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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Child Protective Services [22 VAC 40 ‑ 705]
Action Review & Amend CPS Regulation
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 2/12/2016
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1/13/16  2:20 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth

Notification of Relatives-ERO

This section is confusing.  After a child is removed and placed in foster care, the CPS investigation should be completed and closed relatively quickly.  This makes it sound like the CPS worker has to keep the case open an additional 30 days to wait for the notification to relatives.  Apart from notifying the guardian at the time of the removal and both biological parents, the notification to relatives is a foster care responsiblity, not a CPS responsiblity.

"i. Within 30 days of removing a child from the custody of the parents or legal guardians, the local department shall exercise due diligence to identify and notify in writing all maternal and paternal grandparents and other adult relatives of the child and explain the options they have to participate in the care and placement of the child, unless the local department determines such notification is not in the best interest of the child. These notifications shall be documented in the state automated system. When notification to any of these relatives is not made, the child protective services worker shall document the reasons in the state automated system."

CommentID: 49102