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Handbook 14: Resource Homes and Family Finding
14-1 Information to Be Disclosed to Caregivers
Resource Homes and Family Finding
14-1 Information to Be Disclosed to Caregivers
Reference Points
Overview
Quick Guide for Information to Be Disclosed to Caregivers
Pre-Placement Questionnaire
Additional Assessment Questions


Reference Points
Effective Date: 11/17/10 
Last Updated: 12/22/10
 Legal Basis:
Popup Window Welfare and Institutions Code § 16010 (a), 16010(e), 16010.5
Popup Window California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Licensing (CCL) Foster Family Home Regulations
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word Quick Guide Disclosure to Caregivers
MS Word California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Licensing (CCL) Pre-Placement Questionnaire (LIC 9225)


Overview   The California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) requires that caregivers be provided with information about children placed in their homes, which includes medical and education information, dependency court status, needs of the children, and required services.  The information is to be provided to caregivers within a time specified by the WIC.  The information is necessary to help caregivers to determine if they are able to meet the needs of the children.  If a child is placed with and remains in the home of a caregiver, the caregiver uses the information to obtain services for the child and to enroll the child in school and extracurricular activities.
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Quick Guide of Information to Be Disclosed to Caregivers      Following is the information to be provided to the caregiver and the timeframe for disclosure.

   See Reference Points for a link to a printable version of the guide.

TYPE OF INFORMATION

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

LEGAL AUTHORITY

Child’s current medication and medical treatments.

Within 48 hours of placement all prescribed medications for the Child that are in the possession of the agency and that are in effect at the time of the placement, AND information regarding any treatments that are known to the agency and that are in effect at the time of the placement.

WIC §§16010(a), 16010.4(e), 16010.5

Child’s known medical problems.

Within 30 days from initial placement.

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Child’s past health problems and hospitalizations.

Within 30 days from initial placement.

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Child’s relevant mental health history.

Within 30 days from initial placement. 

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Child’s immunization record and allergies.

Within 30 days from initial placement.

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Names/Addresses of Child’s Health, Dental and Educational Providers.

Within 30 days from initial placement.

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Child’s school documentation

Within 30 days from initial placement. 

Any documentation or proof of the Child’s age necessary to enroll the child in school or activities that require proof of age.

WIC §16010.5

Child’s school records including grade level performance.

Within 30 days from initial placement.

Can be included in Health and Education passport.

WIC §16010(a)

Child’s birth certificate, passport, or other identifying documentation as may be required for enrollment in school and extracurricular activities.

Copy must be provided within 30 days of Agency’s receipt.

WIC §§ 16010.4(e), 16010.5

Child’s State Department of Social Services Identification Number. 

As soon as possible.

WIC §16010.4(e)

Child’s Medical (Medi-Cal) Identification Number or Group Health Insurance Plan Number

As soon as possible.

WIC §16010.4(e)

Child’s social worker and social workers’ supervisor

Name, mailing address, phone number and fax number must be provided.

WIC §16010.4(e)

Child’s attorney and CASA

Name, mailing address, phone number and fax number must be provided.

WIC §§ 16010.4(e), 16010.5

Juvenile Court where case is pending

Name, address and department number must be provided.

WIC §16010.4(e)

Notice regarding Court hearings.

Should be advised of right to receive notice of all Review and Permanency Hearings concerning the Child during placement and right to attend Hearings or submit relevant information to Court in writing by use of the Caregiver Information Form.

WIC §16010.4(f)

Form: JV-290

Information on existing services available for the caregiver.

Including transportation, translation, training, forms and other available services.

WIC §16010.4(f)

Child’s needs and services.

Must include information on family and sibling visitation.

As applicable, include information on problems with socialization, emotional and mental issues, physical needs and functioning.

WIC §16010.4(e)

Form: LIC 625

Sibling Information and Contact

Any known siblings or half-siblings of the Child, whether the Child has, expects, or desires to have contact or visitation with any or all siblings, and how and when Caregivers  must facilitate the contact or visitation.

 WIC §16010.4(f)

Caregiver’s Obligations regarding

Reunification

Obligation to cooperate with any reunification, concurrent or permanent planning for the Child.

WIC §16010.4(f)

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Pre-Placement Questionnaire

 

California State Community Care Licensing Regulations (§ 89468) provide that, at the time of placement, the caregiver shall request the Health & Education Passport for a child and a written plan identifying the specific needs and services of the child from the placement worker, if they are not immediately provided.  If the caregiver does not receive the Health & Information Passport and the written plan, the caregivers shall ask the placement social worker, all of the following pre-placement questions:

  • Does the child have any allergies?
  • Does the child have a history of infections or contagious diseases?
  • Is the child taking any prescription medications?
  • Does the child have physical limitations?
  • Is any special care needed?
  • Does the child have any medical conditions that I should know about?
  • Does the child have any mental health conditions I should know about?
  • Does the child have a history of suicide attempts?
  • Does the child have any behavioral problems?
  • Does the child have a history of physical or sexual abuse?
  • Does the child act out sexually?  22CCR 89468

Pre-Placement Questionnaire (LIC 9225) or any other form may be used to track and document the responses.

  
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Additional Assessment Questions  

In order to determine if they can meet the needs of a child, CDSS CCL regulations allow the caregiver to apply the reasonable and prudent parent standard (as specified in Section 89377, Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard) in deciding whether to ask additional questions about a child at the time of placement. These questions may include:

(1) What grade is the "child" in?
(2) Does the "child" have any learning disabilities?
(A) Is the "child" currently receiving any services for this disability?
(3) Is the "child" taking any over the counter medications?
(4) Can the "child" swim?
(5) Does the "child" get along with others?
(6) What are the current service needs of the "child"? (i.e. therapist, tutor, etc.)


If the caregiver believes that they cannot meet the needs of the child, the caregiver shall request that the child not be placed in the home.

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