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07.02.25.00.htm 07.02.25.00. Title 07 DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES Subtitle 02 SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Chapter 25 LDSS Resource Home Requirements Authority: Family Law Article, §5-501 et seq. Annotated Code of Maryland (Agency Note: Federal Regulatory Reference―45 CFR §228.13, 228.42, 1355.20, 1355.38, and 1356.30; 42 U.S.C. §671, 672)
07.02.25.01.htm 07.02.25.01. 01 Purpose.. A. The regulations established in this chapter are the requirements for approval of resource homes by local departments of social services. Failure to meet any of these requirements may be grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of resource home approval.B. The primary purposes of these regulations are to:. 1) Protect children from the special risk associated with living outside their own homes by maintaining high quality resource homes that will provide
07.02.25.02.htm 07.02.25.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Abandoned" means:. a) Not in the care of a caretaker appointed by the child's parent or the court, and the whereabouts of the child's parents remains unknown after reasonable efforts to locate them have been unsuccessful; orb) When the parent has left the child with someone but fails to maintain contact with the caretaker, and no other individual has legal authority to ex
07.02.25.03.htm 07.02.25.03. 03 Conflict Resolution.. When there is a conflict between the interests of a foster child and those of an adult, the conflict shall be resolved in favor of the foster child.
07.02.25.04.htm 07.02.25.04. 04 Technical Requirements for Resource Home Approval and Reapproval.. A. An applicant may apply for resource home approval at the local department.. B. An applicant shall be a United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act.C. An applicant shall be at least 21 years old unless otherwise permitted by statute.. D. Physical Examination for All Individuals Living in the Home.. 1) The resource family ap
07.02.25.05.htm 07.02.25.05. 05 Resource Parent Standards.. A. A local department shall recruit prospective resource parents in accordance with the needs of Maryland children who are currently in out-of-home placement.B. Resource parents shall have the following characteristics:. 1) Knowledge of, interest in, and regard for the principles of good child care, understanding of the resource parents' responsibility in providing good child care, and the requirements for approval;
07.02.25.06.htm 07.02.25.06. 06 Resource Home Study Process.. A. The selection of a family for home study shall be made on the basis of the family's flexibility in the type of child they can parent and the needs of children coming into out-of-home placement rather than the chronological order in which a family contacted the local department.B. The home study process shall include an opportunity for prospective resource parent or parents to assess their potential for resource parenthood.C. The home study process
07.02.25.07.htm 07.02.25.07. 07 Rights of a Resource Parent.. A. At the initial placement, at any time during the placement of a child in foster care, and as soon as practicable after new information becomes available, the resource parent has the right to receive full information from the caseworker on the physical, social, emotional, educational, and mental history of a child which would possibly affect the care provided by a resource parent except for information about the family members that may be privi
07.02.25.07-1.htm 07.02.25.07-1. 07-1 Rights of a Foster Parent.. A. At the initial placement, at any time during the placement of a child in foster care, and as soon as practicable after new information becomes available, the foster parent has the right to receive full information from the caseworker on the physical, social, emotional, educational, and mental history of a child which would possibly affect the care provided by a foster parent except for information about the family members that may be privilege
07.02.25.08.htm 07.02.25.08. 08 Responsibilities of a Resource Parent.. A. Responsibilities to a Foster Child. A resource parent shall:. 1) Participate in the child's mental, physical and dental health care and add the documentation from each health care visit to the child's abbreviated health care record within 72 hours of receipt;2) Provide parental supervision and guidance appropriate to the child's age and developmental level;. 3) Provide daily essentials that are required for the health, comfort, and
07.02.25.09.htm 07.02.25.09. 09 Local Department Responsibility to Resource Parents.. A. A local department shall:. 1) Make accurate and timely reassessments of resource parent capabilities;. 2) Provide resource parents with relevant information that is available about the child and the reason the child is being placed in foster care;3) Provide resource parents with the abbreviated health care record;. 4) Help resource parents to understand their rights and responsibilities as defined in Regulations .
07.02.25.10.htm 07.02.25.10. 10 Provisions for Kinship Care.. A. A local department shall give priority consideration as a placement resource to relatives when a child is committed to a local department for out-of-home placement, or must be placed in an out-of-home placement on an emergency basis.B. Emergency Placement.. 1) At the time of placement, or not later than 24 hours thereof, the local department shall conduct an assessment and an initial home inspection of a relative who accepts plac
07.02.25.11.htm 07.02.25.11. 11 Restricted Resource Homes.. A. Except as otherwise provided, restricted resource homes shall meet the same requirements as regular resource homes as provided for in this chapter.B. A restricted resource home can be either that of a relative or nonrelative. In either case the same eligibility criteria apply.C. Provisional approval may be granted only to a relative of a child who seeks to become a restricted resource parent.
07.02.25.12.htm 07.02.25.12. 12 Provisional Approval of Restricted Relative Resource Homes.. A. The Provisional Approval Process requires:. 1) Completion of all elements of Regulation .10E of this chapter unless approved as a kinship home.. 2) An assessment of the home to ensure that it meets the health and safety requirements outlined in Regulation .04 of this chapter.3) A written statement signed by the potential kinship caregiver acknowledging that they understand the Administration's discipline policy.
07.02.25.13.htm 07.02.25.13. 13 Limitations on Active and Inactive Resource Homes.. A. A local department may not permit a resource home it approves to:. 1) Be licensed for child or adult care by more than one agency unless approval is given in writing by the local department director or the director's designee;2) Independently accept a child or an adult for care from an individual or agency other than the agency that approved the resource home;3) Provide independent boarding care except to a c
07.02.25.14.htm 07.02.25.14. 14 Resource Parent Training.. A. Pre-service Training. A local department shall provide or arrange for a minimum of 27 hours of pre-service training during the recruitment and mutual selection process of resource parents before formal approval of a home and before placing a child in the home. This training includes the following:1) Role and relationships in foster care between local department personnel, the resource parent, the child's birth parent, a2) Separation anxiety and
07.02.25.15.htm 07.02.25.15. 15 Annual Reconsideration.. A. A local department shall:. 1) Conduct an annual reconsideration of each resource home which includes at least one home visit, to determine continuing compliance with the resource home regulations;2) Complete the review and decide whether to reapprove the resource home before the anniversary of the date of approval;3) Complete a review whenever there are major changes in the lives of the resource parents that could affect their ability to
07.02.25.16.htm 07.02.25.16. 16 Complaints Regarding Abuse or Neglect, or Both, in Approved Resource Homes.. A. Initial Action.. 1) If a resource home or foster care worker observes that a child placed in a resource home is in serious and immediate danger, the worker, in the best interest of the safety and protection of the child, shall immediately remove the child and make arrangements for the child's protection and care.2) A local department employee who receives a report or makes a personal ob
07.02.25.17.htm 07.02.25.17. 17 Suspension and Revocation.. A. After receiving a complaint indicating possible violations of the resource home regulations, a local department shall conduct an investigation to assess compliance with applicable regulations and discuss findings with the resource family.B. Suspension.. 1) A local department may suspend resource home approval for a period not exceeding 60 days for a violation of these regulations.2) Except as provided in §D of this regulation, an
07.02.25.18.htm 07.02.25.18. 18 Denial of Approval.. The local department may deny an application if:. A. The applicant or the home in which the care is provided fails to meet the requirements of this chapter;B. An evaluation of the application form by the local department reveals that the applicant knowingly reported false information;C. The applicant has a history of regulatory violations which demonstrates an inability to provide for the health and safety of the children;D. The applicant has prev
07.02.25.19.htm 07.02.25.19. 19 Appeal Procedure.. A. A person aggrieved by a decision of a local department to deny, suspend, revoke, or terminate resource home approval has the right to appeal in accordance with COMAR 07.01.04.B. A person aggrieved by a decision of a local department to deny, suspend, revoke, or terminate resource home approval which is based in whole or in part on a child protective services finding of "indicated" or an identification of an alleged abuser or alleged neglector in
07.02.25.20.htm 07.02.25.20. 20 Discipline of Foster Children.. A. Only resource parents or other adult caregivers approved by the local department, and known to the children, may discipline foster children.B. Physical holding as a form of restraint shall be used only to the degree necessary to protect the child from self-injury or from injuring others.C. Behavior Management training and continuing consultation shall be provided by the local department as needed to resource parents regarding appropri
07.02.25.21.htm 07.02.25.21. 21 Resource Home on Inactive Status.. A. An approved resource home in good standing with the local department may choose to suspend acceptance of foster care placements for up to 1 year and still maintain its status as an approved resource home.B. During the period in which children are not placed in the home, the resource parents are not required to undergo an annual reconsideration. At the point that the family wishes to accept children, a reconsideration shall be completed.
07.02.25.22.htm 07.02.25.22. 22 Termination of a Resource Home.. A. A local department may terminate a resource home approval for one of the following reasons:. 1) The local department has not placed any children in the resource home in the previous 3 years; or. 2) The characteristics of the children the resource parent is willing to accept for care in the resource home are not consistent with the characteristics of the children in foster care and entering foster care.B. The local department s
07.02.25.23.htm 07.02.25.23. 23 Liability Insurance and Reimbursement for Loss to Resource Parents.. A. The Administration shall provide liability insurance for resource parents who care for children under certain conditions. The insurance shall cover:1) Bodily injury and property damage that a foster child causes to a person or the property of a person other than the resource parent; and2) Actions brought against the resource parents by the child's natural parents for any accident to tB. The Department shall r
07.02.25.24.htm 07.02.25.24. 24 Confidentiality.. The confidentiality of information shall be strictly safe-guarded according to the confidentiality requirements in COMAR 07.01.07 and the access to records requirements in COMAR 07.01.02. The local department and the resource parents shall protect confidential information regarding the foster children and their natural parents or guardians, or both.
07.02.25.9999.htm 07.02.25.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 4, 1994 (21:13 Md. R. 1155). Chapter revised effective December 12, 2002 (29:24 Md. R. 1918). Regulation .02B amended effective June 15, 2009 (36:12 Md. R. 836). Regulation .08A amended effective June 15, 2009 (36:12 Md. R. 836) ―. Chapter revised effective April 16, 2012 (39:7 Md. R. 490). Regulation .04E amended effective September 30, 2013 (40:19 Md. R. 1543).
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