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Department of Social Services
GDForum ID: 435
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
The changes to the Resource Family guidance are a result of legislation passed during the 2020 Session of the General Assembly and federal directives regarding the approval process for all foster parents, including relatives and fictive kin, and limits on the number of foster children allowed in one home. Legislative changes to the Resource Family guidance include adding fictive kin to the definition of kinship foster parent. Guidance updates as a result of federal directives include: clarifying requirements that must be met in order to approve foster parents, clarifying the process of initiating placement of children with kinship foster parents, clarifying timeframes for when background checks must be completed in order to assist local departments in minimizing Title I-VE errors related to foster home approval, and updating the number of foster children that may be placed in an approved foster home.
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
The agency is considering feedback and has not yet made a decision to confirm or delay the proposed changes.
Document in Effect
Child & Family Services Manual, Chapter D, Resource Family Home Approval
Nikki Clarke Callaghan
Legislation, Regulations & Guidance Manager
801 E. Main Street
The Virginia Register
Publication Date: 12/21/2020
Volume: 37 Issue: 9
The public comment period began upon publication and extended for 30 days. It ended on 1/20/2021.
There were no comments
Effective Date: 1/21/2021
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