare Program Manager.

(3) When the permanency committee cannot reach agreement, each permanency committee member makes his or her respective recommendations known to the committee facilitator.

(4) The Child Welfare Program Manager who makes the decision on behalf of the Department must consider all of the following when making the decision:

(a) The considerations in section (1) of this rule.

(b) The information presented to the permanency committee.

(c) The recommendation of the permanency committee.

(5) Within 30 days of the Department’s decision to approve an APPLA permanency plan under OAR 413-070-0519, the caseworker must request a permanency hearing before the court. At the court hearing, the caseworker must:

(a) Recommend that the court issue an order approving the APPLA plan;

(b) Set forth the compelling reasons why it would not be in the best interests of the child or young adult to return home, be placed for adoption, or be placed with a guardian;

(c) Set forth a timetable for the child or young adult’s placement in another planned permanent living arrangement;

(d) Set forth the reasonable services the Department may offer each parent to meet the best interests of the child or young adult until a more preferred permanency plan is achieved, the child reaches the age of majority, reaches independence, or the juvenile court relieves the Department of legal custody of the child or young adult; and

(e) Set forth the type and amount of parent-child and child-sibling contact and involvement until a more preferred permanency plan is achieved, the child reaches age of majority, reaches independence, or the juvenile court relieves the Department of legal custody of the child or young adult.

(6) When the court previously has ordered or the Department recommends that no contact be allowed between parent and child, or child and sibling, the caseworker must request that the court issue a standing protective order, including the reasons why no contact is allowed.

(7) When the APPLA plan does not receive Department approval, within 30 days the caseworker must:

(a) Inform the child or young adult, the child’s or young adult’s substitute caregivers, the child’s or young adult’s parents, the child’s or young adult’s attorney, the child’s court appointed special advocate, and other persons with significant involvement in the child’s or young adult’s life; and

(b) Consult with the child’s team to reconsider the child’s or young adult’s other permanency options.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005, 419A.004

Hist.: CWP 17-2009, f. & cert. ef. 11-3-09; CWP 13-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-28-10; CWP 28-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 2-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 22-2011, f. & cert. ef. 9-19-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 23-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-19-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-19-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Amended: 413-070-0514, 413-070-0516, 413-070-0518, 413-070-0519

Subject: OAR 413-070-0514 about working with a child’s team regarding a permanency plan and concurrent permanency plan is being amended to clarify the individual who can make a decision on behalf of the Department to change a child’s permanency plan to APPLA prior to approaching the court. This rule is also being amended to clarify when a caseworker must determine the Department has taken action on potential permanency resources prior to considering a change in the permanency plan.

      OAR 413-070-0516 about the use of a permanency committee is being amended to clarify and reference an exception to the process described in these rules to use a permanency committee to make a recommendation that a foster parent be considered as a child’s potential adoptive resource.

      OAR 413-070-0518 about the composition, scheduling, responsibilities, and recommendation of the permanency committee is being amended to modify its description of who is considered a member of the permanency committee and broaden the individuals who may be invited to come and present information to the permanency committee.

      OAR 413-070-0519 about the decision of the permanency committee and the notice of that decision is being amended to modify the rule title to better match the content of the rule.

      These four rules are also being amended to make permanent the temporary rule changes adopted on March 22, 2011.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-070-0514

Working with a Child’s Team Regarding a Permanency Plan and Concurrent Permanent Plan

(1) The caseworker must consult with a team of individuals, knowledgeable about the child or young adult’s needs, including the ongoing assessment of the most appropriate permanency plan and concurrent permanent plan for the child or young adult, throughout the course of the case.

(a) The team must include the following individuals to the extent required in each of the following paragraphs:

(A) The parents, unless a supervisor approves not including a specified parent because the contact may compromise a child, young adult’s, or another individual’s safety; parental rights have been terminated; or the parent has signed a release and surrender agreement;

(B) The parent’s attorney, unless parental rights have been terminated or the parent has signed a release and surrender agreement;

(C) The child or young adult, whenever developmentally appropriate;

(D) The CASA;

(E) A child or young adult’s attorney;

(F) A tribal representative if the child or young adult is an Indian child; and

(G) A member of the RCWAC, if the child is a refugee child.

(b) The team may include:

(A) The child or young adult’s substitute caregiver;

(B) The substitute caregiver’s certifier;

(C) The child’s or young adult’s relatives;

(D) Persons with a caregiver relationship;

(E) Other individuals with involvement in the child or young adult’s life; and

(F) Individuals with expertise in permanency.

(2) The caseworker utilizes the ongoing contact with these individuals to:

(a) Monitor the progress toward achieving the permanency plan;

(b) Provide the child or young adult, and the child or young adult’s parents, the opportunity to identify available permanency resources should reunification not be achievable;

(c) Review the efforts to identify and place the child or young adult with a relative and to place siblings together;

(d) Consider the parents’ acceptance of a plan other than reunification and their desire for continued contact with the child or young adult;

(e) Identify and consider which concurrent permanent plan best meets the child or young adult’s current and lifelong needs for safety, permanency, and well-being in the following preferential order:

(A) Adoption;

(B) Guardianship, which may be considered only when there are compelling reasons why adoption cannot be achieved; or

(C) Another Planned Permanency Living Arrangement, which may be considered only when there are compelling reasons why adoption or guardianship cannot be achieved.

(3) After the caseworker has complied with section (2) of this rule and prior to considering a change in permanency plan, the caseworker must determine that the Department has taken action on the potential permanency resources identified by the Department, the child or young adult, the family of child or young adult, or a member of the team of the child or young adult; and the caseworker must review with the team of the child or young adult:

(a) The outcome of the assessment of potential permanency resources; and

(b) The Department’s efforts to develop and maintain the relationship of the child or young adult with potential permanency resources.

(4) When the caseworker determines a change in permanency plan should be considered, the caseworker must determine which permanency plan best:

(a) Meets the safety, permanency, and well-being of the child or young adult;

(b) Provides the child or young adult with support and connections in adulthood; and

(c) Must document the basis for the determination.

(5) The legal assistance specialist must approve changing the permanency plan to adoption prior to the caseworker recommending adoption to the court.

(6) The permanency committee must make recommendations; and

(a) A Child Welfare Program Manager or designee must make the decision on behalf of the Department:

(A) To approve changing the permanency plan to guardianship prior to the caseworker recommending the plan to the court; and

(B) To identify the substitute caregiver as the appropriate permanency placement resource for the plan of guardianship.

(b) A Child Welfare Program Manager must make the decision on behalf of the Department:

(A) To approve changing the permanency plan to APPLA prior to the caseworker recommending the plan to the court; and

(B) To identify the substitute caregiver as the appropriate permanency placement resource for the plan of APPLA.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 27-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 23-2011, f, & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-070-0516

Use of Permanency Committee

A permanency committee must be scheduled when any of the following sections applies:

(1) The caseworker is recommending a change in permanency plan to guardianship. The permanency committee provides a recommendation based upon the considerations in OAR 413-070-0660 and 413-070-0665.

(2) The caseworker is recommending a change in permanency plan to APPLA. The permanency committee provides a recommendation based upon the considerations in OAR 413-070-0550(1).

(3) A foster parent’s request to be considered an adoptive resource as a current caretaker pursuant to Child Welfare Policy I-G.1.1, “Foster Parent Request for Consideration as a Current Caretaker”, OAR 413-120-0500 to 413-120-0595. The permanency committee provides a recommendation based upon the considerations in OAR 413-120-0570.

(4) A caseworker is considering the separation of siblings in adoption under OAR 413-100-0132. The permanency committee provides a recommendation based upon the considerations in OAR 413-110-0132(2).

(5) The caseworker requests that a permanency committee review the relationship between a general applicant and a child whose permanency plan is adoption. The permanency committee provides a recommendation based upon the considerations in OAR 413-120-0750(5)(b).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 27-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 23-2011, f, & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-070-0518

Composition, Scheduling, Responsibilities and Recommendations of the Permanency Committee

(1) Composition. A permanency committee includes the following individuals.

(a) Two individuals who have been appointed by a Child Welfare Program Manager to attend a permanency committee.

(A) A committee facilitator, who must be a Department staff member and who must ensure all of the following:

(i) The meeting is held according to the requirements of Chapter 413 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

(ii) Individuals are informed of the responsibilities of the committee and the confidentiality of information presented during the meeting.

(iii) Thorough and accurate documentation of the committee recommendations.

(B) A second individual who may be either a community partner or another Department staff member.

(C) These two individuals must meet the requirements of all of the following paragraphs:

(i) Be knowledgeable about permanency issues.

(ii) Be knowledgeable of the importance of lifelong family attachment and cultural connections.

(iii) Have no current personal or professional relationship to the child or a potential placement resource or potential adoptive resource being considered.

(b) The following members of the child’s team:

(A) The caseworker of the child or young adult;

(B) The attorney of the child or young adult;

(C) The CASA of the child or young adult;

(D) A tribal representative, if the child or young adult is an Indian child; and

(E) A member of the RCWAC, if the child or young adult is a refugee child.

(2) The substitute caregiver of the child or young adult, or any other individual from the child’s team who a caseworker, in consultation with the supervisor, believes can provide important input into the issue before the permanency committee, may be invited to come and present information to the permanency committee, but is excused after presenting information and responding to questions.

(3) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee responsible for making the decision on behalf of the Department attends the permanency committee and may ask clarifying questions, but does not participate in the deliberation and recommendation.

(4) Scheduling. The Department is responsible for scheduling and notifying the following individuals of the date, time, and location of the permanency committee.

(a) Appointed permanency committee members;

(b) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee making a decision on the issue before the permanency committee;

(c) Each member of the child’s or young adult’s team identified in subsection (1)(b) of this rule; and

(d) Any other individual invited to present specific information to the permanency committee.

(5) Confidentiality. Each individual attending a permanency committee is bound by Oregon statutes regarding confidentiality and Child Welfare Policy I-A.3.2, “Confidentiality of Client Information” OAR 413-010-0000 to 413-010-0075.

(6) Consideration, review, and recommendation.

(a) The permanency committee must consider and review the information presented by any individual invited to the permanency committee, whether the information is presented in person, by phone, through other electronic communication, or in writing.

(b) The permanency committee may seek clarifying and request additional information during the presentations.

(c) The permanency committee must consider the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of the child or young adult and when there are siblings, the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of each sibling; and make a recommendation regarding the issue brought before the committee to the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee.

(d) When members of the permanency committee have not come to consensus on a recommendation, the committee facilitator must document all recommendations and the basis provided by the permanency committee member for that recommendation.

(e) The committee facilitator must provide the written documentation of the permanency committee’s recommendation or recommendations to the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee within three business days of the date on which the permanency committee was held.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 27-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 23-2011, f, & cert. ef. 9-19-11

413-070-0519

Decision and Notice

(1) Except to the extent that section (2) of this rule indicates otherwise, the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee must:

(a) Consider the recommendations of the permanency committee;

(b) Make a decision within one business day following the receipt of the written recommendations of the permanency committee; and

(c) Provide written notification of the decision and the basis of the decision to the caseworker on a form approved by the Department.

(2) When the decision of the permanency committee applies to changing a permanency plan to APPLA, the Child Welfare Program Manager must make the decision and cannot appoint a designee.

(3) The caseworker must notify the following individuals of the decision under section (1) of this rule:

(a) Each child or young adult, when required by law and developmentally appropriate;

(b) Each child’s or young adult’s attorney, if one has been appointed;

(c) Each child’s or young adult’s CASA, if one has been appointed;

(d) Each child’s or young adult’s tribal representative, when a child or young adult is an Indian child;

(e) The member of the RCWAC when a child or young adult is a refugee child; and

(f) Each child’s or young adult’s substitute caregiver.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 27-2010, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-10; CWP 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-22-11 thru 9-18-11; CWP 23-2011, f, & cert. ef. 9-19-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 24-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 413-070-0900, 413-070-0905, 413-070-0917, 413-070-0925, 413-070-0934, 413-070-0939, 413-070-0949, 413-070-0964, 413-070-0974

Rules Suspended: 413-070-0900(T), 413-070-0905(T), 413-070-0917(T), 413-070-0925(T), 413-070-0934(T), 413-070-0939(T), 413-070-0949(T), 413-070-0964(T), 413-070-0974(T)

Subject: OAR 413-070-0900 about the purpose the rules about guardianship assistance, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to indicate that these rules now cover when guardianship assistance may be extended for certain young adults who had qualified for disability services.

      OAR 413-070-0917 about eligibility, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to clarify when a child who is turning 18 and has a disability may qualify for an extension of guardianship assistance.

      OAR 413-070-0925 about the approval of potential guardians for guardianship assistance, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to specify requirements that a potential guardian must agree to concerning the education of the child.

      OAR 413-070-0934 about application requirements, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to indicate when extenuating circumstances can delay the negotiation of a guardianship assistance agreement.

      OAR 413-070-0939 about guardianship assistance payments, medical assistance, and nonrecurring guardianship expenses — which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011 — is being further amended to restate the eligibility of a child for medical assistance.

      OAR 413-070-0949 about guardianship assistance agreement requirements, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to indicate that the agreement may state that guardianship assistance can continue when a child or young adult moves out of the guardian’s home for school or work.

      OAR 413-070-0964 about information and reports the guardian must provide to the Department, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to restate and clarify the circumstances that a guardian needs to report to the Department.

      OAR 413-070-0974 about review, adjustment, suspension, expiration, and termination of guardianship assistance — which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011 — is being further amended to restate and more fully explain the conditions under which a guardianship assistance agreement may be reviewed, adjusted, suspended, or terminated, and to state the policy about the expiration of guardianship assistance agreements.

      OAR 413-070-0900 to 413-070-0974 about guardianship assistance are also being amended to clarify the rules, for internal consistency, accurate cross-references, and to reflect current Department terminology, policy and practice.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-070-0900

Purpose

(1) The purpose of these rules, OAR 413-070-0900 to 413-070-0974, is to describe Department criteria for program eligibility and receipt of guardianship assistance for:

(a) A child in the care or custody of the Department or a participating tribe;

(b) A young adult on whose behalf an initial guardianship assistance agreement was entered into when the young adult was a child of age 16 or 17; or

(c) A young adult who qualifies for disability services and on whose behalf an initial guardianship assistance agreement was entered into when the young adult was a child.

(2) The State of Oregon is not responsible for guardianship assistance for a child or young adult placed for guardianship in Oregon by a public child welfare agency other than the Department.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0905

Definitions

The following definitions apply to OAR 413-070-0900 to 413-070-0974:

(1) “Base rate payment means a payment to the foster parent or relative caregiver for the costs of providing the child or young adult with the following:

(a) Food — including the cost to cover a child or young adult’s special or unique nutritional needs;

(b) Clothing — including purchase and replacement;

(c) Housing — including maintenance of household utilities, furnishings, and equipment;

(d) Daily supervision — including teaching and directing to ensure safety and well-being at a level which is appropriate based on the child or young adult’s chronological age;

(e) Personal incidentals — including personal care items, entertainment, reading materials, and miscellaneous items; and

(f) The cost of providing transportation — including local travel associated with expenditure for gas and oil, and vehicle maintenance and repair associated with transportation to and from extracurricular, child care, recreational, and cultural activities.

(2) “CANS screening” means Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths screening, a process of gathering information on a child or young adult’s needs and strengths used for one or more of the following purposes:

(a) Identifying case planning, service planning, and supervision needs of the child or young adult in substitute care with a certified family;

(b) Determining the level of care payment while in substitute care with a certified family; and

(c) Determining the level of care payment included in an adoption assistance agreement or guardianship assistance agreement.

(3) “Child” means a person under 18 years of age.

(4) “Department” means the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare.

(5) “Enhanced supervision means the additional support, direction, observation, and guidance necessary to promote and ensure the safety and well-being of the child or young adult when the child or young adult qualifies for a level of care payment.

(6) “Guardian” means an individual who has been granted guardianship of a child through a judgment of the court.

(7) “Guardianship assistance” means assistance on behalf of an eligible child or young adult to offset the costs associated with establishing the guardianship and meeting the ongoing needs of the child or young adult. Guardianship assistance may be in the form of a payment, medical coverage, or reimbursement of guardianship expenses.

(8) “Guardianship assistance agreement” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the potential guardian or guardian setting forth the assistance the Department is to provide on behalf of the child or young adult, the responsibilities of the guardian and the Department, and the manner in which the agreement and amount of assistance may be modified or terminated.

(9) “Guardianship assistance agreement only” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the potential guardian or guardian of an eligible child or young adult, when the potential guardian or guardian is not receiving a guardianship assistance payment or medical coverage at the time of the agreement but may request it at a later date.

(10) “Guardianship assistance base rate” means the portion of the guardianship assistance payment that is negotiated with the potential guardian or guardian and cannot exceed the amount of the Oregon foster care base rate payment for the child or young adult’s age.

(11) “Guardianship assistance payment” means a monthly payment made by the Department to the guardian on behalf of the eligible child or young adult.

(12) “Guardianship Assistance Review Committee” means a committee composed of local and central office staff who have expertise in the area of guardianship.

(13) “Level of care payment” means the payment provided to an approved or certified family, a guardian, a pre-adoptive family, or an adoptive family based on the child or young adult’s need for enhanced supervision as determined by applying the CANS algorithm to the results of the CANS screening.

(14) “Nonrecurring guardianship assistance agreement” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the potential guardian of an eligible child for a one-time payment to reimburse the guardian for the reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in legally finalizing the guardianship.

(15) “Nonrecurring guardianship expenses” means a one-time payment of up to $2,000 per child which the Department will make to a guardian to assist with the reasonable and necessary expenses associated with obtaining legal guardianship of an eligible child.

(16) “Parent” means the biological or adoptive mother or the legal father of the child. A legal father is a man who has adopted the child or whose paternity has been established or declared under ORS 109.070, ORS 416.400 to 416.465, or by a juvenile court. In cases involving an Indian child under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a legal father includes a man who is a father under applicable tribal law. “Parent” also includes a putative father who has demonstrated a direct and significant commitment to the child by assuming or attempting to assume responsibilities normally associated with parenthood unless a court finds that the putative father is not the legal father.

(17) “Participating tribe” means a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon with a Title IV-E agreement with the Department.

(18) “Permanency Committee” means a group of individuals who are responsible for making a recommendation regarding a permanency plan or potential permanency resource when the child or young adult likely is not returning to his or her parent.

(19) “Potential guardian” means an individual who:

(a) Has been approved by the Department or participating tribe to be a child’s guardian; and

(b) Is in the process of legalizing the relationship to the child through the judgment of the court.

(20) “Registered Domestic Partner” means an individual joined in a domestic partnership that is registered with a county clerk in accordance with ORS 106.300 to 106.340.

(21) “Relative” means:

(a) An individual with one of the following relationships to the child or young adult through the child or young adult’s parent:

(A) Any blood relative of preceding generations denoted by the prefixes of grand, great, or great-great.

(B) Any half-blood relative of preceding generations denoted by the prefixes of grand, great, or great-great (individuals with one common biological parent are half-blood relatives).

(C) A sibling, also to include an individual with a sibling relationship to the child through a putative father.

(D) An aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, first cousin, and first cousin once removed.

(E) A spouse of anyone listed in paragraphs (A) to (D) of this subsection, even if a petition for annulment, dissolution, or separation has been filed or the marriage is terminated by death or divorce. To be considered a relative under this paragraph, the child or young adult must have had a relationship with the spouse prior to the child or young adult entering substitute care.

(F) For the purposes of an international adoption, relative means an individual described in paragraphs (A) to (D) of this subsection.

(b) An individual with one of the following relationships to the child or young adult:

(A) An individual defined as a relative by the law or customs of the child or young adult’s tribe if the child or young adult is an Indian child under the Indian Child Welfare Act or in the legal custody of a tribe.

(B) An individual defined as a relative of a refugee child or young adult under Child Welfare Policy I-E.2.2, “Placement of Refugee Children,” (OAR 413-070-0300 to 413-070-0380).

(C) A stepparent described in OAR 413-100-0020(27)(c) or a former stepparent if the child or young adult had a relationship with the former stepparent prior to the child or young adult entering substitute care; a stepbrother, or a stepsister.

(D) The Registered Domestic Partner of the child or young adult’s parent or former Registered Domestic Partner of the child or young adult’s parent if the child or young adult had a relationship with the former domestic partner prior to the child or young adult entering substitute care.

(E) The adoptive parent of a child or young adult’s sibling.

(F) The unrelated legal or biological father or mother of a child’s half-sibling when the child’s half-sibling is living with the unrelated legal or biological father or mother.

(c) An individual identified by the child or young adult or the child or young adult’s family, or an individual who self-identifies, related to the child or young adult through the child or young adult’s parent by blood, adoption, or marriage to a degree other than an individual specified as a child or young adult’s relative in paragraphs (A) to (D) of subsection (a) of this section.

(d) An individual, although not related by blood, adoption, or marriage, identified as:

(A) A member of the family by the child or young adult or the child or young adult’s family; and

(B) Who had an emotionally significant relationship with the child or young adult or the child or young adult’s family prior to the time the Department placed the child in substitute care.

(e) For the purposes of these rules, OAR 413-070-0900 to 413-070-0974:

(A) A stepparent is considered a parent and is not a relative under these rules unless a petition for annulment, dissolution, or separation has been filed, or the marriage to the child’s adoptive or biological parent has been terminated by divorce or death:

(B) A foster parent may be considered a relative under these rules when:

(i) There is a compelling reason why adoption is not an achievable permanency plan;

(ii) The foster parent is currently caring for a child in the legal custody of the Department who has a permanency plan or concurrent permanency plan of guardianship;

(iii) The foster parent has cared for the child for at least the past 12 consecutive months; and

(iv) A Permanency Committee has recommended the foster parent for consideration as a guardian.

(22) “Sibling” means one of two or more children or young adults related:

(a) By blood or adoption through a common legal parent;

(b) Through the marriage of the children or young adults’ legal or biological parents; or

(c) Through a legal or biological parent who is the Registered Domestic Partner of the children or young adults’ legal or biological parent.

(23) “Substitute care means the out-of-home placement of a child or young adult who is in the legal or physical custody and care of the Department.

(24) “Substitute caregiver” means a relative caregiver, foster parent, or provider authorized to provide care to a child or young adult in the legal or physical custody of the Department.

(25) “Young adult” means a person aged 18 through 20 years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-9-03; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0917

Eligibility

(1) Eligibility: Child.

(a) Guardianship assistance will not be established for a child placed outside of the United States or a territory or possession thereof.

(b) A guardianship assistance agreement must be signed by the potential guardian and a Department representative before guardianship has been legally established by a state or participating tribal court.

(c) To be eligible for guardianship assistance, a child must meet all of the following:

(A) Be a United States citizen or qualified alien as described in OAR 413-100-0210(2) and in 8 USC 1641(b) or (c).

(B) Be removed from his or her home pursuant to a voluntary placement or as a result of a judicial determination that continuation in the home would be contrary to the welfare of the child.

(C) The Department or participating tribe has determined that neither return home nor adoption is an appropriate permanency option for the child.

(D) Be eligible for Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments during a six consecutive month period during which the child resided in the home of the potential guardian who was fully licensed, certified, or approved by the state or a participating tribe as meeting the licensure or certification requirements for a foster family home in the state where the home is located. The Department determines a child’s eligibility for a Title IV-E maintenance payment under Child Welfare Policy I-E.6.1, “Title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Eligibility”, OAR 413-100-0000 to 413-100-0345.

(E) Be in the Department’s or participating tribe’s legal custody for a minimum of:

(i) Six months, if the potential guardian is the child’s relative as defined by OAR 413-070-0905(21)(a) through (d); or

(ii) Twelve months, if the potential guardian is a substitute caregiver who meets the definition of a relative under OAR 413-070-0905(21)(e)(B).

(F) Demonstrate a strong attachment to the potential guardian.

(G) Be consulted regarding the guardianship arrangement when the child has attained 14 years of age.

(2) When guardianship as a permanency plan has been approved, the caseworker must document each of the following in the child’s case plan.

(a) How the child meets the eligibility requirements;

(b) The steps the Department has taken to determine that return to the home or adoption is not appropriate;

(c) The efforts the Department has made to discuss adoption with the child’s relative caregiver and the reasons why adoption is not an option;

(d) The efforts the Department has made to discuss kinship guardianship with the child’s parent or parents or the reasons why efforts were not made;

(e) The reason why a permanent placement with a potential relative guardian and receipt of a kinship guardian assistance payment is in the child’s best interests; and

(f) The reasons for any separation of siblings during placement. If the child’s placement with the prospective relative guardian does not include siblings, the case plan must also include a description of the reasons why the child is separated from siblings during placement.

(3) Extension of Guardianship Assistance for a Young Adult.

(a) The Department may approve an extension of a guardianship assistance agreement for an individual under the age of 21 when the individual reaches the age of 18 on or after October 1, 2011 and meets paragraph (A) of this subsection, or when the individual reaches the age of 18 on or after June 30, 2011 and meets paragraph (B) of this subsection.

(A) An initial guardianship assistance agreement is entered into on behalf of a child and at the time of the child’s 18th birthday, he or she:

(i) Qualifies as an individual with a developmental disability as determined by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services;

(ii) Qualifies as an individual with a developmental disability as determined by the equivalent developmental disability program if living in a state other than Oregon; or

(iii) Qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as determined by the Social Security Administration.

(B) An initial guardianship assistance agreement is entered into on behalf of a child who is age 16 or 17 when the child, upon reaching the age of 18, is:

(i) Completing secondary school (or equivalent);

(ii) Enrolled in post-secondary or vocational school;

(iii) Participating in a program or activity that promotes or removes barriers to employment;

(iv) Employed for at least 80 hours a month; or

(v) Determined incapable of any of the above due to a documented medical condition, physical disability, or mental disability.

(b) In order for the extension of guardianship assistance as described in paragraph (a)(A) of this section to continue on behalf of a young adult, the guardian or potential guardian must submit to the Department, upon request and before the child’s 18th birthday, documentation from the agency making the determination described in subparagraphs (a)(A)(i) to (iii) of this section.

(c) If an individual does not meet the requirements under subsection (a) of this section or the guardian or potential guardian does not submit the documentation before the individual’s 18th birthday as required in subsection (b) of this section, the Department may not approve an extension of a guardianship assistance agreement.

(d) An extension of guardianship assistance approved pursuant to subsection (a) of this section will continue until the young adult turns 21 years old.

(e) In order for the extension of guardianship assistance as described in paragraph (a)(B) of this section to continue on behalf of a young adult, the guardian must submit to the Department, upon request:

(A) Proof that the young adult continues to be enrolled in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational school, or a program or activity that promotes or removes barriers to employment;

(B) Proof that the young adult is employed for at least 80 hours a month; or

(C) Verification from a medical or mental health professional that the young adult is incapable of attending school or obtaining employment due to a medical condition.

(f) The Department will review the eligibility of the young adult for continued guardianship assistance when an extension of guardianship assistance has been granted under subsection (a) of this section:

(A) At least annually; or

(B) When information is received that indicates the young adult may no longer be eligible for guardianship assistance or may be eligible for guardianship assistance in a different amount.

(g) The guardian must notify the Department, orally or in writing, of any changes in circumstances that may make the young adult:

(A) Ineligible for guardianship assistance; or

(B) Eligible for guardianship assistance in a different amount.

(4) Siblings. Each sibling of a child or young adult eligible for guardianship assistance is also eligible for guardianship assistance, without meeting the eligibility requirements set forth in subsections (1)(c)(B) to (F) of this rule, when:

(a) The sibling is placed in a guardianship with the same potential guardian or guardian, whether the siblings are placed at the same time or not; and

(b) The potential guardian or guardian and the Department agree that both of the following are appropriate:

(A) Placing the child’s sibling in the home of the potential guardian or guardian; and

(B) Guardianship as a permanency plan for the sibling.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0925

Eligibility: Prospective Guardian

The Department may approve a potential guardian for guardianship assistance when the potential guardian --

(1) Meets the requirements of Child Welfare Policy I-E.3.6.1, “Guardianship as a Permanency Plan”, OAR 413-070-0665(2), and:

(2) Agrees to ensure that, if the child has attained the minimum age for compulsory attendance under the law of the state of residence but has not completed secondary school, the child is:

(a) Enrolled in an elementary or secondary school as determined by the law of the state of residence;

(b) Home schooled in accordance with the law of the state of residence;

(c) Enrolled in an independent study program in accordance with the law of the state of residence;

(d) Incapable of attending school due to a documented medical condition.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0934

Application Requirements

(1) Except as described in subsections (a) - (c) of this section, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit must begin negotiation of the guardianship assistance agreement no later than 60 days after receipt of the completed guardianship assistance application.

(a) The Department may delay negotiation of the guardianship assistance base rate when the child is due for an updated CANS screening, a new CANS screening is warranted, or a CANS screening is in process or completed but a decision is pending regarding the level of care payment under OAR 413-020-0230.

(b) When there are extenuating circumstances regarding the child or family, the Department may delay negotiation following a request by the caseworker, guardian, or potential guardian.

(c) When a guardianship assistance application is delayed, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit must begin negotiation of the guardianship assistance base rate no later than 30 days from receipt of the final decision regarding the level of care payment.

(2) A guardianship assistance application is considered complete when the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit has received a signed application and all supporting documentation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; Suspended by CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; Renumbered from 413-070-0965, CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0939

Guardianship Assistance Payments, Medical Assistance, and Nonrecurring Guardianship Expenses

(1) When a guardianship assistance payment or medical assistance is not being provided, a potential guardian or guardian may enter into a guardianship assistance agreement only.

(2) The monthly guardianship assistance payment may not exceed the total of:

(a) The guardianship assistance base rate; and

(b) When applicable, the level of care payment determined by the CANS screening conducted under OAR 413-020-0230.

(3) The monthly guardianship assistance base rate:

(a) Is determined through discussion and negotiation between the Department and the potential guardian or guardian.

(b) May not exceed the current foster care base rate payment the child or young adult would be eligible to receive in foster care as determined by OAR 413-090-0010(1)(b).

(c) Is negotiated between the potential guardian of a child or guardian of a child or young adult and the Department, taking into consideration relevant factors which include, but are not limited to:

(A) The ordinary and special needs of the child or young adult.

(B) The services and goods required to meet the needs of the child or young adult.

(C) The cost of the services and goods required to meet the needs of the child or young adult.

(D) The circumstances of the potential guardian or guardian and their ability to provide the required services and goods for the child or young adult.

(E) The resources available to the potential guardian or guardian such as medical coverage, private health insurance, public education, other income sources, and community resources.

(F) A guardianship assistance payment may be reduced when other sources of income are received by the potential guardian or guardian or the child or young adult.

(d) Is intended to combine with the resources of the potential guardian or guardian to provide for the needs of the child or young adult.

(4) When, during negotiation of the guardianship assistance base rate payment, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator and the potential guardian or the guardian are unable to reach agreement, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator, the potential guardian, or the guardian may request a review by the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee. When a review is requested:

(a) An Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must:

(A) Prepare documentation for the scheduled Guardianship Assistance Review Committee;

(B) Notify the potential guardian or guardian and the assigned caseworkers of the date of the committee; and

(C) Attend and participate in the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee.

(b) The potential guardian or guardian may provide written documentation to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator for review and consideration by the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee.

(c) The caseworker for the potential guardian and the caseworker for the child may participate in a Guardianship Assistance Review Committee meeting and may present information and respond to questions. The caseworkers may not participate in the deliberations of the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee.

(d) The Guardianship Assistance Review Committee members must:

(A) Consider written documentation provided by the potential guardian or guardian, caseworkers, and the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator.

(B) Review materials submitted to the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee, deliberate, and make a recommendation regarding the guardianship assistance base rate.

(e) At the conclusion of the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must:

(A) Document the recommendation of the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee; and

(B) Submit the recommendation to the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee within one business day of the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee meeting.

(f) The Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee must:

(A) Attend the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee and may ask clarifying questions, but does not participate in the deliberation or recommendation of the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee; and

(B) Make a decision and provide written notification of the decision regarding the guardianship assistance base rate to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator within one business day of receipt of the documentation from the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee.

(g) The Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must notify the potential guardian or guardian of the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee’s decision, including a written notice, within ten business days of the decision.

(5) A potential guardian or guardian unsatisfied with the guardianship assistance base rate decision of the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee under paragraph (4)(f)(B) of this rule may submit a written request for review of the decision by the Adoption Program Manager or designee within 14 days of the written notice in subsection (4)(g) of this rule.

(6) The Adoption Program Manager or designee must complete each of the following actions.

(a) Review and consider:

(A) The materials submitted to the Guardianship Assistance Review Committee;

(B) The recommendation of the committee;

(C) The decision made by the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee following the review committee recommendation; and

(D) The information presented by the potential guardian or guardian in the request submitted under section (5) of this rule.

(b) Make a decision within 60 days of the date of the request for review.

(c) Provide written notification to the potential guardian or guardian and the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator within ten business days of the decision in subsection (b) of this section.

(7) The monthly level of care payment:

(a) Is determined based on the results of a CANS screening conducted under OAR 413-020-0230.

(b) Cannot exceed the amount of the level of care payment set forth in OAR 413-090-0010(2)(g).

(c) Is included in the guardianship assistance payment when the child or young adult qualifies for a level of care payment and when requested by the potential guardian or guardian.

(8) When a potential guardian or guardian is unsatisfied with the final guardianship assistance offer from the Department, consisting of the guardianship assistance base rate and, when applicable, a level of care payment, the potential guardian or guardian has the right to a contested case hearing under Child Welfare Policy I-A.5.2, “Contested Case Hearings”, OAR 413-010-0500 to 413-010-0535.

(9) An initial guardianship assistance payment begins on the date the state or tribal court legally establishes the guardianship provided there is a written guardianship assistance agreement signed by all parties.

(10) A guardianship assistance payment to a guardian for the child or young adult is inalienable, not assignable or transferable, and exempt from execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, and other legal process under the laws of Oregon, as long as the payment can be identified as a guardianship assistance payment and is kept separate from other money in the guardian’s possession.

(11) The guardian may apply to be the designated payee for any benefit the child or young adult receives if the benefit program allows such application.

(12) Medical assistance and social services.

(a) A child or young adult who is the subject of a guardianship assistance agreement funded by Title IV-E funds as authorized by the Fostering Connection to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-351) is categorically eligible for medical assistance through Title XIX and social services under Title XX when:

(A) The guardianship is in effect; and

(B) A guardianship assistance payment is being made to the guardian.

(b) A child or young adult who is not eligible for Title XIX medical assistance is eligible for medical assistance under Child Welfare Policy I-E.6.2, “Title XIX and General Assistance Medical Eligibility”, OAR 413-100-0400 to 413-100-0610 when:

(A) The child or young adult resides in Oregon; or

(B) The child or young adult resides outside of Oregon but in the United States or a territory or possession thereof and is not able to obtain medical assistance in his or her place of residence.

(c) Medical assistance is not provided for a child or young adult who resides outside of the United States or a territory or possession thereof.

(13) Nonrecurring guardianship expenses.

(a) The Department will reimburse a guardian up to $2,000 per eligible child for approved nonrecurring guardianship expenses, including but not limited to:

(A) The cost of a home study;

(B) Court costs;

(C) Attorney fees;

(D) Physical and psychological examinations required for the guardianship; and

(E) Travel to visit with the child prior to placement.

(b) Payment for nonrecurring guardianship expenses may not duplicate expenses covered by the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children or another resource available to the potential guardian.

(c) Documentation of nonrecurring guardianship expenses is required and must be submitted prior to execution of the nonrecurring guardianship assistance agreement. The nonrecurring guardianship assistance agreement, indicating the nature and amount of the nonrecurring guardianship expenses, must be signed by the potential guardian and a Department representative prior to the establishment of the guardianship.

(d) Payment for nonrecurring guardianship expenses is made when the Department receives the court order establishing the guardianship.

(14) Overpayment.

(a) If the Department issues a guardianship assistance payment on behalf of a child or young adult after the date the guardianship assistance agreement automatically expires, the Department may seek reimbursement of the overpayment and the guardian must repay the Department.

(b) If the guardian fails to comply with any provisions of the guardianship assistance agreement, including failing to notify the Department of any of the events or circumstances described in OAR 413-070-0964 and 413-070-0974(2), the Department may collect any guardianship assistance payment or medical assistance which the Department would not have provided had the guardian complied with the provisions of the guardianship assistance agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-9-03; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; Renumbered from 413-070-0930, CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0949

Guardianship Assistance Agreement Requirements

(1) Before a guardian may receive guardianship assistance, there must be a negotiated written guardianship assistance agreement between the Department and the potential guardian or guardian signed by all parties prior to the court order establishing the legal guardianship.

(2) The guardianship assistance agreement must include each of the following:

(a) A statement indicating that a guardianship assistance agreement remains in effect without regard to the state of residency of the guardian.

(b) The effective date of the initial guardianship assistance agreement is the date of the court order of guardianship.

(c) That the Department will pay the nonrecurring guardianship expenses associated with obtaining legal guardianship of the child, to the extent the nonrecurring guardianship expenses do not exceed $2,000 per child.

(d) That the child or young adult for whom the Department is providing a guardianship assistance payment remains eligible for medical assistance provided:

(A) The guardianship remains in effect;

(B) A payment is being made; and

(C) The child or young adult is placed in the United States, a territory or possession thereof.

(e) Information regarding garnishment of guardianship assistance payments as set forth in OAR 413-070-0939(10).

(f) That the guardian agrees to comply with the reporting requirements under OAR 413-070-0964.

(g) That the guardian understands that a guardianship assistance agreement may be reviewed and the guardianship assistance may be adjusted, suspended, or terminated under OAR 413-070-0974.

(h) A statement indicating that the guardian understands that the provisions of ORS 192.520 allow the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and the OHP managed care plans without the authorization of the guardian, child, or young adult to exchange the following protected health information for the purpose of treatment activities related to the behavioral or physical health of the child or young adult when the child or young adult is the recipient of OHP services:

(A) The name and Medicaid recipient number of the child or young adult;

(B) The name of the hospital or medical provider of the child or young adult;

(C) The Medicaid number of the hospital or medical provider;

(D) Each diagnosis for the child or young adult;

(E) Each treatment activity’s date of service;

(F) Each treatment activity’s procedure or revenue code;

(G) The quantity of units or services provided; and

(H) Information about medication prescription and monitoring.

(i) The amount of the guardianship assistance and the manner in which it is to be provided.

(j) The basis and requirements for periodic changes in the guardianship assistance payment, in consultation with the guardian, based on the circumstances of the guardian and the needs of the child or young adult.

(k) The additional services and assistance for which the child or young adult and guardian are eligible under the agreement and the procedure by which the guardian may apply for such services.

(l) When the Department has agreed to include such language, that the Department may continue to provide guardianship assistance for a child or young adult when the child or young adult moves out of the home of the guardian to attend college or live independently.

(3) The Department must provide the guardian with a copy of the guardianship assistance agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 49-2003(Temp), f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04 thru 4-28-04; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; Renumbered from 413-070-0935, CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0964

Changes That Must be Reported and Annual Report

(1) A guardian receiving guardianship assistance must immediately report, orally or in writing, to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit any changes in circumstances of the child, young adult, or guardian that makes the child or young adult ineligible for guardianship assistance including when:

(a) The child or young adult:

(A) Is emancipated;

(B) Dies;

(C) Marries; or

(D) Is adopted.

(b) The court:

(A) Vacates the guardianship; or

(B) Terminates wardship over the child or young adult, unless the guardianship is a tribal court guardianship and the guardianship remains in effect under tribal law.

(2) A guardian receiving a guardianship assistance payment must immediately report, orally or in writing, to the Department’s Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit any changes in circumstances of the child, young adult, or guardian that may make the child or young adult ineligible for guardianship assistance including when:

(a) The child or young adult:

(A) Is out of the home of a guardian for more than a thirty day period or, if more than one guardian, is out of the home of both guardians for more than a thirty day period;

(B) Has a change in needs including but not limited to eligibility for a change in the level of care payment based on a new CANS screening;

(C) Is placed in substitute care;

(D) Is no longer receiving financial support from a guardian or, if there is more than one guardian, both guardians;

(E) Is incarcerated for more than three consecutive months; or

(F) Has a change in any benefit received other than tribal dividend payments.

(b) A guardian is, or if more than one guardian, both guardians are:

(A) No longer legally responsible for the financial support of the child or young adult;

(B) No longer responsible for the child or young adult; or

(C) No longer providing support to the child or young adult.

(c) A guardian seeks to terminate or modify the guardianship.

(d) The court:

(A) Modifies the guardianship, or

(B) Awards child custody or guardianship to another individual.

(3) A guardian receiving a guardianship assistance payment must immediately report, orally or in writing, to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit the following:

(a) When there are two guardians and one guardian dies, the surviving guardian must notify the Department.

(b) When there is a change in address.

(c) When a guardian, child, or young adult is planning to move from his or her state of residency.

(4) The guardian, within 30 days after each annual anniversary of the court appointment of guardianship, must file a written report with the court and submit a copy of the report to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit.

(5) When the court does not require an annual report under section (4) of this rule as part of the appointment of guardianship, the Department requires the guardian to submit an annual report to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit within 30 days after each anniversary of the appointment of guardianship.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-9-03; CWP 19-2003(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-23-03 thru 6-20-03; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; Renumbered from 413-070-0945 & 413-070-0955, CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-070-0974

Review, Adjustment, Suspension, Expiration, and Termination of Guardianship Assistance

(1) The Department may review a guardianship assistance agreement when the Department:

(a) Receives information indicating that the child or young adult may no longer be eligible for guardianship assistance or may be eligible for guardianship assistance in a different amount, including when the Department receives information regarding any of the circumstances described in OAR 413-070-0964;

(b) Determines, when the child or young adult is not residing in the home of the guardian, that periodic review of the guardianship assistance agreement is required;

(c) Receives information that indicates a review is necessary based on a change in the needs of the child or young adult or circumstances of the family;

(d) Receives information that the young adult no longer meets the requirements for continued assistance, if the Department has agreed to extend guardianship assistance under OAR 413-070-0917(3); or

(e) Determines that the guardian has not complied with the requirements of the guardianship assistance agreement.

(2) Department review of a guardianship assistance agreement may result in a renegotiation, suspension, adjustment, or termination of the guardianship assistance agreement or guardianship assistance payments.

(3) Guardianship assistance may be adjusted at any time by mutual agreement between the guardian and the Department.

(4) When there is an across-the-board reduction or increase in the level of care payment, the child or young adult would be eligible to receive if the child or young adult were in foster care, as determined by OAR 413-090-0010(2)(g), the Department may, after a case-by-case review and without concurrence of the guardian, reduce or increase the monthly guardianship assistance level of care payment under 413-070-0939(7) to the amount the child or young adult would be eligible to receive if in foster care.

(5) When there is an across-the-board reduction or increase in the base rate payment the child or young adult would be eligible to receive if the child or young adult were in foster care, as determined by OAR 413-090-0010(1)(b), the Department may, after a case-by-case review and without the concurrence of the guardian, adjust the guardianship assistance base rate payment as follows:

(a) When the guardianship assistance base rate payment exceeds the new foster care base rate payment, the Department may reduce the guardianship assistance base rate payment to the amount of the new foster care base rate payment.

(b) When the foster care base rate payment increases, the Department, considering the needs of the child or young adult and the circumstances of the guardian, may increase the guardianship assistance base rate payment to an amount that does not exceed the new foster care base rate payment.

(6) If, upon review under section (1) of this rule or an adjustment under section (4) of this rule, the Department intends to adjust guardianship assistance without the concurrence of the guardian, the Department will provide the guardian and the child or young adult with written notice. In the case of a decrease in guardianship assistance, the Department will provide the notice at least 10 days prior to the date the Department intends to make the change.

(7) Unless terminated under sections (8) or (9) of this rule, the guardianship assistance agreement and the Department’s obligation to provide guardianship assistance expires automatically on the date any of the following events occur:

(a) When the child:

(A) Reaches the age of 18 or, when an extension has been granted under OAR 413-070-0917(3), under the age of 21 as documented in the guardianship assistance agreement;

(B) Is emancipated;

(C) Dies;

(D) Marries;

(E) Is adopted; or

(F) No longer meets the requirements for continued guardianship assistance if the Department has agreed to continue guardianship assistance under OAR 413-070-0917(3).

(b) A guardian dies, or if more than one guardian, both die.

(c) The court:

(A) Vacates the guardianship order or otherwise terminates the guardianship;

(B) Terminates wardship over the child or young adult, unless the guardianship is a tribal court guardianship and the guardianship remains in effect under tribal law; or

(C) Appoints another individual as guardian of the child or young adult.

(8) Guardianship assistance may be suspended at any time by mutual agreement between the Department and the guardian.

(9) After a review and on a case-by-case basis, the Department may terminate a guardianship assistance agreement upon ten days written notice to the potential guardian or guardian when the Department determines that:

(a) The potential guardian or guardian is no longer responsible for the child or young adult;

(b) The potential guardian or guardian is no longer providing support to the child or young adult;

(c) The child or young adult is no longer eligible for guardianship assistance or is eligible for guardianship assistance in a different amount.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 18-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-14-99 thru 3-12-00; SOSCF 7-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-10-00; SOSCF 43-2001, f. 12-31-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; CWP 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-9-03; CWP 26-2003, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-03; CWP 8-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 7-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 9-27-09; CWP 12-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-28-09; Renumbered from 413-070-0940, CWP 18-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-16-09 thru 6-14-10; CWP 1-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10 thru 6-14-10; CWP 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-10; CWP 11-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 24-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 25-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 413-130-0055

Rules Amended: 413-130-0010, 413-130-0020, 413-130-0040, 413-130-0050, 413-130-0070, 413-130-0075, 413-130-0077, 413-130-0080, 413-130-0090, 413-130-0100, 413-130-0110, 413-130-0125, 413-130-0130

Rules Suspended: 413-130-0010(T), 413-130-0020(T), 413-130-0040(T), 413-130-0050(T), 413-130-0055(T), 413-130-0070(T), 413-130-0075(T), 413-130-0077(T), 413-130-0080(T), 413-130-0090(T), 413-130-0100(T), 413-130-0110(T), 413-130-0125(T), 413-130-0130(T)

Subject: OAR 413-130-0020 about special needs determination for adoption assistance eligibility, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to clarify the requirements the Department needs in order to determine that a child meets the federal guidelines for “special needs”.

      OAR 413-130-0050 about the adoption assistance application process, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to indicate when extenuating circumstances can delay the negotiation of an adoption assistance agreement.

      OAR 413-130-0055 about the extension of adoption assistance for a young adult, which was adopted by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being amended to clarify the conditions under which a child who is turning 18 may be eligible to extend adoption assistance. This amendment also explains explain how a child with a disability may qualify for an extension of adoption assistance.

      OAR 413-130-0125 about adjustments of adoption assistance, which was amended by temporary rule on June 30, 2011, is being further amended to restate how an adoption assistance payment may be modified by an across-the-board increase or reduction.

      OAR 413-130-0010 to 413-130-0130 about adoption assistance are also being amended to clarify the rules, for internal consistency, accurate cross-references, and to reflect current Department terminology, policy and practice.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-130-0010

Definitions

The following definitions apply to OAR 413-130-0000 to 413-130-0130:

(1) “Adoption assistance” means assistance provided on behalf of an eligible child or young adult to offset the costs associated with adopting and meeting the on-going needs of the child or young adult. Adoption assistance may be in the form of payments, medical coverage, reimbursement of nonrecurring expenses, or special payments.

(2) “Adoption assistance agreement” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family of an eligible child or young adult, setting forth the assistance the Department is to provide on behalf of the child or young adult, the responsibilities of the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the Department, and the manner in which the agreement and amount of assistance may be modified or terminated.

(3) “Adoption assistance agreement only” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family of an eligible child or young adult, when the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family is not receiving an adoption assistance payment or medical coverage at the time of the agreement but may request it at a later date.

(4) “Adoption assistance base rate” means the portion of the adoption assistance payment that is negotiated with a pre-adoptive family or an adoptive family and cannot exceed the amount of the Oregon foster care base rate payment for the child’s or young adult’s age.

(5) “Adoption assistance payment” means a monthly payment made by the Department to the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family on behalf of an eligible child or young adult.

(6) “Adoption Assistance Review Committee” means a committee composed of local and central office staff with expertise in the area of adoption.

(7) “Adoptive family” means an individual or individuals who have legalized a parental relationship to the child who joined the family through a judgment of the court.

(8) “Applicable child” has the same meaning as in OAR 413-100-0335.

(9) “Base rate payment means a payment to the foster parent or relative caregiver for the costs of providing the child or young adult with the following:

(a) Food — including the cost to cover a child’s or young adult’s special or unique nutritional needs;

(b) Clothing — including purchase and replacement;

(c) Housing — including maintenance of household utilities, furnishings, and equipment;

(d) Daily supervision — including teaching and directing to ensure safety and well-being at a level which is appropriate based on the child’s or young adult’s chronological age;

(e) Personal incidentals — including personal care items, entertainment, reading materials, and miscellaneous items; and

(f) The cost of providing transportation — including local travel associated with expenditure for gas and oil, and vehicle maintenance and repair associated with transportation to and from extracurricular, child care, recreational, and cultural activities.

(10) “CANS screening” means Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength screening, a process of gathering information on a child’s or young adult’s needs and strengths used for one or more of the following purposes:

(a) Identifying case planning, service planning, and supervision needs of the child or young adult in substitute care with a certified family; and

(b) Determining the level of care payment while in substitute care with a certified family; and

(c) Determining the level of care payment included in an adoption assistance agreement or guardianship assistance agreement.

(11) “Child” means a person under 18 years of age.

(12) “Department” means the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare.

(13) “Enhanced supervision means the additional support, direction, observation, and guidance necessary to promote and ensure the safety and well-being of a child or young adult when the child or young adult qualifies for a level of care payment.

(14) “Legally free” means that, with respect to a child, the legal rights of all parents with legal standing have been judicially terminated, voluntarily relinquished, or otherwise terminated by operation of law, thus allowing for the child to be adopted.

(15) “Level of care payment” means the payment provided to an approved or certified family, a guardian, a pre-adoptive family, or an adoptive family based on the child’s or young adult’s need for enhanced supervision as determined by applying the CANS algorithm to the results of the CANS screening.

(16) “Licensed adoption agency means an adoption agency licensed by the state of Oregon to place children for adoption, or an adoption agency that holds a license from another state and is authorized under the laws of that state to place children for adoption.

(17) “Nonrecurring adoption assistance agreement” means a written agreement, binding on the parties to the agreement, between the Department and the pre-adoptive family of an eligible child for a one-time payment to reimburse the adoptive family for the reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in legally finalizing the adoption of a child who has been determined to have special needs.

(18) “Nonrecurring expenses” mean a one-time payment up to $1,500 per child, which the Department will pay to an adoptive family to assist with the reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in legally finalizing the adoption of an eligible child.

(19) “Parent” means the biological or adoptive mother or the legal father of the child. A legal father is a man who has adopted the child or whose paternity has been established or declared under ORS 109.070, 416.400 to 416.465, or by a juvenile court. In cases involving an Indian child under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a legal father includes a man who is a father under applicable tribal law. “Parent” also includes a putative father who has demonstrated a direct and significant commitment to the child by assuming or attempting to assume responsibilities normally associated with parenthood unless a court finds that the putative father is not the legal father.

(20) “Participating tribe” means a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon with a Title IV-E agreement with the Department.

(21) “Pre-adoptive family” means an individual or individuals who:

(a) Has been selected to be the child’s adoptive family; and

(b) Is in the process of legalizing the relationship to the child through the judgment of the court.

(22) “Qualified alien” has the same meaning as in OAR 413-100-0210(2) and 8 USC 1641(b).

(23) “Qualified vendor attorney” means an attorney who has a price agreement with the Department to process the adoption of a child who is eligible for adoption assistance.

(24) “Sibling” means one of two or more children or young adults related:

(a) By blood or adoption through a common legal parent;

(b) Through the marriage of the legal or biological parents of the children or young adults; or

(c) Through a legal or biological parent who is the registered domestic partner of the legal or biological parent of the children or young adults.

(25) “Special payment” means a payment for unanticipated short-term costs which are directly related to the special needs of the child or young adult or are essential to the welfare of the child or young adult, and are not covered by another resource available to the adoptive family.

(26) “Substitute care means the out-of-home placement of a child or young adult who is in the legal or physical custody and care of the Department.

(27) “Young adult” means a person aged 18 through 20 years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 23-2005(Temp), f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; CWP 16-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0020

Special Needs Determination for Adoption Assistance Eligibility

(1) In order to be eligible for adoption assistance, funded through either federal or state funds, a child must be determined to have special needs.

(2) The Department must make the determination that the child has special needs under each of the following subsections:

(a) The child cannot or should not be returned to the home of his or her parent or parents. This decision is based on one of the following paragraphs:

(A) An order from a court of competent jurisdiction terminating parental rights.

(B) The existence of a petition for termination of parental rights.

(C) A voluntary relinquishment of parental rights for a child under the jurisdiction of the court, in the custody of the Department, or in a subsequent adoption when there was an adoption assistance agreement in place during the prior adoption.

(D) A voluntary relinquishment of parental rights and a judicial determination that remaining in the home of a specified relative as defined in Child Welfare Policy I-E.6.1, “Title IV-E Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, and Guardianship Assistance Eligibility”, OAR 413-100-0020 would be contrary to the child. The request for the judicial determination must be filed within six months of the time the child last lived with the specified relative.

(E) For a child who can be adopted in accordance with state or tribal law without a termination of parental rights or voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, the valid reason why the child cannot or should not be returned to the home of his or her parents; or

(F) In the case of an orphan, verification of the death of the parent or parents.

(b) The child has at least one of the following factors or conditions that make adoptive placement difficult to achieve:

(A) A documented medical, physical, mental, emotional condition or other clinically diagnosed disability, or a documented history of abuse or neglect or other identified predisposing factor that places the child at significant risk for future problems that need treatment;

(B) Is a member of a sibling group which will be placed together and is difficult to place because there are three or more children, or if in a sibling group of two, at least one of the children is six years of age or older;

(C) Is a member of an ethnic, racial, or cultural minority (such as African American, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, or Pacific Islander); or

(D) Is eight years of age or older.

(3) A reasonable but unsuccessful effort to place the child with an appropriate adoptive family for adoption without adoption assistance has been made, unless such an effort is not in the best interest of the child for reasons including placement with a relative or another person with whom the child has an established significant relationship.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SCF 6-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-17-96; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0040

Eligibility for Adoption Assistance Payments

(1) In determining eligibility for an adoption assistance payment, the Department may not impose an income eligibility requirement for the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family.

(2) To be eligible for a Title IV-E funded adoption assistance payment, a child must meet all of the following requirements.

(a) Be a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien as described in OAR 413-100-0210(2) and in 8 USC 1641(b) or (c).

(b) When the child is a qualified alien and is placed with a pre-adoptive parent who is an unqualified alien, the child must meet the five year residency requirement set forth in The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193.

(c) Be determined eligible for Title IV-E adoption assistance under OAR 413-100-0335.

(3) A licensed adoption agency, participating tribe, or another individual applying to receive adoption assistance on behalf of a child determined to have special needs must make all requested efforts to assist the Department in establishing Title IV-E eligibility.

(4) Except as provided in section (5) of this rule, a child determined to be ineligible for a Title IV-E adoption assistance payment is eligible for a state-funded adoption assistance payment when the child meets all of the following criteria.

(a) Is in the legal custody of:

(A) The Department;

(B) A participating tribe; or

(C) A licensed adoption agency and the child is placed with a family residing in Oregon.

(b) Is not eligible for or receiving adoption assistance for the same child through another state.

(c) Is determined to have special needs in accordance with OAR 413-130-0020.

(d) Meets the requirements in section (6) of this rule.

(5) A child relinquished by a parent directly to a family residing in Oregon who is not eligible for a Title IV-E funded adoption assistance payment is only eligible for a state funded adoption assistance payment when:

(a) A state funded adoption assistance agreement was previously in effect on behalf of the child;

(b) The pre-adoptive family or adoptive family is not eligible for or receiving adoption assistance for the same child through another state.

(c) The child is in a subsequent adoption; and

(d) The child meets the requirements in section (6) of this rule.

(6) In addition to the eligibility requirements in section (4) or (5) of this rule, a child must also be a citizen of the United States to receive a state funded adoption assistance payment when the child is being brought into the United States for the purpose of adoption or being placed outside of the United States, or a territory or possession thereof.

(7) When an adopted child becomes legally free for re-adoption due to the voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, the termination of the rights of the legal parent or parents, or the death of the legal parent or parents:

(a) The child must be determined to have special needs under OAR 413-130-0020 at the time the child again becomes available for adoption; and

(b) The determination of funding eligibility of the adopted child for adoption assistance remains as it was the last time the child was determined eligible for adoption assistance.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 11-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-3-99 thru 11-30-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0050

Adoption Assistance Application Requirements and Responsibilities

(1) A licensed adoption agency recommending adoption assistance for a pre-adoptive family must verify and document that recruitment efforts under OAR 413-130-0020(2)(c) were made for the child.

(2) A pre-adoptive family under OAR 413-130-0040(5) may contact the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit for help in submitting a written adoption assistance application directly to the Department.

(3) A pre-adoptive family of a child in the custody of the Department must notify the Department in writing if they choose not to accept any form of adoption assistance.

(4) An adoption assistance application is considered complete when the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit has received a signed adoption assistance application form and all supporting documentation.

(5) Except as described in subsection (a) to (c) of this section, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit must begin negotiation of the adoption assistance agreement no later than 60 days after receipt of a completed adoption assistance application submitted for a legally free child in the home of an approved pre-adoptive family.

(a) The Department may delay negotiation of the adoption assistance base rate for a completed application when the child is due for an updated CANS screening, a new CANS screening is warranted, or a CANS screening is in process or completed but a decision is pending regarding the level of care payment.

(b) The Department may delay negotiation following a request by the caseworker, the pre-adoptive family, or adoptive family when there are extenuating circumstances regarding the child or family.

(c) When negotiation is delayed under subsections (a) or (b) of this section, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit must begin negotiation of the adoption assistance base rate no later than 30 days from receipt of the final decision regarding the level of care payment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0055

Extension of Adoption Assistance for a Young Adult

(1) The Department may approve an extension of an adoption assistance agreement for an individual under the age of 21 when the individual reaches the age of 18 on or after October 1, 2011 and meets subsection (a) or (b) of this section.

(a) An initial adoption assistance agreement was entered into on behalf of a child, and at the time of his or her 18th birthday, he or she:

(A) Qualifies as an individual with a developmental disability as determined by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services;

(B) If living in a state other than Oregon, qualifies as an individual with a developmental disability as determined by the equivalent developmental disability program in that state; or

(C) Qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as determined by the Social Security Administration.

(b) An initial adoption assistance agreement was entered into on behalf of a child who is age 16 or 17, and upon reaching the age of 18, he or she is:

(A) Completing secondary school (or equivalent);

(B) Enrolled in post-secondary or vocational school;

(C) Participating in a program or activity that promotes or removes barriers to employment;

(D) Employed for at least 80 hours a month; or

(E) Determined incapable of any of the above due to a documented medical condition, physical disability, or mental disability.

(2) In order for the extension of adoption assistance as described in subsection (1)(a) of this rule to continue on behalf of a young adult, the adoptive family must submit to the Department, upon request and before the child’s 18th birthday, documentation from the agency making the determination described in paragraphs (1)(a)(A) through (C) of this rule.

(3) If an individual does not meet the requirements under subsection (1)(a) of this rule or the adoptive family does not submit the documentation before the individual’s 18th birthday as required in section (2) of this rule, the Department may not approve an extension of an adoption assistance agreement.

(4) An extension of adoption assistance approved pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this rule will continue until the young adult turns 21 years old.

(5) In order for the extension of adoption assistance as described in subsection (1)(b) of this rule to continue on behalf of a young adult, the adoptive family must submit to the Department, upon request:

(a) Proof that the young adult continues to be enrolled in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational school, or a program or activity that promotes or removes barriers to employment;

(b) Proof that the young adult is employed for at least 80 hours a month; or

(c) Verification from a medical or mental health professional that the young adult is incapable of attending school or obtaining employment due to a medical condition.

(6) The Department will review the young adult’s eligibility for continued adoption assistance when an extension of adoption assistance has been granted under subsection (1)(b) of this rule:

(a) At least annually; or

(b) When information is received that indicates the young adult may no longer be eligible for adoption assistance or may be eligible for adoption assistance in a different amount.

(7) The adoptive family must notify the Department, orally or in writing, of any changes in circumstances that may make the young adult:

(a) Ineligible for adoption assistance; or

(b) Eligible for adoption assistance in a different amount.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0070

Negotiation and Determination of the Monthly Adoption Assistance Payment

(1) When adoption assistance is not provided, a pre-adoptive family or adoptive family may enter into an adoption assistance agreement only.

(2) The monthly adoption assistance payment may not exceed the total of:

(a) The adoption assistance base rate; and

(b) When applicable, the level of care payment determined by the CANS screening conducted under OAR 413-020-0230.

(3) The monthly adoption assistance base rate:

(a) Is determined through discussion and negotiation between the Department and the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family.

(b) May not exceed the current foster care base rate payment the child or young adult would be eligible to receive in foster care under OAR 413-090-0010(1)(b).

(c) Is negotiated between the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the Department, taking into consideration relevant factors which include, but are not limited to:

(A) The ordinary and special needs of the child or young adult;

(B) The services and goods required to meet the needs of the child or young adult;

(C) The cost of the services and goods required to meet the needs of the child or young adult;

(D) The circumstances of the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and their ability to provide the required services and goods for the child or young adult; and

(E) The resources available to the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family such as medical coverage, private health insurance, public education, other income sources and community resources.

(4) When, during negotiation of the adoption assistance base rate, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator and the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family are unable to reach agreement, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator or the family may request a review by the Adoption Assistance Review Committee. When a review is requested:

(a) An Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must:

(A) Prepare documentation for the scheduled Adoption Assistance Review Committee;

(B) Notify the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the assigned caseworkers of the date of the committee; and

(C) Attend and participate in the Adoption Assistance Review Committee.

(b) The pre-adoptive family or adoptive family may provide written documentation to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator for the review and consideration by the Adoption Assistance Review Committee.

(c) The caseworker for the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the caseworker for the child or young adult may participate in an Adoption Assistance Review Committee meeting and may present information and respond to questions. The caseworkers may not participate in the deliberations of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee.

(d) The Adoption Assistance Review Committee members must:

(A) Consider written documentation provided by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family, the caseworker for the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family, the caseworker for the child or young adult, and the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator.

(B) Review materials submitted to the Adoption Assistance Review Committee, deliberate, and make a recommendation regarding the adoption assistance base rate.

(e) At the conclusion of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must:

(A) Document the recommendation of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee; and

(B) Submit the recommendation to the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee within one business day of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee meeting.

(f) The Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee must:

(A) Attend the Adoption Assistance Review Committee and may ask clarifying questions, but does not participate in the deliberation or recommendation of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee; and

(B) Make a decision and provide written notification of the decision regarding the adoption assistance base rate to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator within one business day of the Adoption Assistance Review Committee meeting.

(g) The Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must notify the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family of the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee’s decision, including a written notice, within ten business days of the decision.

(5) A pre-adoptive family or adoptive family unsatisfied with the adoption assistance base rate decision of the Assistant Adoption Program Manager or designee under paragraph (4)(f)(B) of this rule may submit a written request for a review of the decision by the Adoption Program Manager or designee within 14 days of the date of the written notice in subsection (4)(g) of this rule.

(6) The Adoption Program Manager or designee must complete each of the following actions.

(a) Review and consider:

(A) The materials submitted to the Adoption Assistance Review Committee;

(B) The recommendation of the committee;

(C) The decision made by the Assistance Adoption Program Manager or designee following the committee recommendation; and

(D) The information presented by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family in the request submitted under section (5) of this rule.

(b) Make a decision within 60 days of the date of the request for review.

(c) Provide written notification to the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator within ten business days of the decision in subsection (b) of this section.

(7) The monthly level of care payment:

(a) Is determined based on the results of a CANS screening conducted under OAR 413-020-0230;

(b) May not exceed the amount of the level of care payment set forth in OAR 413-090-0010(2)(g); and

(c) Is included in the adoption assistance payment when the child or young adult qualifies for a level of care payment and when requested by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family.

(8) When a pre-adoptive family or adoptive family is unsatisfied with the final adoption assistance offer from the Department, consisting of the adoption assistance base rate and, when applicable, a level of care payment, the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family has the right to a contested case hearing under Child Welfare Policy I-A.5.2, “Contested Case Hearings”, OAR 413-010-0500 to 413-010-0535.

(9) An initial adoption assistance payment begins on a date determined by the Department when all of the following criteria are met:

(a) The child is legally free for adoption;

(b) Unless the child is in the custody of a pre-adoptive family eligible to apply for adoption assistance under OAR 413-130-0040(5) or the Department has approved an adoptive family to apply for adoption assistance under OAR 413-130-0130, the Department, participating tribe, or licensed adoption agency has approved the pre-adoptive family as the adoptive placement; and

(c) An adoption assistance agreement has been signed by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and by the Department representative.

(10) An adoption assistance payment is issued at the end of each month of eligibility.

(11) An adoption assistance payment made to a pre-adoptive family or an adoptive family by the Department is inalienable by any assignment or transfer and exempt from garnishment, levy, or execution under the laws of this state.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005 & 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 23-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0075

Renegotiation of an Adoption Assistance Payment

(1) The Department, pre-adoptive family, or adoptive family may request renegotiation of an adoption assistance agreement. When the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family has previously signed an adoption assistance agreement only and requests adoption assistance at a later date, it is considered a renegotiation.

(2) A request for renegotiation of the adoption assistance agreement made by a pre-adoptive family or adoptive family must:

(a) Be in writing in a format provided by the Department to the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family;

(b) Document changes in the circumstances of the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family, when applicable;

(c) Document the needs of the child or young adult;

(d) Provide information about the financial expenses of the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family in meeting the needs of the child or young adult; and

(e) Provide additional documentation of the child’s or young adult’s current behaviors when the child or young adult meets the eligibility requirements for consideration of a level of care payment under OAR 413-020-0230 and the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family is requesting a level of care payment.

(3) Renegotiation of the adoption assistance base rate will be conducted using the negotiation process described in OAR 413-130-0070(2)–(8).

(4) A new adoption assistance agreement must be signed by all parties each time adoption assistance payment changes as a result of renegotiation.

(5) The Department may authorize a renegotiated adoption assistance payment increase or decrease for the period commencing the first day of the month in which the Department receives the documentation required to complete the requested renegotiation, or another date agreed upon by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family and the Department.

(6) The Department may approve up to twelve months of retroactive payments unless a contested case hearing was requested and a subsequent decision necessitates a payment of more than twelve months. The decision includes any decision by the Department, including:

(a) A final order;

(b) A stipulated final order;

(c) A settlement agreement; or

(d) Any other agreement resulting in withdrawal of the contested case.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0077

Eligibility for Nonrecurring Expenses

(1) Except as provided in section (2) of this rule, a pre-adoptive family is eligible for reimbursement of nonrecurring expenses through Title IV-E funding on behalf of a child determined to have special needs under OAR 413-130-0020 when the child is in the custody of:

(a) The Department, a participating tribe, a licensed adoption agency; or

(b) An Oregon family following a relinquishment of parental rights by the legal parent directly to the Oregon family.

(2) For applications received on or after October 1, 2010, reimbursement for nonrecurring expenses is prohibited on behalf of an applicable child who:

(a) Is not a citizen or resident of the United States; and

(b) Was either adopted outside the United States or was brought to the United States for the purpose of being adopted.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11, Renumbered from 413-130-0030; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0080

Payment for Nonrecurring Expenses

(1) An agreement, indicating the nature and amount of nonrecurring expenses, must be signed prior to the final judgment of adoption. Payment for nonrecurring expenses is made when the Department receives the final judgment of adoption.

(2) The Department will reimburse an adoptive family up to $1,500 for each eligible child for approved nonrecurring expenses, including but not limited to:

(a) The cost of a home study;

(b) Court costs;

(c) Legal fees, as authorized by the Department;

(d) Physical and psychological examinations required for the adoption; and

(e) Travel to visit with the adoptive child prior to the placement.

(3) The Department will consider requests for nonrecurring expenses that:

(a) Are submitted with written documentation to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit;

(b) Are not in violation of state or federal law; and

(c) Do not duplicate expenses covered by:

(A) The Interstate Compact for Placement of Children;

(B) A Department contract with a licensed adoption agency; or

(C) Another resource available to the adoptive family.

(4) When a pre-adoptive family indicates that they will be using a qualified vendor attorney, the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit must send the pre-adoptive family a list of qualified vendor attorneys.

(5) The pre-adoptive family may select and contact an attorney from the list of qualified vendor attorneys, in which case the pre-adoptive family must:

(a) Sign the legal fees agreement; and

(b) Send the legal fees agreement to the attorney, who will sign it and return it to the Department for payment after the judgment of adoption is received.

(6) The pre-adoptive family may privately retain an attorney, in which case:

(a) The adoptive family is responsible for paying the attorney; and

(b) The Department will reimburse the adoptive family reasonable charges equal to the amount allowed for a qualified vendor attorney unless the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator has determined that a higher amount may be considered due to extraordinary circumstances.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 23-2005(Temp), f. 12-30-05, cert. ef. 1-1-06; CWP 16-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0090

Special Payments

(1) A request for a special payment:

(a) May be made after finalization of the adoption by an adoptive family who has an existing adoption assistance agreement with the Department; and

(b) Must include documentation from the adoptive family when requested by the Department.

(2) The Department may authorize a special payment for a limited duration, on a case-by-case basis, subject to the availability of resources.

(3) An approved special payment may only be issued to the adoptive family.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SCF 6-1996, f. & cert. ef. 9-17-96; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0100

Medical Assistance

(1) A child or young adult who is the subject of an adoption assistance agreement funded by Title IV-E funds is categorically eligible for medical assistance through Title XIX and eligible for social services through Title XX.

(2) A child or young adult who is the subject of an adoption assistance agreement funded with state general funds is eligible for medical assistance under Child Welfare Policy I-E.6.2, “Title XIX and General Assistance Medical Eligibility”, OAR 413-100-0400 to 413-100-0610 when:

(a) The child or young adult resides in Oregon; or

(b) The child or young adult resides outside of Oregon but in the United States or a territory or possession thereof and is not able to obtain medical assistance in his or her place of residence.

(3) When the adoptive child or young adult resides outside of Oregon, the Department provides the necessary documentation to the state of residence of the child or young adult through the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA) to assist the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family in obtaining medical assistance for the child or young adult.

(4) Medical assistance is not provided for a child or young adult who resides outside of the United States, a territory or possession thereof.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-1

413-130-0110

Administration of Approved Adoption Assistance

(1) Except as provided in OAR 431-130-0130, in order for the Department to provide adoption assistance on behalf of an eligible child:

(a) An adoption assistance agreement must be signed by each individual who is a party to the agreement and a Department representative; and

(b) The adoption assistance agreement must be in effect before the judgment of adoption.

(2) An adoption assistance agreement must include each of the following:

(a) A statement indicating that an adoption assistance agreement remains in effect regardless of the state or residency of the pre-adoptive family or the adoptive family and the child.

(b) An effective date which:

(A) Must be after the completion of a signed adoption assistance application; and

(B) Except as provided in OAR 413-120-0130, must be before the date of the judgment of adoption.

(c) Information identifying the eligibility of the child or young adult to receive medical assistance and specifying the eligibility of the child or young adult for Title XIX and XX.

(d) Information that ORS 192.520 allows the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and OHP managed care plans to exchange the following protected health information without authorization from the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family for the purpose of treatment activities related to behavioral or physical health of the child or young adult when the child or young adult is the recipient of OHP services:

(A) The name and Medicaid recipient number for the child or young adult;

(B) The hospital or medical provider for the child or young adult;

(C) The hospital or medical provider’s Medicaid number;

(D) Each diagnosis for the child or young adult;

(E) Each treatment activity’s date of service;

(F) Each treatment activity’s procedure or revenue code;

(G) The quantity of units or services provided; and

(H) Information about medication prescription and monitoring.

(e) Specification of the amount and nature of all adoption assistance to be provided.

(f) A statement informing the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family of the right to a contested case hearing under Child Welfare Policy I-A.5.2, “Contested Case Hearings”, OAR 413-010-0500 to 413-010-0535.

(3) The Department remains financially responsible for providing the services specified in the adoption assistance agreement if the needed service is not available in the new state or service area of residence, except as described in OAR 413-130-0100(4).

(4) The foster care base rate payment, level of care payment, any level of personal care payment, and medical coverage end when adoption assistance begins. Medical assistance, as determined by the child’s eligibility, may continue when requested by the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family.

(5) The Department may require documentation from the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family verifying that the child:

(a) Is enrolled in an elementary or secondary school as determined by the law of the state of residence;

(b) Is home schooled in accordance with the law of the state of residence;

(c) Is enrolled in an independent study program in accordance with the law of the state of residence;

(d) Has completed secondary school; or

(e) Is incapable of attending school due to a documented medical condition, mental disability, or physical disability.

(6) A pre-adoptive family or adoptive family must immediately inform the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit of a change in circumstances that may make them ineligible for adoption assistance or eligible for an adoption assistance payment in a different amount.

(7) An individual who is a party to an adoption assistance agreement may request a change of payee due to a divorce, legal separation, or other judicially recognized modification of custody.

(a) The requesting individual must provide the Department with the current address and telephone number of the current payee.

(b) The Department must notify the current payee that there has been a request to change the payee within 30 days of receipt of a request for a change of payee.

(c) Unless the current payee submits a challenge to the request to change payee within 30 days of the date the Department sends the notice in subsection (b) of this section, the request to change payee will be approved.

(d) If the change of payee is challenged, the Department requires legal documentation describing physical custody of the child to make a change in payee.

(e) The new payee must be one of the parties to the adoption assistance agreement.

(8) Overpayment.

(a) If the Department issues an adoption assistance payment on behalf of a child or young adult after the date the adoption assistance agreement automatically expires, the Department may seek reimbursement of the overpayment and the pre-adoptive family or the adoptive family must repay the Department.

(b) If the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family fails to comply with any provisions of the adoption assistance agreement, including failing to notify the Department of any of the events or circumstances described in section (6) of this rule, the Department may collect any adoption assistance payment or medical assistance which the Department would not have provided had the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family complied with the provisions of the adoption assistance agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef 5-17-99; SOSCF 11-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-3-99 thru 11-30-99; SOSCF 22-1999, f. & cert. ef. 11-24-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2006, f. 6-30-06, cert. ef. 7-1-06; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0125

Adjustments of Adoption Assistance

(1) The Department may request updated information from the pre-adoptive family or the adoptive family when the Department becomes aware of a change in circumstances that may make the pre-adoptive family or the adoptive family ineligible for adoption assistance or eligible for adoption assistance in a different amount.

(2) When the adoptive family divorces, legally separates, or is party to a judicially recognized modification of custody, the Department may request updated information, including financial information, to reflect the change in family circumstances.

(3) When there is an across-the-board reduction or increase in the base rate payment or level of care payment, the Department, following a case-by-case review, based on the specific needs of the child or young adult and without concurrence of the adoptive family, may adjust the adoption assistance payment to an amount that does not exceed the new foster care payment the child or young adult would receive if currently in foster care. In the case of a reduction, only those payments that exceed the amount the child or young adult would be eligible for if currently in foster care would be reduced, and the reduction would only be to the amount that the child or young adult would be eligible to receive if currently in foster care.

(4) The Department, with the concurrence of the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family, may adjust or suspend the adoption assistance payment to reflect a change in the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family’s circumstances or expenses on behalf of the child or young adult.

(5) The Department will terminate the adoption assistance agreement upon ten days written notice to the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family when it becomes known to the Department that the pre-adoptive family or adoptive family is no longer providing any support to the child or young adult or is no longer legally responsible for the support of the child or young adult, including under the following circumstances:

(a) When the parental rights of the adoptive family have been terminated or relinquished.

(b) When the child becomes an emancipated minor.

(c) When the child or young adult:

(A) Marries.

(B) Enlists in the military.

(C) Dies.

(d) When the young adult no longer meets the eligibility requirements in 413-130-0055.

(6) The adoption assistance agreement automatically expires when the child reaches the age of 18 or, when an extension has been granted under OAR 413-130-0055, no later than when the young adult reaches the age of 21 as documented in the adoption assistance agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: CWP 16-2003, f. 1-21-03, cert. ef. 2-1-03; CWP 38-2003(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-19-03 thru 5-17-04; CWP 4-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-04; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

413-130-0130

Post Judgment of Adoption Applications for Adoption Assistance

(1) An adoptive family asking to apply for adoption assistance after the judgment of adoption must submit a written request to the Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Unit, 500 Summer Street NE, E-71, Salem, Oregon 97301, based on one or more of the following extenuating circumstances:

(a) Relevant facts regarding the child, the biological family, or background of the child were known, but not shared with the adoptive family prior to legal finalization of the adoption;

(b) Adoption assistance was denied based on an assessment of the financial need of the adoptive family;

(c) The Department determined the child was ineligible for adoption assistance, but information becomes known which indicates a review of the determination is appropriate; or

(d) The Department failed to advise the adoptive family of a special needs child of the availability of adoption assistance.

(2) Upon receipt of the written request, the Department must determine, within 30 days, whether the child meets Title IV E eligibility requirements.

(3) The Department or adoptive family may seek historic information regarding the child to determine eligibility for adoption assistance through a:

(a) Request to the adoption registry as provided by ORS 109.425 through 109.507; or

(b) Court order to review the sealed adoption file.

(4) When a child is Title IV-E eligible, a decision is made through a contested case hearing on whether the adoptive family may apply for adoption assistance after the judgment of adoption based on the extenuating circumstances in section (1) of this rule:

(a) The Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must write a summary of the situation and submit a hearing referral and supporting documentation to the Office of Administrative Hearings within 45 days of receipt of the request in section (1) of this rule.

(b) An adoptive family has the burden of proof to show that extenuating circumstances exist. The Department may provide corroborating facts to both the adoptive family and the administrative law judge.

(c) The contested case hearing is conducted under Child Welfare Policy I-A.5.2, “Contested Case Hearings”, OAR 413-010-0500 to 413-010-0535.

(5) When a child does not meet Title IV E eligibility requirements, the Adoption Program Manager determines if extenuating circumstances under section (1) of this rule exist that justify accepting an adoption assistance application from the adoptive family.

(a) The Adoption Assistance and Guardianship Assistance Coordinator must prepare information for review by the Adoption Program Manager including information submitted by both the adoptive family and Department records.

(b) A written finding will be sent to the adoptive family within 60 days of the receipt of the request for review.

(c) When the Adoption Program Manager finds that extenuating circumstances do not exist, the adoptive family may request a contested case hearing under Child Welfare Policy I-A.5.2, “Contested Case Hearings”, OAR 413-010-0500 to 413-010-0535.

(A) The administrative law judge in the contested case hearing reviews whether the adoptive family may submit an application for adoption assistance.

(B) The approval of the adoption assistance application is a separate determination made by the Department.

(6) When the decision, through a contested case hearing or Adoption Program Manager review, is that the adoptive family is eligible to apply for adoption assistance on behalf of the child, an adoption assistance application may be signed, effective the date of the written request described in section (1) of this rule. The process for application in OAR 413-130-0050 and negotiation in 413-130-0070 apply.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005, 418.340

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005, 418.330, 418.335 & 418.340

Hist.: SCF 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-95; SCF 6-1995, f. 12-22-95, cert. ef. 12-29-95; SOSCF 8-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-17-99; SOSCF 7-2002, f. 3-28-02, cert. ef. 4-1-02; CWP 16-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-08; CWP 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-09 thru 12-28-09; CWP 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-09; CWP 16-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-30-11 thru 12-27-11; CWP 25-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, & cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 12-27-11

 

Rule Caption: Changing OARs affecting Child Welfare programs.

Adm. Order No.: CWP 26-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-5-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 413-010-0705, 413-010-0710, 413-010-0712, 413-010-0720, 413-010-0722, 413-010-0723, 413-010-0732, 413-010-0735, 413-010-0738, 413-010-0740, 413-010-0743, 413-010-0745, 413-010-0746, 413-010-0748, 413-010-0750

Subject: The Department is amending OAR 413-010-0705, 413-010-0710, 413-010-0712, 413-010-0720, 413-010-0722, 413-010-0723, 413-010-0732, 413-010-0735, 413-010-0738, 413-010-0740, 413-010-0743, 413-010-0745, 413-010-0746, 413-010-0748, and 413-010-0750 about notice and review of founded dispositions in child protective services to transfer the decision making authority of founded disposition review committees from the committee to a designated individual. These rules are also being amended to assure their accuracy, integrity, internal consistency, and to remove outdated language.

Rules Coordinator: Annette Tesch—(503) 945-6067

413-010-0705

Definitions

For the purposes of OAR 413-010-0700 to 413-010-0750, the following terms have these meanings:

(1) A “Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review” is a process wherein a Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee reviews a founded disposition, makes recommendations to a Child Welfare Program Manager or designee, and the Child Welfare Program Manager or designee makes a decision to uphold, overturn, or change the abuse type of the founded disposition.

(2) A “Local Child Welfare Office Review Committee” is a group of three child welfare employees. One of the members must be a Manager and one must be staff trained in CPS assessment and dispositions. No one may serve on the Local Child Welfare Office Review Committee in the review of an assessment in which he or she was involved. Further requirements of the Local Child Welfare Office Review Committee are found in OAR 413-010-0735 and 413-010-0738.

(3) A “Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review” is a process wherein a Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee reviews a founded disposition, makes recommendations to the CPS Program Manager or designee, and the CPS Program Manager or designee makes a decision to uphold, overturn, or change the abuse type of the founded disposition.

(4) A “Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee” is a group of three child welfare employees, none of whom was involved in either the Local Child Welfare Office Review or in the assessment that resulted in the CPS Founded Disposition under review. Further requirements of the Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee are found in OAR 413-010-0745 and 413-010-0746. The three child welfare staff on the committee must include:

(a) Either the Assistant Director for the Department’s child welfare programs or a designee;

(b) Either the Manager for Child Protective Services or a designee; and

(c) A CPS consultant.

(5) “CPS” refers to the Department’s Child Protective Services program, that is responsible for, among other duties, the assessment of alleged child abuse.

(6) “CPS Disposition” is a determination that completes a CPS assessment. Dispositions are discussed in OAR 413-015-1000 and include founded, unfounded, and unable to determine.

(a) “Founded disposition means there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse occurred;

(b) “Unfounded disposition” means no evidence of child abuse was identified or disclosed; or

(c) “Unable to Determine” means there are some indications of child abuse, but there is insufficient data to conclude that there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect occurred.

(7) “CPS Founded Disposition” means that the Department determined, after completing a CPS assessment, that there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse occurred.

(8) “Department” means the Department of Human Services.

(9) “Juvenile” means a person younger than the age of 18 years who is identified as a perpetrator. OAR 413-010-0716 provides specific requirements regarding application of these rules to juveniles.

(10) “Legal finding” means a court or administrative finding, judgment, order, stipulation, plea, or verdict that determines who was responsible for the child abuse that is the subject of a CPS Founded Disposition.

(11) “Legal proceeding” means a court or administrative proceeding that may result in a legal finding.

(12) “Local Child Welfare office” means the Department’s child welfare office that conducted the CPS assessment that resulted in the CPS Founded Disposition subject to review under these rules.

(13) “Perpetrator” means the person the Department has reasonable cause to believe is responsible for child abuse in a CPS Founded Disposition.

(14) “Person Requesting Review” or “Requestor” means a perpetrator, his or her attorney, or, if a juvenile is identified as the perpetrator, the person who may request a review on behalf of the juvenile, who requests a review of the founded disposition because they believe the founded disposition is in error.

(15) “Request for a Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review” means a written request for a Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review from a requestor who has received a Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision (Form CF 314) to retain a founded disposition. The specific requirements for a request for review by Central Office are described in OAR 413-010-0740.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; SOSCF 9-2001, f. 6-29-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0710

Required Forms

(1) Several Department forms are referred to by form number in these rules. The forms are available at the Department’s website. When use of a form is required by these rules, the current version of the form must be used.

(2) To be effective, a form required by these rules must be complete.

(3) The following forms are required to be used by these rules:

(a) Form CF 313, “Notice of CPS Founded Disposition”.

(b) Form CF 314A, “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Retain as Founded”.

(c) Form CF 314B, “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Change Disposition”.

(d) Form CF 314C, “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Change Abuse Type”.

(e) Form CF 315A, “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Retain as Founded”.

(f) Form CF 315B, “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Change Disposition”.

(g) Form CF 315C, “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision to Change Abuse Type”.

(h) Form CF 316, “Notice of Waived Rights”.

(i) Form CF 317, “Notice of Legal Proceeding”.

(j) Form CF 318, “Notice of Legal Finding”.

(k) Form CF 319, “Notice of CPS Founded Disposition for an Employee”.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0712

Overview of the Procedures Required by These Rules

These rules regulate the following subjects:

(1) Applying Department employee policies if the person identified as responsible in a CPS Founded Disposition is an employee of the Department (see OAR 413-010-0714);

(2) Providing notice of a CPS Founded Disposition as a result of a CPS Disposition (see OAR 413-010-0715);

(3) Providing notice of a CPS Founded Disposition and other documents to juveniles (see OAR 413-010-0716);

(4) Inquiring about a review of a CPS Founded Disposition completed before August 4, 2000, (see OAR 413-010-0717);

(5) Inquiring about a review of a CPS Founded Disposition when a person believes they have not received a notice (see OAR 413-010-0718);

(6) Local Child Welfare office responsibilities when a person inquires about a review of a CPS founded disposition (see OAR 413-010-0719);

(7) Information included in the notice of CPS Founded Disposition (Form CF 313) (see OAR 413-010-0720);

(8) Making a Request for a review of a CPS Founded Disposition (see OAR 413-010-0721);

(9) Determining when legal findings preclude a right to request a review and providing notice of legal proceeding (see OAR 413-010-0722);

(10) Providing a notice of legal finding (see OAR 413-010-0723);

(11) Local Child Welfare office responsibilities related to notices and reviews (see OAR 413-010-0732);

(12) Local Child Welfare office reviews of CPS founded dispositions (see OAR 413-010-0735);

(13) Providing a notice of the local Child Welfare office’s decision (see OAR 413-010-0738);

(14) Requesting a Central Office review of CPS Founded Disposition (see OAR 413-010-0740);

(15) Local Child Welfare office responsibilities in the case of a request for Central Office review (see OAR 413-010-0743);

(16) Central Office review (see OAR 413-010-0745);

(17) Providing a notice of Central Office’s decisions (see OAR 413-010-0746);

(18) Discretion of CPS Program Manager to review CPS founded dispositions (see OAR 413 010 0748); and

(19) Revising CPS founded dispositions in the Department’s records (see OAR 413 010 0750).

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0720

Information Included in the “Notice of a CPS Founded Disposition” (Form CF 313)

The “Notice of a CPS Founded Disposition” (Form CF 313) must include the following:

(1) The case and sequence numbers assigned to the CPS assessment that resulted in the CPS Founded Disposition;

(2) The full name of the individual who has been identified as responsible for the child abuse as it is recorded in the case record;

(3) A statement that the CPS disposition was recorded as “founded” including a description of the type of child abuse or neglect identified;

(4) A description of the CPS assessment that briefly explains how the CPS founded disposition was determined;

(5) A statement about the right of the individual to submit a request for review of the CPS founded disposition;

(6) Instructions for making a request for review, including the requirement that the requestor provide a full explanation why the requestor believes the CPS founded disposition is in error;

(7) A statement that the Department will not review a CPS founded disposition when a legal proceeding is pending and that the person requesting a review maintains the right to request a review for 30 days following resolution of the pending legal proceeding unless the proceeding results in a legal finding that is consistent with the CPS founded disposition.

(8) A statement that the person waives the right to request a review if the request for review is not received by the local Child Welfare office within 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of the “Notice of CPS Founded Disposition,” as documented by a returned receipt.

(9) A statement that the Local Child Welfare Office will consider relevant documentary information contained in the Department’s case file, including the CPS assessment and disposition, screening information, assessment information and narrative, related police reports, medical reports, and information submitted with the request for review by the person requesting review.

(10) A statement that the review process will not include re-interviewing the victim; interviewing or meeting with the person requesting a review, with others associated with the requestor, or with others mentioned in the assessment; or conducting a field assessment of the allegation of child abuse; and

(11) A statement that the local Child Welfare office will send the requestor a “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) within 30 days of receiving a request for review.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0722

Determining When Legal Findings Preclude a Right to Request a Review and Providing Notice of Legal Proceeding (Form CF 317)

(1) The Department does not conduct a review when there is a legal finding consistent with the CPS founded disposition. In that case, a “Notice of Legal Finding” must be provided as provided in OAR 413-010-0723(1).

(2)(a) If the Department is aware that a legal proceeding is pending, the Local Child Welfare Office will not review the disposition until the legal proceeding is completed.

(b) If the Department is aware that a legal proceeding is pending, the local Child Welfare office must prepare and deliver a notice of legal proceedings (CF 317). within 30 days after receipt of a request for review. This informs the requestor that the Department will not review the disposition until the legal proceeding is completed and will take no further action on the request.

(c) The requestor may, at the conclusion of the legal proceeding, again submit a request for review within 30 days.

(d) The requestor retains the right to request a review for 30 days following resolution of the legal proceeding.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0723

Providing a Notice of Legal Finding (Form CF 316)

If a requestor inquires about a review of a CPS Founded Disposition and there is a legal finding consistent with the CPS Founded Disposition, the Local Child Welfare office staff must prepare and deliver a “Notice of Legal Finding” (Form CF 318) that informs the requestor that the Department will not review the disposition.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0732

Local Child Welfare Office Responsibilities Related to Notices and Reviews

(1) If an individual asks to review Department records for the purpose of reviewing a CPS Founded Disposition, state and federal confidentiality law, including OAR 413-010-0000 to 413-010-0075 and 413-350-0000 to 413-350-0090 govern the inspection and copying of records.

(2) The local Child Welfare office must maintain records to demonstrate the following, when applicable:

(a) Whether the Department delivered a “Notice of CPS Founded Disposition;”

(b) Whether or not the Notice of CPS Founded Disposition was received by the addressee, as evidenced by a returned receipt documenting that the notice was received, refused, or not received within the 15-day period provided by the United States Postal Service;

(c) The date a Request for a local Child Welfare office review was received by the local Child Welfare office;

(d) If a review is conducted by a Local Child Welfare Office, whether the “Notice of the Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) was received by the addressee as evidenced by a returned receipt documenting that the notice was received, refused, or not received within the 15-day period as provided by the United States Postal Service; and

(e) The date a request for review by Central Office was received by the Department.

(3) The Child Welfare supervisor in each local Child Welfare office or designee must maintain a comprehensive record of the reviews completed by the Local Child Welfare Office on CPS founded dispositions arising out of the local Child Welfare office to which the supervisor is assigned. The record must include the date, case number, sequence number, and the committee decision for each review completed by the Local Child Welfare Office.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0735

Local Child Welfare Office Review CPS Founded Dispositions

(1) The Local Child Welfare Office must conduct a review and issue a “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) to the requestor within 30 days from the date the local Child Welfare office receives a request for review of a CPS Founded Disposition.

(2) If the request for review was delayed because a legal proceeding was pending as provided in OAR 413-010-0720(6), or the proceeding has been completed without a legal finding that would preclude a review, the review must occur within 30 days from the date the local Child Welfare office receives a new request for review.

(3) The Local Child Welfare Office Review must occur as follows:

(a) The review may not include re-interviewing the victim; interviewing or meeting with the person requesting a review, with others associated with the requestor, or with others mentioned in the assessment; or conducting a field assessment of the allegation of child abuse or neglect.

(b) The review must be based on current child welfare practice and definitions of child abuse. Procedural rules in place at the time the CPS assessment was completed also must be considered.

(c) The following must be considered:

(A) Relevant documentary information contained in the Department’s child welfare case file including the CPS assessment and disposition, screening information, assessment information and narrative, related police reports, medical reports, and information provided by the person requesting review;

(B) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse occurred;

(C) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the person requesting review is responsible for the child abuse; and

(D) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the type of abuse for which the CPS assessment was founded is correctly identified in the assessment.

(d) The Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee must:

(A) Make recommendations as follows:

(i) Retain the founded disposition;

(ii) Change the disposition to unfounded or unable to determine;

(iii) Change the type of abuse (see OAR 413-015-1000(3) for a list of the types of abuse) for which the CPS disposition was founded.

(B) When the Review Committee members all agree, the committee must make one recommendation.

(C) When the Review Committee members cannot reach agreement, each member must make his or her respective recommendation.

(D) At the conclusion of the Review Committee, the committee facilitator must document the committee’s recommendation or recommendations and the basis for the recommendation or recommendations.

(e) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee may:

(A) Observe the Review Committee; and

(B) Ask questions of the committee members.

(f) The Child Welfare Program Manager or designee must:

(A) Review the committee’s recommendation or recommendations and the basis for the recommendation or recommendations, including but not limited to the considerations listed in subsection (3)(c) above.

(B) Make one of the following decisions:

(i) Retain the founded disposition;

(ii) Change the disposition to unfounded or unable to determine;

(iii) Change the type of abuse (see OAR 413-015-1000(3) for a list of the types of abuse) for which the CPS disposition was founded.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0738

Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision

(1) The Child Welfare supervisor or designee must prepare a “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) as described in OAR 413-010-0738.

(2) The “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) must include the following:

(a) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse occurred;

(b) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe the person requesting the review was responsible for the child abuse;

(c) The decision resulting from the Local Child Welfare Office Review;

(d) If the CPS Founded Disposition is changed, whether it will be changed to “unable to determine” or to “unfounded;”

(e) If the Local Child Welfare Office Review results in a decision that the CPS Founded Disposition should be retained but that the type of abuse for which the disposition was founded should be changed, the type of abuse that should be founded and the reason for this change.

(f) If the CPS Founded Disposition is retained but the type of abuse is changed, notice that the person requesting the review has the right to request a new Local Child Welfare Office Review of the change;

(g) A summary of the information and reasoning of the Local Child Welfare Office Review upon which the decisions were based;

(h) If a CPS Founded Disposition is determined to be “unable to determine” or “unfounded,” notice that the change will be noted in the CPS assessment narrative;

(i) If the founded disposition is retained, a statement about how to request a review by Central Office, as described in OAR 413-010-0740.

(3) The Local Child Welfare Office must place the request for review and a copy of the “Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) in the child welfare case file. A change may not be made in the existing written child welfare case file except to add the determinations.

(4) The Department must send the “Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) by certified mail, restricted delivery, with a return receipt requested, to the person requesting review within 30 days of the request for review.

(5) When as a result of a Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review, a decision is made to change a CPS Founded Disposition, the Child Welfare supervisor or designee must assure the revised disposition is reflected in the Department’s information system. The Child Welfare supervisor or designee forwards the necessary information (Form CF 322) to the Department’s Office of Information Services (OIS) Service Desk.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0740

Requesting a Central Office Review

(1) A person entitled to the notice described in OAR 413-010-0738 may, within 30 days of receipt of the notice, request a review by Central Office.

(2) A person requesting a Central Office Review of a CPS Founded Disposition may use a copy of the request for Local Child Welfare Office Review or prepare a new request for Central Office Review, following the requirements outlined in OAR 413-010-0721.

(3) A person requesting a Central Office Review of a CPS Founded Disposition must deliver the request to the local Child Welfare office within 30 days of the date the “Notice of Local Child Welfare Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 314) was received by the requestor, as evidenced on a United States Postal Service return receipt.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0743

Local Office Responsibilities in a Request for Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review

Within 10 calendar days after receiving a request for Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review, the local Child Welfare office must forward the following documents to the Department’s Central Office CPS Program Unit:

(1) The request for review; and

(2) A copy of the child welfare case records pertinent to the CPS Founded Disposition, including the information reviewed as part of the Local Child Welfare Office Review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0745

Central Office Review of CPS Founded Dispositions

(1) Central Office must conduct a review and issue a “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 315) within 60 days from the date the CPS Program Unit receives a request for a review.

(2) The Central Office Review must occur as follows:

(a) The CPS program office schedules a review of the CPS founded disposition when a written request for review and case file information is received from the local Child Welfare office.

(b) The review may not include re-interviewing the victim; interviewing or meeting with the person requesting a review, with others associated with the requestor, or with others mentioned in the assessment; or conducting a field assessment of the allegation of child abuse or neglect.

(c) The review must be based on current child welfare practice and definitions of child abuse and neglect. Procedural rules in place at the time the CPS assessment was completed also must be considered.

(d) The following must be considered:

(A) Relevant documentary information contained in the Department’s child welfare case file, including the CPS assessment and disposition, screening information, assessment information and narrative, related police reports, medical reports, and information provided by the person requesting review.

(B) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect occurred;

(C) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the person requesting review is responsible for the child abuse or neglect; and

(D) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the type of abuse is correctly identified in the assessment.

(e) The Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Committee must:

(A) Make recommendations as follows:

(i) Retain the founded disposition;

(ii) Change the disposition to unfounded or unable to determine;

(iii) Change the type of abuse (see OAR 413-015-1000(3) for a list of the types of abuse) for which the CPS disposition was founded.

(B) When the Review Committee members all agree, the committee must make one recommendation.

(C) When the Review Committee members cannot reach agreement, each member must make his or her respective recommendation.

(D) At the conclusion of the Review Committee, the committee facilitator must document the committee’s recommendation or recommendations and the basis for the recommendation or recommendations.

(f) The Central Office CPS Program Manager or designee may:

(A) Observe the Review Committee; and

(B) Ask questions of the committee members.

(g) The Central Office CPS Program Manager or designee must:

(A) Review the committee’s recommendation or recommendations and the basis for the recommendation or recommendations, including but not limited to the considerations listed in subsection (d) of this section.

(B) Make one of the following decisions:

(i) Retain the founded disposition;

(ii) Change the disposition to unfounded or unable to determine;

(iii) Change the type of abuse (see OAR 413-015-1000(3) for a list of the types of abuse) for which the CPS disposition was founded.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0746

Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision

(1) Within 60 calendar days of the date the Central Office Review Committee receives the request for review from the local Child Welfare office, a CPS Program Coordinator or designee prepares and sends to the requestor by certified mail, restricted delivery, with a return receipt requested, a “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 315) that includes the following information:

(a) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse occurred;

(b) Whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the person requesting review was responsible for the child abuse;

(c) The decisions resulting from the Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review;

(d) If the CPS Founded Disposition is changed, whether the change will be to “unable to determine” or to “unfounded disposition;”

(e) If the Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review results in a decision that the CPS Founded Disposition should be retained but the type of abuse for which the disposition was founded should be changed, the new type of abuse and the reason for this change;

(f) If the CPS Founded Disposition is retained but the type of abuse or neglect is changed, notice that the person requesting the review has the right to request a new Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review based on the change;

(g) A summary of the information used as part of the Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review and the reasoning for reaching the decision; and

(h) If a CPS Founded Disposition is changed to “unable to determine” or “unfounded,” notice that the change will be made to the CPS assessment narrative.

(2) A “Notice of Central Office CPS Founded Disposition Review Decision” (Form CF 315) is sent to the person requesting review, the local Child Welfare office for filing in the child welfare case record, the CPS worker, and the supervisor involved in the initial CPS assessment and determination of disposition.

(3) The CPS Program Office maintains a comprehensive record of the reviews of CPS founded dispositions conducted by Central Office. The record includes the date of the review, case number, sequence number, a copy of the materials used in the review and the decision that resulted from the review for each review conducted by Central Office.

[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0748

Review Initiated by the Department

The CPS Program Manager may direct that either the Local Child Welfare Office or Central Office review a founded disposition if there is good cause to do so, such as a determination that there is a legal finding that contradicts the CPS Founded Disposition.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 16-2004, f. & cert. ef. 10-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

413-010-0750

Revising Founded Child Abuse Dispositions in the Department’s Electronic Information System

When as a result of a Central Office Review, a decision is made to change a CPS Founded Disposition, the CPS Program Coordinator or designee forwards the necessary information (Form CF 322) to the Department’s Office of Information Services (OIS) Service Desk or other appropriate organizational unit to make changes in the Department’s Electronic Information System.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 418.005

Stats. Implemented: ORS 418.005

Hist.: SOSCF 18-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-00; CWP 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-7-03; CWP 45-2003, f. 12-31-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; CWP 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-05; CWP 26-2011(Temp), f. 10-5-11, cert. ef. 10-6-11 thru 4-3-12

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