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and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When the agency is owned by a corporation, the governing body of the corporation shall authorize the application for the license and complete the statement of responsibility and the corporation shall serve as the licensee.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Behavior management" means those principles and techniques used by an agency to assist a child in facilitating self-control, addressing inappropriate behavior, and achieving positive outcomes in a constructive and safe manner. Behavior management principles and techniques shall be used in accordance with the individual service plan, written policies and procedures governing service expectations, service plan goals, safety, and security, and these rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Biological Father" means a male who impregnated the biological mother resulting in the birth of a child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Biological Parent" means a birth parent of a child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Birth Parent" means a biological parent of a child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Board" means the persons or legal entity in whom the ultimate legal responsibility, authority and accountability for the conduct of the Child-Placing Agency is vested.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Caseworker" means a person employed by the Agency who provides direct placement services and supervision following placements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Casework supervisor" means a person employed by the Agency who is responsible for the supervision of the placement services offered by the Agency and for the designation of approval for the prospective adoptive and foster families to receive children for care.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Chemical restraint" means drugs that are administered to manage a child's behavior in a way that reduces the safety risk to the child or others; that have the temporary effect of restricting the child's freedom of movement; and that are not being used as part of a standard regimen, as specified in the child's service plan, to treat current symptoms of a medical or psychiatric condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Child" means a person under 18 years of age for adoption purposes and under the age of 19 for foster care purposes.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Child-Placing Agency" or "Agency" means a child welfare agency that is any institution, society, agency, or facility, whether incorporated or not, that places children in foster homes for temporary care or in prospective adoptive homes for adoption. For purposes of this definition, agencies that engage in placement activities are required to be licensed as Child-Placing Agencies. This term does not apply to a licensed professional providing only home study preparation services as an evaluator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Child placement," or "placement activity" means the selection, by a person or agency other than the child's parent or guardian, of a foster family or prospective adoptive family, or effecting the movement of the child into the foster family or prospective adoptive family. This definition includes any preparation of a home study of a foster home or of a prospective adoptive home. Counseling with respect to options available, legal services, or services as an agent for the purpose of notice of revocation of consent by the birth parent does not constitute child placement under this definition. For purposes of this rule, this definition does not include the Department or a licensed professional providing home study preparation services as an evaluator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Criminal history background check" means a search as required by law of the criminal records maintained by law enforcement authorities to determine whether the applicant has a criminal record as defined in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)">(o)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Criminal record" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conviction of a crime; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Arrest, charge, and sentencing for a crime where: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A plea of nolo contendere was entered to the charge; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> First offender treatment without adjudication of guilt pursuant to the charge was granted; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adjudication or sentence was otherwise withheld or not entered on the charge; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(o)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Arrest and being charged for a crime if the charge is pending, unless the time for prosecuting such crime has expired pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=17-3-1&amp;title=17&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">17-3-1</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(p)">(p)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Department" means the Georgia Department of Human Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(q)">(q)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Emergency safety interventions" mean those behavioral intervention techniques that are authorized under an approved emergency safety intervention plan and are utilized by properly trained staff or therapeutic foster parent(s) in an urgent situation to prevent a child from doing immediate physical harm to self or others or those behavior intervention techniques used by prospective adoptive or foster parents in an urgent situation to prevent a child from doing immediate physical harm to self or others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(r)">(r)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Emergency safety intervention plan" means the plan developed by the facility utilizing a nationally recognized, evidence-based, training program for emergency safety intervention, approved by the Department. The plan shall clearly identify the emergency safety interventions that staff and therapeutic foster parents are authorized to utilize with a child and those interventions that are prohibited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(s)">(s)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Evaluator" means a person or agency authorized by law to conduct a home study. An evaluator shall be a child-placing agency, the Department, or a licensed professional with at least two years of adoption related professional experience, including a licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional counselor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(t)">(t)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Executive Director" means the person responsible for overall administration of an Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(u)">(u)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Facilitator" means an individual or agency who is engaged in the matching of birth parents with adoptive parents. This term does not apply to a person or agency who refers prospective birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and children to licensed child-placing agencies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Fingerprint records check determination" means a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination by the department based upon a records check comparison of Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) information with fingerprints and other information in a records check application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(w)">(w)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Foster care" means supervised care for a child in a home other than the child's own home on a 24-hour full-time basis for a temporary period of time.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(x)">(x)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Foster family" or "foster home" means a private home where the foster parent(s) live which has been approved by the institution/agency to provide 24 hour care, lodging, supervision and maintenance for no more than six children under the age of 19.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(y)">(y)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Foster parent(s)" means the adult member(s) of a foster family who provides supervision and care in a parental role for a child in foster care and who has a satisfactory criminal history background check determination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(z)">(z)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Home study" means assessment of the home environment of an applicant to determine suitability of that environment as a foster home or a prospective adoptive home.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(aa)">(aa)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Inducements" mean any financial assistance, either direct or indirect, from whatever source. The term "inducements" shall not include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(aa)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment or reimbursement of medical expenses directly related to the biological mother's pregnancy and hospitalization for the birth of the child and medical care for such child if paid by a licensed Child-Placing Agency or an attorney,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(aa)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment or reimbursement of expenses for counseling services or legal services for a biological parent directly related to the placement by such parent of her or his child for adoption if paid by a licensed Child-Placing Agency or an attorney,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(aa)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment or reimbursement of reasonable living expenses for the biological mother if paid by a licensed Child-Placing Agency, or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(aa)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment or reimbursement of reasonable expenses for rent, utilities, food, maternity garments and maternity accessories for the biological mother if paid from the trust account of an attorney, who is a member of the State Bar of Georgia in good standing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(bb)">(bb)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "License" means a document issued by the Department that grants permission for the holder to provide placement services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(cc)">(cc)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Manual hold" means the application of physical force, without the use of any device, for the purpose of restricting the free movement of a child's body and is considered a form of restraint. A manual hold does not include briefly holding a child without undue force to calm or comfort the child, holding a child by the hand or by the shoulders or back to walk the child safely from one area to another where the child is not forcefully resisting the assistance, or assisting the child in voluntarily participating in activities of daily living.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(dd)">(dd)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Mechanical restraint" means a device attached or adjacent to the resident's body that is not a prescribed and approved medical protection device and that he or she cannot easily remove that restricts freedom of movement or normal access to his or her body. A mechanical restraint does not include devices used to assist patients with appropriate positioning or posture secondary to physical impairments or disabilities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(ee)">(ee)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Medicaid Rehabilitation Option Provider (MRO)" means that category of behavioral health services designed for the maximum reduction of impairments related to mental illness or addiction and restoration of a Medicaid recipient to his/her best possible functional level.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(ff)">(ff)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Out-of-state licensed agency" means an agency or entity that is licensed in another state or country to place children for adoption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(gg)">(gg)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Owner" means any individual or any person affiliated with a corporation, partnership, or association with 10 percent or greater ownership interest in the business or agency licensed as a child placing agency and who: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(gg)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Purports to or exercises authority of the owner in a child placing agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(gg)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applies to operate or operates a child placing agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(gg)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Enters into a contract to acquire ownership of a child placing agency.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(hh)">(hh)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Preliminary records check application" means an application for a preliminaryrecords check determination on forms provided by the department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Preliminary records check determination" means a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination by the department based only upon a comparison of Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) information with other than fingerprint information regarding the person upon whom the records check is being performed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(jj)">(jj)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Prospective adoptive family" or "prospective adoptive home" means a family unit (which may include a single parent family unit) and their place of residence approved by an Agency to receive a child for adoption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(kk)">(kk)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Prospective adoptive parent(s)" means the adult member(s) of a prospective adoptive family who expect to assume all legal and social obligations and privileges of parent(s) through the legal adoption of a child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(ll)">(ll)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Record(s)" means the individual files established and maintained by a Child-Placing Agency which include data concerning a child, an applicant, a prospective adoptive family, and/or foster family.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(mm)">(mm)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Records check application" means two sets of classifiable fingerprints, a records search fee to be established by the Department by rule and regulation, payable in such form as the Department may direct to cover the cost of a fingerprint records check, and an affidavit by the applicant disclosing the nature and date of any arrest, charge, or conviction of the applicant for the violation of any law; except for motor vehicle parking violations, whether or not the violation occurred in this state, and such additional information as the department may require.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(nn)">(nn)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Room, Board and Watchful Oversight" means providing a safe, comfortable room, adequately nutritious meals and oversight to ensure a child's basic safety needs are met.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(oo)">(oo)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Satisfactory criminal history background check determination" means a written determination that a person for whom a records check was performed was found to have no criminal record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(pp)">(pp)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Seclusion" means the involuntary confinement of a child away from other children, due to imminent risk of harm to self or others, in a room or an area from which the child is physically prevented from leaving.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(qq)">(qq)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Sponsoring agency" means a Georgia Child-Placing Agency that serves as the primary coordinating agency with the foreign authorities, prospective adoptive parent(s), and children being placed through inter-country adoptions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(rr)">(rr)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Time-out" means a behavior management technique that involves the brief separation of a child from the group or setting where the child is experiencing some behavioral or emotional distress, not to exceed twenty (20) minutes, designed to deescalate the emotionally charged condition of the child. During "time-out" a child's freedom of movement is not physically restricted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(ss)">(ss)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Unsatisfactory criminal history background check determination" means a written determination that a person for whom a records check was performed has a criminal record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.01(tt)">(tt)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The singular includes the plural, the plural the singular, and the masculine the feminine, when consistent with the intent of these Rules.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.02" name="290-9-2-.02" title="290-9-2-.02">Rule 290-9-2-.02 Applicability of These Rules</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person, facilitator, institution, society, agency, corporation or facility shall engage in child placement activities, including the advertising of such child placement activities, in Georgia unless a license has first been obtained from the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child-Placing Agencies that arrange for children to receive care in foster homes or in prospective adoptive homes must assess the placement regarding the appropriateness of the room, board and watchful oversight that the prospective foster or adoptive person or family will provide.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child-Placing Agencies licensed in other states and wishing to engage in placement activities, including the advertising of such placement activities, in Georgia shall also be licensed in Georgia or shall have a written agreement approved by the Department with a Child-Placing Agency licensed within the state to cooperate in and to supervise the placement.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person, organization, corporation, hospital, facilitator, or association that is not a Child-Placing Agency, a prospective adoptive parent with a valid, approved preplacement home study report, or an attorney who is a member of the State Bar of Georgia representing a prospective adoptive parent with a valid approved preplacement home study report shall advertise that the person, organization, corporation, hospital, facilitator, or association will adopt, arrange for or cause children to be adopted or placed for adoption as provided in O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-24&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-24</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No person, organization, corporation, hospital, facilitator, or association shall directly or indirectly provide inducements to any biological parent to part with his or her child as provided in O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-24&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-24</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any Child-Placing Agency that places an advertisement concerning adoption or prospective adoption shall include in such advertisement its license number issued by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Georgia Child-Placing Agencies licensed in other states and engaging in placement activities in Georgia shall disclose to the Department on a continuing basis any federal, state or private lawsuit or administrative action instigated against the Agency or any person affiliated with the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.02(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> These rules and regulations shall not apply to parties to a power of attorney for the care of a child executed in accordance with O.C.G.A. Secs. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-9-120&amp;title=19&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">19-9-120</a> et seq.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.03" name="290-9-2-.03" title="290-9-2-.03">Rule 290-9-2-.03 Agency Organization and Administration</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Individuals, associations, institutions or corporations considering the establishment of a Child-Placing Agency shall consult the Residential Child Care Section of the Office of Regulatory Services about such plans before a specific program is developed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Program purpose. In accordance with these rules and regulations, a licensed Child Placing Agency shall develop, implement and comply with written policies and procedures that specify its philosophy, purpose, and program orientation. Such policies and procedures shall identify the characteristics of children to be served in terms of age, race, religion, residence limitations and include the referral sources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Program Description and Implementation. A program description which includes the purpose or function of the proposed Agency shall be clearly defined. The program description shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written policies and procedures that describe the scope of services to be provided, including room, board and watchful oversight, and the manner in which such services will be provided and supervised through the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A program description must show what services are provided directly by the Agency and how services will be coordinated with the Medicaid Rehabilitation Option Provider and other available community or contract resources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Eligibility requirements for client service and for providers of care.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the Agency shall only place children whose known needs can be met by the Agency based on preplacement assessment, planning and room, board and watchful oversight capacity. No Agency shall provide placement services for children whose needs for room, board and watchful oversight cannot be met based upon the child's physical, educational or emotional needs.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child-Placing Agencies shall be incorporated in Georgia as non-profit under state law and shall comply with regulations established by the State for non-profit corporations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Board of Directors. </B>Each Child-Placing Agency shall have a Board of Directors, which operates as the governing board of the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Functions and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors. </B>The Board shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employ and dismiss an Executive Director;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Delegate to the Executive Director the authority and responsibility for the employment of other staff members and the management of the affairs of the Agency according to the Agency's established policies;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refrain from direct administration or operation of the Agency either through individual members or committees, except in emergencies;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Approve written policies for accepting children for placement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Be responsible for the Agency's compliance with all applicable state laws and regulations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Be responsible for adequate financing and budgeting for the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Meet at least quarterly;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Keep complete minutes of each meeting reflecting official actions of the Board pertaining to and affecting any aspect of the child-placing program. Minutes of each meeting shall be kept permanently on file;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notify the Department's Residential Child Care Section of ORS in writing within 5 calendar days when there is a change in the Executive Director or in the corporate structure, organization, or administration of the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inform the Department within 24 hours by phone and in writing within 10 days of notice to the Agency of any legal or administrative action brought against the Agency or any person affiliated with the Agency which affects any child in care or personnel or relates in any manner to the conduct of the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Keep the Department informed on a quarterly basis, or more often if requested by the Department, concerning the status of current or previous judicial or administrative action against the Agency; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(6)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Be responsible for the disposition or storage of records of the Agency according to these rules, should the Agency cease operations.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board members shall have no direct or indirect financial interest in the assets, leases, business transactions, or in current professional services of the agency. Any potential conflict of interest shall be declared by a Board member and the minutes shall record declaration and abstention from the vote when a conflict exists.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall provide the Department with a list (name, address and office held, if applicable) of all Board members and shall have on file a notarized copy of each member's letter of acceptance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Composition of the Board.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board shall be composed of at least five (5) members.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least one of the Board members shall be a bona fide resident of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provision shall be made for systematic rotation of board members through a plan of overlapping terms of office.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provision shall be made for removal of inactive Board members.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employees and paid consultants of the Agency and their spouses shall not serve as members of the Board.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(9)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adoptive and foster care applicants with the Agency shall not serve as members of the Board as long as their cases are open.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Agency By-Laws. </B>The Agency shall have written by-laws which shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General purpose and functions of the organization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Frequency, time and place of Board meetings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requirements regarding Board members' attendance at meetings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Number necessary for a quorum;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Size, selection, functions, authority and organization of the Board of Directors;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appointment and duties of committees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provision for amendments to the by-laws;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(10)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for dealing with potential conflicts of interest.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)">(11)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Financing. </B>The Agency shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Have a sound plan of financing which assures sufficient funds to support adequately the services offered, to provide for children accepted for care including care up to the time permanent plans for child care are completed, and to carry out the stated purposes of the Agency. A full and complete accounting of the financial affairs of the agency shall be provided to the Board on an annual basis;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provide evidence that it will have sufficient funds available to pay operating costs including compensation for a sufficient number of administrative and service staff through the current year of operation for which the license is to be issued;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintain financial records of all receipts, disbursements, assets and liabilities and shall establish an accounting system capable of tracking all movements of funds and the actual expenditures for each case;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provide bond for Board members and staff responsible for handling substantial amounts of funds;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Not require gratuities such as money or other things of value or services from applicants or their representatives beyond the established fee;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Comply with all local and state and federal laws relating to the solicitation of funds;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Establish a fee for placement services based on the cost of recruitment, placement, postplacement, legal, medical and other services rendered to the birth parent, adoptive family, foster parents, and child as documented and justified in the total Agency budget. The determination of such fee schedule shall be reviewed by the Board at least annually and the Board's determination shall be adequately documented in writing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Collect fees only as services are provided;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Establish a written policy which defines the conditions under which fees related to adoption services are refundable, including a definite time frame when applicants can expect a refund if requested services or placement of a child is not completed. Each applicant shall be provided with a copy of this policy. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(i)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This policy shall be disclosed to the applicant in clear and easily understood language.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(i)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant shall sign that the policy has been discussed and a copy of the policy was received. This signed acknowledgment shall be kept in the applicant's file.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(11)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Establish a written policy which defines the conditions under which it enters into purchase of service agreements, including all terms and conditions required to define the individuals to be served, services to be provided, procedures for payment and the payment plan;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(12)">(12)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall comply with other applicable requirements of state and federal laws affecting children and/or the operation of such agencies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(13)">(13)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall be easily accessible and responsive to the applicant, staff and community and shall provide privacy for interviews and for pre-placement visits. The Agency shall have at least one staff member available at all times to handle client emergencies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(14)">(14)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies ceasing operation for any reason shall notify the Residential Child Care Section of ORS in writing prior to closing and shall provide the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(14)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Legal transfer of surrender and release of any child in its custody to another licensed Child-Placing Agency or to the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(14)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appropriate transfer of responsibility for children in temporary placement to another licensed Child-Placing Agency or to the Department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(14)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appropriate transfer or termination of services to all other applicants;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.03(14)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Arrangements satisfactory to the Department concerning the storage of all relevant records.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.04" name="290-9-2-.04" title="290-9-2-.04">Rule 290-9-2-.04 Criminal History Background Checks, Agency Personnel</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Criminal History Background Checks for Owners Required. Prior to approving any license for a new child placing agency and periodically as established by the department by rule and regulation, the department shall require an owner to submit a records check application so as to permit the department to obtain criminal history background information on the owner. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An owner may not be required to submit a records check application if it is determined that the owner does not do at least one of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintains an office at the location where services are provided to children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Resides at a location where services are provided to children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Has direct access to residents receiving care; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provides direct personal supervision of personnel by being immediately available to provide assistance and direction during the time services are being provided to children.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In lieu of a records check application, an owner may submit evidence, satisfactory to the department, that within the immediately preceding 12 months the owner has received a satisfactory criminal history background check determination.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A child placing agency license shall not be issued, and any license issued shall be revoked where it has been determined that the owner has a criminal record involving any of the following covered crimes, as outlined in O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-2-14.1&amp;title=49&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">49-2-14.1</a><I>et seq.</I>: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-1</a>, relating to murder and felony murder;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-21&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-21</a>, relating to aggravated assault;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-24&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-24</a>, relating to aggravated battery;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-70&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-70</a>, relating to cruelty to children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-100&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-100</a>, relating to cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-1</a>, relating to rape;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-2&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-2</a>, relating to aggravated sodomy;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-4&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-4</a>, relating to child molestation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-5&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-5</a>, relating to enticing a child for indecent purposes;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-5.1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-5.1</a>, relating to sexual assault against persons in custody, detained persons, or patients in hospitals or other institutions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-22.2&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-22.2</a>, relating to aggravated sexual battery;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-8-41&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-8-41</a>, relating to armed robbery;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=30-5-8&amp;title=30#" target="_newtab">30-5-8</a>, relating to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a disabled adult or elder person; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(2)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any other offense committed in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would be deemed to be a crime listed in this paragraph without regard to its designation elsewhere.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An owner with a valid child placing agency license issued on or before June 30, 2007 shall be required to obtain a criminal records check determination no later than December 31, 2008. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An owner with a valid child placing agency license issued on or before June 30, 2007 who is determined to have a criminal record for any of the crimes listed in Rule .04(2)(a) -(n) above, shall not have the license revoked prior to a hearing being held before a hearing officer pursuant to Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An owner with a valid license who acquires a criminal record as defined in Rule .04(2)(a) -(n) above subsequent to the effective date of these rules shall disclose the criminal record to the department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If at any time the department has reason to believe an owner holding a valid license has a criminal record for any of the crimes listed in Rule .04(2)(a) -(n) above, the department shall require the owner to submit a records check application immediately for determination of whether a revocation action is necessary. Prior to the revocation of the license becoming final, the owner is entitled to an administrative hearing unless the owner has not begun providing services under the license. Where services are not currently being provided under the license, the decision of the administrative hearing officer must precede the initiation of services.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Criminal History Background Checks for Director and Employees Required. Prior to serving as a director of a licensed agency, a person shall submit a records check application and receive a satisfactory determination or be determined to be eligible to serve as a director as a result of an administrative hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person with an unsatisfactory criminal history background check determination may not serve as a director of a licensed child placing agency if it is determined that such person has a criminal record involving any of the following covered crimes: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any felony under Georgia law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-4-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-4-1</a>, relating to criminal attempt when the crime attempted is any of the crimes specified by this paragraph;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-23&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-23</a>, relating to simple battery; where the victim is a minor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-1&amp;title=16&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">16-6-1</a><I>et seq.</I>, relating to sexual offenses, excluding the offenses of bigamy or marrying a bigamist;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A violation of Code Section O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-21-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-21-1</a>, relating to contributing to the delinquency of a minor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any other offense committed in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would be deemed to be a crime listed in this paragraph without regard to its designation elsewhere.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to serving as an employee other than a director of a licensed agency, a person must submit a preliminary record check application and receive a satisfactory determination. Provided however, should there be an unsatisfactory determination, the person must submit to a fingerprint record check and get a satisfactory determination or be determined eligible to be employed as a result of an administrative hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person with an unsatisfactory background check determination may not serve as an employee of a licensed child placing agency if it is determined that such person has a criminal record involving any of the covered crimes outlined in O.C.G.A. Secs. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-4-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-4-1</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-5-23&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-5-23</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-6-1&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-6-1</a> and 16-21-1 and in Rule .04(2)(a)1.-6. above.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In lieu of a records check application, a director or employee may submit evidence, satisfactory to the department, that within the immediately preceding 12 months the above personnel have received a satisfactory records check determination or a satisfactory preliminary records check determination, whichever is applicable.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Criminal History Background Checks for Foster Parents Required. No facility that provides care in foster homes shall place a child in a foster home unless the foster parent or parents of the home and other adult persons that reside in the home or provide care to children placed in the home have obtained a criminal records check as required by law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No child shall continue to be placed in such foster home care unless the foster parent or parents also subsequently receive a satisfactory fingerprint records check determination or be determined eligible to serve as foster parents as a result of an administrative hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personnel. In accordance with these rules and regulations, the agency shall have the administrative and professional service staff necessary to provide the services it is authorized to provide. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies operating multi-state programs under the supervision of an Executive Director who resides outside of Georgia shall employ an assistant director to whom the responsibility for administration of the Georgia program shall be delegated;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Executive Director. The Executive Director or assistant director with responsibility for the administration of the Georgia program shall have as a minimum a Bachelor's degree and two years administrative experience in the field of human services. If the Executive Director or assistant director is responsible for supervision of casework services or provides direct placement services he/she shall also meet the educational and experience requirements for a casework supervisor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Executive Director or the assistant director with responsibility for the administration of the Georgia program shall be: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A full-time resident of the State of Georgia;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Responsible for administration of policies and procedures established by the Board for operation of the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Responsible for preparation, or assisting in the preparation of the annual budget, and control of expenditures according to budget allowance;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Responsible for personnel matters including hiring, assigning duties, in-service training, supervision, evaluation of staff and terminations; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(8)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Responsible for professional leadership and technical consultation to the Board, determination of policy, and for periodic evaluations of the Agency's performance in terms of the conditions of licensure.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Casework Supervisor. There shall be at least one casework supervisor employed by the Agency. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The casework supervisor shall have the minimum qualifications of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, psychology, childhood education, education counseling and psychology, or other human service or behavioral science field, with a minimum of two years of casework experience in a Child-Placing Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Executive Director or assistant director may perform this function if qualified.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(9)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The casework supervisor shall be responsible for the supervision of the placement services provided by the agency, and for the designation of approval for prospective adoptive and foster families and for assessing the appropriateness of the placement's room, board and watchful oversight capacity.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Caseworker(s). There shall be at least one caseworker employed by the Agency. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(10)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The caseworker shall have the minimum qualification of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(10)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The caseworker shall provide direct placement services and supervision following placements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(10)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A casework supervisor may perform this function.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(11)">(11)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annual Training. All supervisory and social service staff members, whether employees or contracted staff, must complete job-related training annually. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(11)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each supervisory and social service staff member employed or contracted by the agency to work more than twenty (20) hours per week shall be required to complete 15 hours of job-related training annually, as calculated from the employment date.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(11)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each supervisory or social service staff member employed or contracted for twenty (20) hours or less per week shall be required to complete 7 hours of job-related training annually, as calculated from the employment date.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(12)">(12)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Clerical Staff. There shall be clerical staff employed by the Agency as necessary to keep correspondence, records, bookkeeping and files current and organized.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)">(13)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personnel Policies. The Agency shall have written personnel policies which shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hiring and termination procedures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Job descriptions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for work performance evaluations conducted at least annually;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for staff training, including the use of behavior management techniques and emergency safety interventions; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(13)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for addressing concerns, disagreements and grievances of staff relating to the care of children.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)">(14)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personnel Files. There shall be a personnel file on each employee which shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Application for employment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A satisfactory criminal history background check completed in accordance with O.C.G.A. Secs. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-60&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-60</a>, <I>et seq.</I>, and a ten-year employment history;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of at least two professional, educational, or personal reference contacts that attest to the person's capabilities of performing the duties for which they are employed and to the person's suitability of working with or around children, with at least one of the reference contacts being a previous employer;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Satisfactory documentation of education and other qualifications prior to employment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date of employment or contract with the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Current job description;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annual performance evaluation reports and any records of discipline involving the inappropriate use of behavior management techniques or emergency safety interventions signed and dated by both the employee or contracted individual and the supervisor;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of participation in job-related training, including the dates of all such training, as required annually;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(14)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Letter of resignation or reason for termination;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(15)">(15)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contracted Social Service Staff. All contracted social service staff must meet the same qualifications as employees and have a contract file with all of the same items required for the personnel files of other Agency staff.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.04(16)">(16)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personnel practices shall conform to the written policies and to these rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.05" name="290-9-2-.05" title="290-9-2-.05">Rule 290-9-2-.05 Agency Policies and Procedures for Services</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Policy and Procedure Manual. The Agency shall have and comply with a written manual of operating policies and procedures in accordance with these rules and regulations regarding its services. The policies and procedures shall include, but need not be limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adoption services. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Services to birth parent(s) exploring surrender of a child for adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for termination of parental rights;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for accepting applications for adoption, for conducting home studies and for approval or disapproval of prospective adoptive homes and families;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for placements, supervising placements, completing required court reports and assistance in finalizing the adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Collection and refunding of fees; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Process for obtaining a criminal records check of each petitioner prior to the finalization of the adoption according to current Georgia law.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster Care Services. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for obtaining temporary custody or parental consent to provide foster care services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for accepting applications from prospective foster parent(s), conducting home studies, approval or disapproval of foster homes;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for supervising foster home placements to ensure that room, board and watchful oversight is provided;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Payment procedures for cost of care and other expenses to the foster parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provision of medical and dental care, allowance, clothing and other incidentals for children in foster care;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Parental visiting;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior management of children in care; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Process for obtaining a satisfactory criminal records check clearance of all foster parent(s) and other adults residing in the foster home prior to placing a child in the home, or of foster parent(s) to continue a child in foster care, as required by current Georgia law.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Financial policies and procedures including fees, payment schedules, and refunds;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Establishing, maintaining and storing of records and files;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Interstate and inter-country placement of children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The specific emergency safety intervention plan, including the emergency safety interventions that may be used; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The prohibition and reporting of child abuse.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to separation of a child from his home or family, the Agency shall require an assessment of the child's current situation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If it is determined that it is not in the child's best interest to remain with the birth parent(s)/guardians, they shall be required to be involved in the service planning so that the most appropriate form of placement for the child (foster family care, residential group care or adoption) can be determined.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to accepting a child from another state or prior to placing a child outside Georgia for temporary care or for adoption, the Agency's procedures shall comply with the applicable state laws and with the provisions of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), O.C.G.A. Chapter 39-4.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies providing adoptive services shall have policies and procedures in compliance with the provisions of the State Adoption statutes, O.C.G.A. Chapter 19-8.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall have written procedures for addressing concerns, disagreements, complaints and grievances of applicants.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agency practices shall conform to the written policies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.05(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever the Agency has reason to believe that a child in care has been subjected to child abuse it shall cause a report of such abuse to be made to the child welfare agency providing protective services as designated by the Department of Human Resources (Division of Family and Children Services) or in the absence of such an agency to an appropriate police authority or district attorney in accordance with the requirements of O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-7-5&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-7-5</a>. A copy of such report shall also be filed with the Office of Regulatory Services.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.06" name="290-9-2-.06" title="290-9-2-.06">Rule 290-9-2-.06 Adoption Services</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Orientation Information For Prospective Applicants.</B> Prior to the acceptance of an application or fees of any kind, the Agency shall provide information to prospective adoptive parent(s) to assist them in making an informed decision about applying to adopt. The information may be in the form of a written handout. The information shall include at least: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's adoption services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's eligibility requirements for adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the procedures involved with adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's fee schedule and refund policies;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The approximate time the assessment and adoption process will take; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The types of children available for adoption.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Additional Orientation for Applicants</B>. Once an application has been submitted by prospective adoptive parent(s), and prior to approval of the application, additional orientation information shall be supplied for the applicant(s), including but not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The legal procedures involved in adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The minimum requirements for a prospective adoptive home and the procedures for the home study;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The selection and placement process;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The process children use to locate birth parent(s), and the process birth parent(s) use to locate children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's grievance procedures; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's policies and procedures including those on behavior management techniques and emergency safety interventions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Home Study of the Prospective Adoptive Family.</B> The Agency shall make a written evaluation, or study, of each prospective adoptive family prior to the placement of a child in the home. If the applicant is approved, the required information shall be kept current, with modifications made as necessary if changes occur, until a placement is made. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This home study of the applicant for adoption services shall include at least three visits on separate days. At least one visit shall be in the home and the applicant and all other family members shall be seen and interviewed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prospective adoptive parent(s) shall be interviewed together as well as separately.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Dates of these visits and the name of the caseworker making the visits shall be documented in the home study.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The study shall include at least the following information concerning the prospective adoptive family: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The names, home address, and home phone number of the prospective adoptive family, as well as the work phone number of the prospective adoptive parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Motivation to adopt and the family members' attitude(s) toward childlessness;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of each family member, to include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date and place of birth;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Physical description;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Family background and history;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Current relationships with immediate and extended family members;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Social involvements; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)3.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personal characteristics, such as personality, and interests and hobbies;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of marriages and family life: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date and place of marriages, if applicable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> History and assessment of marital relationship;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Family patterns; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)4.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Previous marriages (verification of divorces, if applicable);</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of parenting practices: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of parenting knowledge, attitudes, and skills;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior management practices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child rearing practices; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)5.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Experience with children;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of physical and mental health needs and/or supports that may be required from external sources, such as an MRO: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)6.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Summary of health history and condition of each family member;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)6.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of a physical examination of the prospective adoptive parent applicants completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or a registered nurse with advanced training working under the direction of a physician, or the public health department, within 12 months prior to the completion of the home study;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)6.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement from a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or public health department regarding the general health status of other members of the prospective adoptive family, obtained within the 12 months prior to the completion of the home study; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)6.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An informal assessment of the emotional and mental health of each member of the prospective adoptive family;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of the understanding of and adjustment to adoptive parenting: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The understanding of adoption and how adoption will be handled with the child; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Attitude toward birth parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Understanding of how adoptive parenting is different from biological parenting;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Attitude toward rearing a child biologically not their own;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Understanding of the possibility of inherited traits and the influence of genetics vs. environment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Expectations of the adopted child, including intellectual and physical achievement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Understanding of loss in adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Attitudes of other children residing in the home and extended family members toward adoption; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)7.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The support network in place for the prospective adoptive family, including support systems for single parent families, if applicable;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of the prospective adoptive parent(s)' finances and occupation: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employment history of family members;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Combined annual income;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ability to provide financially for the family; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)8.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Projected financial impact of the addition of an adopted child to the home;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the home and community: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of the neighborhood;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Physical standards of the home, including space, and water supply and sewage disposal systems which, if other than public systems, have been approved by appropriate authorities;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement to verify that any domestic pets owned or residing with the family have been inoculated against rabies as required by law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement verifying that all firearms owned and in the home are locked away from children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement verifying that if a swimming pool is present at the home, it is fenced with a locked gate to prevent unsupervised access and that it meets all applicable community ordinances; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that smoke alarms are present and functioning on each level in the home;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Verification that gas heaters are vented to avoid fire and health hazards, with any unvented fuel-fired heaters equipped with oxygen depletion safety shut-off systems;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)9.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assessment of community resources, including accessibility of schools, religious institutions, recreation, and medical facilities;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement regarding the results of a criminal records check, as required by law, for each prospective adoptive parent(s). Where the individuals in the home have not resided in this state for the five years preceding their application to adopt, the Agency shall require additional documentation available through the state child welfare agency in which the applicant resided that the individuals are not listed on the child abuse and neglect registry.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A minimum of three character references: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)11.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least one reference must be from an extended family member not residing with the prospective adoptive family, and </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)11.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a prospective adoptive parent(s) has worked with children in the past five (5) years, a reference must be obtained from the former employer(s) for that work experience;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of the child the applicant will consider, including age, sex, ethnicity, and any physical, medical, or emotional parameters;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recommendation regarding approval as prospective adoptive parent(s), including description of any identified training or resource needs; and that the prospective adoptive parents possess the capacity to provide room, board and watchful oversight.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(d)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date the home study is completed and the name and signature of the person completing the study.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home Study Updates. For certain circumstances as described below, a home study may be updated in lieu of completion of an entirely new home study. At a minimum, a home study update must include at least one home visit, the applicant's current employment status, updated medical reports, changes in family composition, and any changes in types of children requested. Additional information may be required as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a family is approved for an adoption placement by a Georgia agency, and a child has not been placed with the family within one year of the date of the approval by that agency, there shall be documentation annually of the reason(s) a placement has not been made, and a home study update shall be completed prior to a placement being made;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a family is applying to adopt again after an initial adoption placement has resulted in a disruption, an update shall be completed and include information about the cause(s) of the previous disruption; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An update of a home study from another state or from another Georgia agency shall require at least one home visit with all family members present and shall include additionally an evaluation of the physical standards of the home.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subsequent Home Studies. When a family is applying to adopt again after an initial placement has been made with that family, a subsequent home study shall be completed, which may contain the original home study for information which has not changed since that study, but must at a minimum include additionally: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least one additional home visit since the time of the previous placement; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The applicant's current employment status;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Updated medical reports;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Changes in family composition;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any changes in types of children requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An evaluation of the prospective adoptive parent(s)' adjustment to parenthood; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(f)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A re-evaluation of parenting skills, knowledge, and techniques.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Decision on Approval. A decision on approval of a prospective adoptive family shall be made within 60 days of the last contact with the applicant or there shall be documentation in the record to explain any delay. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(g)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Applicants shall be notified in writing within ten (10) working days following the Agency's decision of their approval or disapproval as a prospective adoptive family.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(3)(g)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A narrative that clearly indicates the reason(s) a family was not accepted or did not have a child placed shall be included in the record of an unapproved applicant.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Services to the Birth Family and Child.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall offer and document services to both birth parent(s), including counseling and referral to other agencies when needed, to assist in determining the best plan of care for their child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency and the birth parent(s) shall enter into a written agreement as early in the working relationship as possible specifying the services to be provided and the responsibilities and expectations of each party.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once an agreement has been established with the birth parent(s), the Agency's commitment to an appropriate placement of that child shall be irrevocable unless the birth parent(s) fail to abide by the terms of the agreement or it is determined by the Agency in good faith that the child cannot be legally freed for adoption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Agency shall not provide inducements to the birth parent(s) to surrender the child by any financial assistance, either direct or indirect, from whatever source or use coercion to influence their decision to either make an adoption plan or parent the child. The birth parent(s) shall sign an affidavitthat includes an itemized accounting of all expenses paid or reimbursed pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-24&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-24</a>. The birth parent(s) and the Agency shall sign affidavits that include an itemized accounting of the payment or reimbursement of all expenses to the birth parent(s) such as: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Medical expenses directly related to a biological mother's pregnancy and hospitalization for the birth of the child and medical care for the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Counseling services or legal services for a biological parent directly related to the placement by the parent of his or her child for adoption;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reasonable living expenses for the biological mother; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any other financial assistance paid or reimbursed to the birth parent(s).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall obtain medical and social background information for each birth parent such as name, age, nationality, religion, education, and occupation. Information to determine whether there are any significant hereditary facts or pathology, including illnesses of the birth parent(s) and their families, that might affect the child's normal development, shall be included in the background information.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a birth mother refuses to disclose the name of the biological father, the record shall reflect the fact that she was advised of the legal consequence of non-disclosure of the name of the biological father.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a birth mother indicates that the identity of the biological father is unknown to her, the record shall reflect the fact that she was advised of the consequences of such a response and shall also reflect the reason why his identity is unknown to her.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever rights to a child are surrendered to the Department, a Child-Placing Agency, or an out-of-state licensed agency, a copy of the executed surrender documents shall be provided to the parent(s) at the time of the signing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The birth parent(s) shall have the right to revoke the surrender of a child within four days after signing such surrender in accordance with O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-9&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-9</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requirements and procedures for any reimbursement of funds to the agency from the birth parent(s) in the event of a withdrawal or revocation of consent shall be made available in writing to the birth parent(s) and shall be discussed during initial interviews. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(j)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requiring reimbursement for Agency operational expenses is prohibited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(j)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If there is no required reimbursement of funds, a statement signed by the birth parent(s) and the Agency representative to that effect shall be in the file.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall accept a surrender of a child for adoption only after a thorough study has been made to determine: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(k)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the birth parent(s) signing the surrender understands the meaning and consequences of surrender and of consent to adoption procedures, including time limitations for withdrawal or revocation of consent;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(k)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That all facts relative to the biological or legal father are a part of the record;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(k)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That adoption is in the child's best interest; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(k)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the written consent of a child who is 14 years of age or older to his or her adoption is given and acknowledged in the presence of the court and is made a part of the record.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A surrender shall not be accepted prior to the birth of the child, nor within 24 hours after the birth of the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The surrender of parental rights of the birth parents shall be executedunder oath and in the presence of a notary public and an adult witness.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A surrender of parental rights of the birth parents shall not be accepted without the benefit of legal representation or action when: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(n)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the Agency's opinion the birth parent(s) appear incapable of exercising informed judgment; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(n)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The birth parent(s) refuses to sign a surrender or assume responsibility for the child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(o)">(o)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall assure that a surrender of parental rights of the birth parents is executed in accordance with the provisions of the O.C.G.A. Chapter 19-8.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(p)">(p)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall be responsible for any legal services necessary for the termination of the parental rights of the biological or legal father, if applicable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(q)">(q)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When an Agency accepts surrender of a child from a birth parent, the Agency shall assume primary responsibility for the child, including care and support, until the final decree of adoption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(r)">(r)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Birth parent(s) shall be informed of Georgia's Adoption Reunion Registry and their legal rights to enter either a consent to contact or affidavit of nondisclosure should their child placed for adoption ever request contact with them upon reaching age eighteen (18) or older.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)">(s)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Records for the birth parent(s) and child shall contain: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, address, social security number, telephone number and marital status of the birth parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Social history of the family;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A report of the circumstances precipitating the Agency's involvement with the birth parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agreement for services to birth parent(s) and child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Plan of care for the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Health history of the birth parent(s) and child including a health examination of the child within one year prior to date of placement. Such examination shall be done by a medical doctor, physician's assistant, or a registered nurse with advanced training working under the direction of a physician, or public health department;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, sex, race, birth date and birthplace of the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Legal documents including verified birth certificate, court order, agreements, surrenders, consents, etc.;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of the surrender or termination of parental rights of the birth parents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation that birth parent(s) were informed of Georgia's Adoption Reunion Registry and of how they could register their wishes on the Registry; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(4)(s)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of contacts with or made on behalf of the birth parent(s) and child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Services to the Biological Father Who Is Not a Legal Father of the Child.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall offer and document services to the biological father who is not a legal father of the child, if applicable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall obtain medical and social background information for the biological father who is not a legal father such as name, age, nationality, religion, education, and occupation. Information to determine whether there are any significant hereditary facts or pathology, including illnesses of the biological father who is not a legal father and his families, which might affect the child's normal development, shall be included in the background information.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever rights are surrendered to the Department, a Child-Placing Agency, or an out-of-state licensed agency, a copy of the executed surrender documents shall be provided at the signing to the biological father who is not a legal father.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The biological father who is not a legal father shall have the right to revoke the surrender of the child within four days after signing such surrender in accordance with O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-9&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-9</a>. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall accept a surrender of a child for adoption only after a thorough study has been made to determine: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the biological father who is not the legal father signing the surrender understands the meaning and consequences of surrender and of consent to adoption procedures, including time limitations for withdrawal or revocation of consent; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That all available information relative to the biological father who is not a legal father is a part of the record. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A biological father who is not a legal father of a child may execute a surrender of his rights to the child prior to the birth of the child for the purpose of an adoption pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The surrender of rights by the biological father who is not a legal father shall be executedunder oath and in the presence of a notary public and an adult witness.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A surrender of rights shall not be accepted from the biological father who is not a legal father without the benefit of legal representation or action when: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the Agency's opinion the biological father who is not a legal father appears to be incapable of exercising informed judgment; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(h)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The biological father who is not a legal father refuses to sign a surrender.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall assure that a surrender of rights by the biological father who is not a legal father is executed in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. Chapter 19-8.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The biological father who is not a legal father shall be informed of Georgia's Adoption Reunion Registry and his legal rights to enter either a consent to contact or affidavit of nondisclosure should his child placed for adoption ever request contact with him upon reaching age eighteen (18) or older.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Records for the biological father who is not a legal father shall contain, if available: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> His name, address, social security number, telephone number and marital status;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A report of the circumstances precipitating the Agency's involvement with him;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> His health history;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of the surrender or termination of his rights to the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation that he was informed of Georgia's Adoption Reunion Registry and of how he could register his wishes on the Registry; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(5)(k)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of contacts made with or made on behalf of him.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Services Prior to An Adoption Placement.</B> These services are provided after an applicant has been approved, and prior to the placement of a child for adoption. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall consider a child's racial, cultural, ethnic, and religious heritage and preserve them to the extent possible without jeopardizing the child's right for placement and care.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children of the same family shall be kept together when possible unless it has been determined through casework services that this is not desirable. If not in the best interest of the children involved, the reasons shall be documented in the records.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall discuss children for potential adoption with the approved prospective adoptive family and shall prepare the prospective adoptive family for the placement of a particular child or children, by anticipating the adjustments and problems that may arise during and after placement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All available information about the child's development and background shall be shared in writing with the prospective adoptive parent(s).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A copy of the written health history shall be given to the prospective adoptive parent(s) for their use with the child's physician.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of these disclosures shall be included in the case record.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The child shall be seen by the prospective adoptive parent(s) prior to the signing of the placement agreement, and this event shall be documented in the case record. For intercountry adoptions, this rule shall not apply if the Agency does not have custody of the child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Services Following An Adoption Placement.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency caseworker shall make at least two home visits after the placement of the child and prior to the filing of the petition for adoption. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The first home visit may be made at any time within 30 days after the placement of the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There shall be a minimum of two weeks between the required home visits for a child age twelve (12) months or younger.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There shall be a minimum of 30 days between the required home visits for a child over the age of twelve (12) months.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home visits shall be made with the prospective adoptive family at least once a month prior to the filing of a petition for adoption to verify that the prospective parent(s) are delivering care in a safe and healthy environment to the children in accordance with these rules and regulations and relevant Agency policies and procedures. Such visits shall include observation of the child and at least one prospective adoptive parent in the home.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When foster parent(s) are adopting their foster child, the foster parents may proceed with the filing of the petition prior to any home visits.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a petition for adoption is not granted within 90 days after filing, the Agency shall make additional home visits at least quarterly until a final order has been entered on the petition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of home visits will be maintained in both the prospective adoptive family's and the child's file. Documentation of home visits should include but not be limited to a summary of the entire family's adjustment to the prospective adoptive placement, any problem or issue that has arisen, and the resolution of the problem or issue.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall explain to the prospective adoptive family the requirement that the prospective adoptive family engage an attorney of its choice for finalization of the adoption.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency, when appointed as the agent by the court, shall help complete the adoption as required by the Superior Court through preparation and presentation of the written court report. A copy of the court report shall be filed with the state Office of Adoptions. Copies of the state birth verification and the court report shall be retained by the Agency in the adoption record. Any requests, consents or objections for the name of a biological parent to be released to an adopted individual shall be filed with the State Adoption Unit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(7)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In an interstate adoption placement where Georgia is the state of origin, the requirements for services following an adoption placement may be met by fulfilling the requirements of the receiving state.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Inter-country Adoptions.</B> When an Agency is participating in inter-country adoptions, the following requirements must be met in addition to other requirements contained in these rules: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Agency participating in prospective inter-country adoptions, whether as a sponsoring agency or by the provision of home studies, shall abide by all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including immigration laws and those relating to inter-country agreements concerning adoptions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where written agreements exist, an Agency shall retain copies of all agreements with foreign countries and English translations of those agreements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A sponsoring agency for a prospective inter-country adoption shall retain documentation that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The child is legally freed for adoption in the country of origin; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All information about supervision after placement required by the country of origin has been provided prior to the finalization of the adoption.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Agency participating in prospective inter-country adoption placements where the United States is the country of origin shall document that the following processes have occurred before the child leaves Georgia: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There has been termination of parental rights as required by the receiving country; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There has been termination of rights by the biological father who is not the legal father, if applicable; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There has been a determination of legal responsibility for the child in the new country; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There has been validation that all the requirements for the adoption to occur in the foreign country can be satisfied. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A sponsoring agency shall provide and document orientation for prospective adoptive parent(s) in issues related to inter-country adoptions, including but not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adoption requirements of the country of origin;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Health issues of the country of origin;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Institutional disorders; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Developmental delay.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A sponsoring agency shall document the provision of the following information to prospective adoptive parent(s): <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Which countries finalize adoptions abroad, and which require that the adoption be finalized in the United States;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information about the physical and mental health of the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information regarding domestication of the foreign adoption decree; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information regarding obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall apply the same standards for home study for prospective inter-country placements as for other placements in Georgia and shall meet any federal requirements for the home study.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies providing inter-country adoption services, whether as a sponsoring agency, through the provision of home studies, or in any other capacity, shall disclose promptly to prospective adoptive parent(s) any information that is or becomes available which may affect their adoption placement, including but not limited to any suspension of the adoption program by the foreign country.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(8)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies providing inter-country adoption services shall provide all applicants with policies governing refunds when adoption services that have been promised have not been rendered or when there is a disruption of services that may nullify an adoption.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Maintenance of Adoption Records.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall maintain a record for each applicant for adoption services, to contain the application and other information collected by the Agency pertaining to the applicant including but not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The home study and all documents required by the home study, such as criminal records checks;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon placement of a child in the home, a signed agreement as to the terms of the placement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A copy of the information given to the parent(s) concerning the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All legal documents pertaining to the adoption; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A summary narrative on the pre-placement and post-placement contacts with the prospective adoptive family and the adopted child. Entries shall be dated and shall identify the caseworker making the contacts.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adoption records shall be maintained permanently following finalization of the adoption. Immediately upon receipt of the final order or certificate of adoption, each individual record shall be sealed and secured from unauthorized scrutiny in accordance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-8-23&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-8-23</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For adoptions finalized after the effective date of these rules, the adoption records shall be converted to non-paper format, such as microfilm or computer format, within six months from the date of finalization of the adoption. The format type and date must be clearly labeled on the exterior of the record container.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Records of evaluation of applicants for adoption services which do not result in the finalization of an adoption shall be maintained for at least one year following date of written notification to applicants of their unapproved status.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All adoption records shall be stored in fireproof file cabinets.or maintained electronically in accordance with policies that protect against fire and theft, ensure access to authorized users, and provide safeguards against access by unauthorized users.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(9)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All records relating to adoption shall be kept confidential.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Behavior Management and Emergency Safety Interventions.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child training, behavior management, and emergency safety interventions may be administered by the prospective adoptive parent(s) when appropriate and shall be appropriate for the child's age, intelligence, emotional makeup, and past experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The use of positive techniques for child training and behavior management shall be encouraged and supported by the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior Management. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall make available to prospective adoptive parent(s) information on the kinds of behavioral problems of the children that might arise and appropriate techniques of behavior management for dealing with such behaviors.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following forms of behavior management shall not be used by prospective adoptive parent(s) receiving services through the licensed agency; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assignment of excessive or unreasonable work tasks;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of meals and hydration;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of sleep;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of shelter, clothing, or essential personal needs;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of essential services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Verbal abuse, ridicule, or humiliation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Restraint, manual holds, and seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Corporal punishment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Seclusion or confinement of a child in a room or area which may reasonably be expected to cause physical or emotional damage to the child; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)2.(x)">(x)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Seclusion or confinement of a child to a room or area for periods longer than those appropriate to the child's age, intelligence, emotional makeup and previous experience, or confinement to a room or area without the supervision or monitoring necessary to ensure the child's safety and well-being.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children shall not be permitted to participate in the behavior management of other children.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies shall submit to the Department electronically or by facsimile a report within 24 hours, whenever the Agency becomes aware of an incident, which results in any injury to a child requiring medical treatment beyond first aid that is received by a child as a result of or in connection with any behavior management or emergency safety intervention. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall take appropriate corrective action when it becomes aware of or observes the use of prohibited forms of behavior management, as specified in sections .06(10)(c)2. through (xi) or inappropriate emergency safety interventions. Documentation of the incident and the corrective action taken by the Agency shall be maintained in the case records of the child and family.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prospective adoptive parent(s) shall be made aware of each child's known or apparent medical and psychological conditions and family history, as evidenced by written acknowledgement of such awareness, to ensure that the prospective adoptive parent(s) have adequate knowledge to deliver safe and healthy care to the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.06(10)(c)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall require the prospective adoptive parent(s) to report to the agency within 24 hours whenever a child receiving services through the Agency requires medical attention as a result of or in connection with the use of a behavior management techniques or emergency safety interventions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.07" name="290-9-2-.07" title="290-9-2-.07">Rule 290-9-2-.07 Foster Care Services</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster care shall be considered only after it has been established that it is necessary for the physical and/or emotional well-being of the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No more than 6 children under the age of 19 may reside in a foster home.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Orientation Prior to Foster Care Application. The Agency shall provide orientation information in person or in written form to prospective foster parent(s) to assist them in making an informed decision about applying to become a foster parent. The format of the orientation must be documented in the applicant's file. The orientation information must include at least the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's purpose and a listing of services provided;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the approval process for foster parenting;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The minimum requirements for foster parenting including the limits to the number of children in the home;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The roles and responsibilities of foster parent(s), including the provision of room, board and watchful oversight;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of children served by the Agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Support services available for foster parent(s);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General information regarding financial reimbursement for expenses in foster care; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(3)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Policies and procedures regarding appropriate behavior management and emergency safety interventions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Training for Prospective Foster Parent(s). Once an application to become a foster parent has been submitted, and prior to the approval of an applicant for placement of a child in foster care, the agency shall provide and document training for the applicant in at least the following topics: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's grievance policies and procedures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The annual training requirements for foster parent(s), including the requirement of at least fifteen (15) hours of training relevant to the type of child placed or to be placed in the foster home if the child is more than 12 months old. For parent(s) providing foster care for children under 12 months of age, the foster parent shall have at least eight (8) hours of training.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's policies and procedures for behavior management techniques and emergency safety interventions for children in foster care;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child abuse recognition, reporting, and investigation procedures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Characteristics of children served and their developmental needs, including special needs when applicable; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(4)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's policies and procedures for handling medical emergencies (conditions or situations which threaten life, limb, or continued functioning), and managing use of medications by children in care.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Minimum Requirements for Prospective Foster Families. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home Study. The Agency shall make a thorough evaluation of each prospective foster family and document this evaluation in a foster home study report which shall be updated as changes in the required home study information occur and include at least the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The names of family members, the family address and telephone number, drivers' license numbers, and proof of automobile insurance as applicable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The motivation for foster parenting, including but not limited to attitude toward childlessness;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of family members, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date and place of birth;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Physical description;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Family background and history;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Current relationships with immediate and extended family members;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Social involvements;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personal characteristics; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(vii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Personality;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(vii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Interests and hobbies; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)3.(vii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emotional stability.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of marriages and family life: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Verified date and place of marriage, if applicable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assessment of marital relationship;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Family interaction patterns; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)4.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Previous marriages.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of parenting practices: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of parenting knowledge, attitudes and skills;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Current behavior management practices; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Current child-rearing practices.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of physical and mental health needs and/or supports that maybe required from external sources, such as an MRO: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Health history and condition of family members;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of a physical examination of the foster parent applicants completed by a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or a registered nurse with advanced training working under the direction of a physician, or the public health department, within 12 months prior to the completion of the home study;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement from a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or public health department regarding the general health status of other members of the prospective adoptive family, obtained within the 12 months prior to the completion of the home study;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evaluation of emotional and mental health status of each member of the prospective foster family; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)6.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Screening for tuberculosis and venereal disease for prospective foster parent(s) and children 16 years of age and older living in the prospective foster home.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Understanding of and adjustment to foster parenting: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Understanding of the role of a foster parent and the issues in caring for foster children;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster family's attitude toward the parent(s) of the foster children including parental visits in their home;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Expectations of the foster child, including intellectual and physical achievement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Anticipated adjustment of each foster family member to a foster child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Willingness to cooperate with the placement agency; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)7.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Support network in place for the foster family, including support systems for single parent families, if applicable;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Finances and occupations of family members: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employment history, including whether the home is a registered family day care home or operating any other business or service out of the home that might have an impact on health and safety of the children in care;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Financial stability of the family;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Possible financial impact of the addition of a foster child to the home;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home and community: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of neighborhood;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Physical standards of the home, including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Space and sleeping arrangements, such that:</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Only bedrooms are used as sleeping space for children,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A maximum of two (2) children sleep in a double or larger bed, and only if they are of the same sex and under 5 years of age,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No child over one (1) year of age sleeps in a room with an adult,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children over three (3) years of age of different sexes do not share a bedroom,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children sleep in a bedroom with adequate space for clothing and personal possessions,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(VII)">(VII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The home is maintained in a condition to ensure the health and safety of children,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(VIII)">(VIII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hazardous items are not accessible to children,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(IX)">(IX)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement as to whether or not there are firearms kept in the home and if so, all firearms owned and in the home are locked away from children,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(X)">(X)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement as to whether or not there is a swimming pool on the premises, and if a swimming pool is present at the home, it is fenced with a locked gate to prevent unsupervised access and it meets all applicable community ordinances,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(XI)">(XI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each level of the home is equipped with a functional smoke alarm,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(XII)">(XII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Water supply and sewage disposal systems which, if other than public systems, have been approved by appropriate authorities,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(XIII)">(XIII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Domestic pets owned or residing with the family have been inoculated against rabies as required by law, and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(ii)(XIV)">(XIV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Gas heaters are vented to avoid fire and health hazards, with any un-vented, fuel-fired heaters equipped with oxygen depletion safety shut-off systems.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)9.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assessment of community resources, including accessibility of schools, churches, recreation, medical facilities and mental health facilities;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Religion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement regarding the results of a criminal records check, as required by law, for each prospective foster parent(s) and any adult residing in the home. Where the individuals in the home have not resided in this state for the five years preceding their application to foster, the Agency shall require additional documentation available through the state child welfare agency in which the applicant resided that the individuals are not listed on the child abuse and neglect registry.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pre-service training the prospective foster parent and/or family may have received;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A minimum of three (3) character references: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)13.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least one reference shall be from an extended family member not residing with the prospective foster family; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)13.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the prospective foster parent has either served previously as a foster parent for another agency, and/or been employed within the past five (5) years in a job involving the care of children, at least one reference must be from the former agency or employer.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description of the type of child desired by the prospective foster family;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)15.">15.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The date the study is completed and the name and signature of the person completing the study; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(a)16.">16.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recommendation regarding approval as prospective foster parent(s), including description of any identified training or resource needs; and that the prospective foster parents possess the capacity to provide room, board and watchful oversight.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notification of Approval. Potential foster parent(s) shall be notified in writing as to whether or not their application has been approved.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Location of Foster Homes. Foster homes used by the Agency shall be located within a reasonable travel distance from the Agency so as to be accessible for regular visits by family and Agency staff.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Services Prior to Foster Care Placement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The selection of a foster home for a particular child shall be based on an assessment of the child's total needs and how well a particular home can meet the child's needs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children of the same family shall be kept together when possible unless it has been determined through casework services that this is not desirable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Placement considerations shall include the potential for children's participation in religious and cultural activities in accordance with their cultural ethnic heritage.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall discuss the prospective foster placement with the foster family and shall prepare the foster family for the placement of a particular child by anticipating the adjustments and problems that may arise during placement and any specialized services to be provided. This discussion shall be documented in the case record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pre-placement activities between child and foster family shall be documented in the case record of the child and family.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complete written placement agreement(s) shall be developed with the involvement of the child, the foster parent(s), the parent(s) or guardian(s), and the placing agency representative and signed by all adult parties; such agreement(s) shall include the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written authorization to care for the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written authorization to obtain medical care for the child;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(6)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall have a written agreement with the foster parent regarding its policies as to payment of board, arrangements for medical care, clothing, incidental expenses, visits by parent(s), discipline, advance notices for removal when placements are terminated by foster parent and emergency procedures.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Services During the Foster Care Placement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A plan of care, or case plan, for the foster child and the foster family shall be developed within 30 days from the date of placement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The case plan shall be reevaluated for appropriateness in a case review conference at least every 6 months.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The involvement of the child, foster parent, Agency representative and, when appropriate the legal custody holder, shall be documented in the case plan.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The case plan shall include, but not be limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reason for present foster care placement;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Statement of preliminary plans for discharge;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Statements of any special care and services that will be arranged for or provided directly;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Statements of time-limited goals and objectives for the child and family and methods of achieving them and evaluating them, and: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Designation of responsibility for carrying out objectives with child, birth parent(s), foster parent(s), and Agency representative;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A method for evaluating and changing goals as needed.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A visitation plan, with any changes to the plan documented: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for visits between parent(s) and children shall be made, except where the parental rights have been terminated or where it is documented that visits are detrimental to the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(b)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The parent(s) and the child shall be informed of the visitation plan.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When the agency has a written contract with a state human services agency to provide home finding services only, and the state agency has prepared a case plan for the child and family, then the contracting Child-Placing Agency shall not be required to complete an additional case plan. The Child-Placing Agency must document that a case plan is in place at the time of placement of the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall provide for a complete health and dental program for each child including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A physical examination of the child shall be provided within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of placement. If the child is being moved from a previous placement by a licensed agency or state agency, results from an examination completed within one year prior to the new placement shall be accepted for this requirement as long as there appears to be no obvious change in health status;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A general dental examination of a child over the age of three (3) years shall be provided for unless such an examination has been completed within 6 months prior to placement. Such examinations shall be done by either a dentist or a licensed dental hygienist;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Correction/improvement of health and dental defects (including an annual physical examination and a semiannual dental examination);</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Immunizations appropriate for the age of the child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall provide opportunity for academic and/or vocational training for each child in accordance with his ability and aptitude and as required by the school attendance laws of the state.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home visits shall be conducted by the Agency at least monthly in order to verify that the foster parent(s) are delivering care and room, board and watchful oversight in a safe and healthy environment to the children, in accordance with these rules and regulations and Agency policies and procedures. Such visits shall include observation of the foster child with at least one of the foster parent(s).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall provide an annual evaluation of the strengths and needs of the foster family and assessment of the best way to maximize the foster care experience for the foster family and the children placed with them. This evaluation shall be shared with the foster family as evidenced by the signature of the foster parent(s) on the evaluation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of supervision of the placement by the agency shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Adjustment of the child to the foster family and vice versa;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Progress made on service plan goals;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any new problems that have arisen and the actions taken toward a solution of those problems;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contacts and issues with other resources and community agencies (i.e., MRO) serving the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agency updates reassessing the appropriateness of the foster care placement whenever a significant change occurs in the home, to ensure that care and room, board and watchful oversight continue s to be delivered in a safe and healthy environment in accordance with these rules and regulations and agency policies and procedures.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(h)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation that the foster parent(s) have received the required clock hours of training annually following the initial foster placement, with the training being relevant to the type(s) of children placed in the foster home.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(7)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Termination of Agency care shall be determined by casework study and planning with the child and his family and/or the court or local public Agency responsible for the child.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior Management and Emergency Safety Interventions in Foster Care. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child training and behavior management may be administered by the foster parent(s) when appropriate and shall be appropriate for the child's age, intelligence, emotional makeup, and past experience.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster parents shall supervise the foster children placed in their homes and utilize appropriate behavior management techniques to assist the foster children in meeting service plan goals.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior Management. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall develop and implement policies and procedures on behavior management. Such policies and procedures shall set forth the types of children served in accordance with its program purpose, the anticipated behavioral problems of the children, and acceptable methods of managing such problems.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such behavior management policies and procedures shall incorporate the following minimum requirements: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior management principles and techniques shall be used in accordance with written policies and procedures governing service expectations, service plan goals, safety, security, and these rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Behavior management shall be limited to the least restrictive appropriate method in accordance with the prohibitions as specified in these rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following forms of behavior management are prohibited and shall not be used: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assignment of excessive or unreasonable work tasks;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of meals and hydration;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of sleep;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of shelter, clothing, or essential personal needs;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of essential services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Verbal abuse, ridicule, or humiliation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Restraint, manual holds, and seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denial of communication and visits with family unless restricted by case plan or court order;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Corporal punishment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(x)">(x)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Seclusion of a child or children in a room or area which may reasonably be expected to cause physical or emotional damage to the child (e.g., small closet, crawl space, cabinet, etc.); or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)3.(xi)">(xi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Seclusion of a child or children to a room or area for periods longer than those appropriate to the child's age, intelligence, emotional makeup and previous experience, or confinement to a room or area without the supervision or monitoring necessary to ensure the child's safety and well-being.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children shall not be permitted to participate in the behavior management of other children.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies shall submit to the Department electronically or by facsimile a report within 24 hours whenever the Agency becomes aware of an incident which results in any injury of a child requiring medical treatment beyond first aid that is received by a child as a result of or in connection with any behavior management or emergency safety intervention.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall take appropriate corrective action when it becomes aware of or observes the use of prohibited forms of behavior management, as specified in sections .07(8)(c)(i) through (xi). Documentation of the incident and the corrective action taken by the Agency shall be maintained in the case records of the child and family.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(c)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall require any foster parent(s) to report to the agency within 24 hours whenever a child receiving services through the Agency requires medical attention beyond first aid as a result of or in connection with the use of behavior management techniques or emergency safety interventions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency Safety Interventions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When it can be reasonably anticipated from a child's behavioral history, that a child may likely require the use of emergency safety interventions to keep either the child or others safe from immediate physical harm, the staff and therapeutic foster parent(s) working with such child shall be trained in emergency safety interventions utilizing a nationally recognized training program in emergency safety interventions which has been approved by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency safety interventions shall only be used when less restrictive means of dealing with the injurious behavior have not proven successful or may subject the child or others to greater risk of injury. Emergency safety interventions shall not include the use of any restraint or manual hold that would potentially impair the child's ability to breathe or has been determined to be inappropriate for use on a particular child due to a documented medical or psychological condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall have and enforce written policies and procedures for the appropriate use of emergency safety interventions that shall apply to both foster and therapeutic foster parent(s), a copy of which shall be provided to and discussed with each child (as appropriate taking into account the child's age and intellectual development) and the child's foster parent(s) prior to or at the time of placement. Emergency safety intervention policies and procedures shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for the documentation of an assessment at placement and at each annual exam by the child's physician, a physician's assistant, or a registered nurse with advanced training working under the direction of a physician, or a public health department that reflects that there are no medical issues that would be incompatible with the appropriate use of emergency safety interventions on that child. Such assessment and documentation must be re-evaluated following any significant change in the child's medical condition; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for the documentation and reporting of each use of an emergency safety intervention by a therapeutic foster parent including: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date and description of the precipitating incident;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of the de-escalation techniques used prior to the emergency safety intervention, if applicable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Environmental considerations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Therapeutic foster parent(s) or staff members participating in the emergency safety intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any witnesses to the precipitating incident and subsequent intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Exact emergency safety intervention used;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(VII)">(VII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of the 15 minute interval visual monitoring of a child in seclusion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(VIII)">(VIII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Beginning and ending time of the intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(IX)">(IX)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Outcome of the intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(X)">(X)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Detailed description of any injury arising from the incident or intervention; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(ii)(XI)">(XI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Summary of any medical care provided.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions for prohibiting manual hold use by any staff or therapeutic foster parent(s) not trained in prevention and use of emergency safety interventions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency safety interventions may be used to prevent runaway only when the child presents an imminent threat of physical harm to self or others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agency staff and foster parent(s) shall be aware of each child's known or apparent medical and psychological conditions (e.g., obvious health issues, list of medications, history of physical abuse, etc.), as evidenced by written acknowledgement of such awareness, to ensure that an emergency safety intervention that is utilized does not pose a danger to the physical or mental health of the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children shall not be allowed to participate in the emergency safety intervention of other children.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Immediately following the conclusion of the emergency safety intervention and hourly thereafter for a period of at least four hours where the child is with a staff member or foster parent, the child's behavior will be assessed, monitored, and documented to ensure that the child does not appear to be exhibiting symptoms that would be associated with an injury. Authority O.C.G.A. §§ <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-8&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-8</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-12&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-12</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At a minimum, the emergency safety intervention program that is utilized by staff and foster parent(s) shall include the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Techniques for de-escalating problem behavior including child, staff and foster parent debriefings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appropriate use of emergency safety interventions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recognizing aggressive behavior that may be related to a medical condition;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Awareness of physiological impact of a restraint on the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recognizing signs and symptoms of positional and compression asphyxia and restraint associated cardiac arrest;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Instructions as to how to monitor the breathing, verbal responsiveness, and motor control of a child who is the subject of an emergency safety intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appropriate self-protection techniques;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Policies and procedures relating to using manual holds, including the prohibition of any technique that would potentially impair a child's ability to breathe;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agency policies and reporting requirements;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(x)">(x)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Alternatives to restraint;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xi)">(xi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Avoiding power struggles;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xii)">(xii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Escape and evasion techniques;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xiii)">(xiii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Time limits for the use of restraint and seclusion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xiv)">(xiv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Process for obtaining approval for continual restraints and seclusion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xv)">(xv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures to address problematic restraints;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xvi)">(xvi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xvii)">(xvii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Investigation of injuries and complaints;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xviii)">(xviii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Monitoring physical signs of distress and obtaining medical assistance; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)8.(xix)">(xix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Legal issues.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The emergency safety intervention training for foster parent(s) who are approved to care for children who are likely to require the use of emergency safety interventions shall be recorded in the child's record showing the cause for the emergency safety intervention, the emergency safety intervention used, and, if needed, approval by the executive director, the casework supervisor, and the physician who has responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of the child's behavior.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agencies shall submit to the Department electronically or by facsimile a report within 24 hours whenever the Agency becomes aware of an incident which results in injury to a child requiring medical treatment beyond first aid that is received by a child as a result of or in connection with any emergency safety intervention. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)10.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For any agency with 20 or more foster placement homes, serving children who are likely to require the use of emergency safety interventions, any 30-day period in which three or more instances of emergency safety interventions of a specific child occurred and/or whenever the agency has had a total of 10 emergency safety interventions for all children in care within the 30-day period; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)10.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For any agency with less than 20 foster placement homes, serving children who are likely to require the use of emergency safety interventions, of a specific child occurred and/or whenever the agency has had a total of five instances for all children in care within the 30-day period.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Agency staff and foster parents shall submit a written report to the executive director on the use of any emergency safety intervention immediately after the conclusion of the intervention. A copy of such report shall be maintained in the child's file.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least once per quarter, the agency, utilizing a master agency emergency safety intervention log and the child's case record, shall review the use of all emergency safety interventions for each child and foster therapeutic placement, including the type of intervention used and the length of time of each use, to determine whether there was a clinically therapeutic basis for the intervention, whether the use of the emergency safety intervention was warranted, whether any alternatives were considered or employed, the effectiveness of the intervention or alternative, and the need for additional training. Written documentation of all such reviews shall be maintained. Where the agency identifies opportunities for improvement as a result of such reviews or otherwise, the agency shall implement these changes through an effective quality improvement plan.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No later than January 1, 2007 and ongoing thereafter, all foster parent(s) who likely may require the use of emergency safety interventions, because of the identified needs of the children being served, shall have evidence of having satisfactorily completed a nationally recognized training program for emergency safety interventions to protect children and others from injury, which has been approved by the Department and taught by an appropriately certified trainer in such program.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Manual Holds. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency safety interventions utilizing manual holds require at least one trained staff member or foster parent(s) to carry out the hold. Emergency safety interventions utilizing prone restraints require at least two trained staff members or foster parent(s) to carry out the hold.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency safety interventions utilized by any staff or foster parent shall not include the use of any restraint or manual hold that would potentially impair the child's ability to breathe or has been determined to be inappropriate for use on a particular child due to a documented medical or psychological condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a manual hold is used upon any child whose primary mode of communication is sign language, the child shall be permitted to have his or her hands free from restraint for brief periods during the intervention, except when such freedom may result in physical harm to the child or others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the use of a manual hold exceeds 15 consecutive minutes, the executive director or his or her designee, who possesses at least the qualifications of the executive director and has been fully trained in the agency's emergency safety intervention plan, shall be contacted by a two-way communications device or in person and determine that the continuation of the manual hold is appropriate under the circumstances. Documentation of any consultations and outcomes shall be maintained for each application of a manual hold that exceeds 15 minutes. Manual holds shall not be permitted to continue if the restraint is determined to pose an undue risk to the child's health given the child's physical or mental condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A manual hold may not continue for more than 30 minutes at any one time without the consultation as specified in subparagraph (2) of this subparagraph, and under no circumstances may a manual hold be used for more than one hour total within a 24-hour period.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the use of a manual hold on a child reaches a total of one hour within a 24-hour period, the staff shall reconsider alternative treatment strategies, document same, and consider notifying the authorities or transporting the child to a hospital or mental health facility for evaluation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)14.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The child's breathing, verbal responsiveness, and motor control shall be continuously monitored during any manual hold. Written summaries of the monitoring by a trained staff member or foster parent not currently directly involved in the manual hold shall be recorded every 15 minutes during the duration of the restraint. If only one trained staff member or trained foster parent is involved in the restraint and no other trained staff member or parent is available, written summaries of the monitoring of the manual hold shall be recorded as soon as is practicable, but no later than one hour after the conclusion of the restraint.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.">15.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Seclusion. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If used, seclusion procedures in excess of thirty (30) minutes must be approved by the executive director or designee. No child shall be placed in a seclusion room or area in excess of one (1) hour within any twenty-four (24) hour period without obtaining authorization for continuing such seclusion from the child's physician, psychiatrist, or licensed psychologist and documenting such authorization in the child's record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A seclusion room or area shall only be used if a child is in danger of harming himself or herself or others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A child placed in a seclusion room or area shall be visually monitored at least every 15 minutes.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A room or area used for the purposes of seclusion must meet the following criteria: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The room or area shall be constructed and used in such ways that the risk of harm to the child is minimized;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The room or area shall be constructed so that a staff member or foster parent can visually monitor the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The room shall be lighted and well-ventilated;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The room shall be a minimum fifty (50) square feet in area; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The room must be free of any item that may be used by the child to cause physical harm to himself/herself or others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(iv)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No more than one child shall be placed in the seclusion room or area at a time.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A seclusion room monitoring log shall be maintained and used to record the following information: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name of the secluded child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reason for child's seclusion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Time of child's placement in the seclusion room or area;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name and signature of the therapeutic foster parent or staff that conducted visual monitoring;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Signed observation notes; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(8)(d)15.(v)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Time of the child's removal from the seclusion room or area.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Maintenance of Foster Care Records. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall maintain separate records for each foster home. The record shall be started at the time of application and shall be kept current.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The foster home record shall contain: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Home study;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Medical reports for each member of the foster family;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Summary narrative containing the dates as well as the content material from the caseworker's contacts;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> References;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The annual evaluations of the foster home, family, and placements;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Placement history of the foster home, children placed, date(s) admitted, date(s) discharged and reason for discharge;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of satisfactory criminal records checks in accordance with Georgia law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Phone numbers of foster parent(s) including day, cell &amp; evening phone numbers and the days of the week and times of day the foster parent is likely to be accessible at the foster home.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster children currently in the foster home including the child's name &amp; county of custody.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Foster home records shall be maintained for at least 3 years following the Agency's last placement in said foster home.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall maintain separate records for each child placed in foster care. The record for each child shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, sex, race, birth date and birthplace of child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, address, telephone number and marital status of parent or guardian of the child;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, address, telephone number of the foster parent with whom the child is currently placed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Legal documents including verified birth record, court status, agreements, consents, etc.;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Social history of the family and parent background;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Medical history and cumulative health record, psychological and psychiatric reports;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Education records and reports;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Plan of care pursuant to these rules;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Summary of each 6 month case review conference which reflects the contacts with and the status of all family members in relation to the placement plan as well as the achievements or changes in the goals or services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(d)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Summary of child's contacts with the family, the quality of the relationships and the child's progress in coping;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon termination of placement of the child, the following shall be placed in the record of the child and the foster home: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date of termination, reason for termination, the name, telephone number, address, and relationship of the person or Agency assuming responsibility for the child.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A termination summary describing the services provided during care, growth and accomplishments, and assessed needs which remain to be met with the service possibilities, which might meet those needs.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Aftercare and room, board and watchful oversight plans that determine the responsibility for follow through.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.07(9)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Family/child records shall be maintained for at least 3 years following completion of service.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.08" name="290-9-2-.08" title="290-9-2-.08">Rule 290-9-2-.08 Agency Records and Reports</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each Agency shall maintain records and submit on a timely basis reports required by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each Agency shall maintain a permanent listing with identifying information of all children accepted for service or placement.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Records shall be confidential and protected from unauthorized use, fire, damage or theft.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Records and files shall be kept current and be available for review by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall submit on a timely basis such financial, statistical reports, and Board minutes and other information as may be required by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reporting. Detailed written summary reports shall be made to the Department of Human Resources, Office of Regulatory Services, Residential Child Care Unit via email or fax on the required incident intake information form (IIIF) within 24 hours. This report shall be made regarding serious occurrences involving children in care, including but not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Accidents or injuries requiring medical treatment and/or hospitalization;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Death;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Suicide attempts;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Closure of the living unit due to disaster or emergency situations such as fires or severe weather;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency safety interventions resulting in any injury; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any incident which results in any federal, state or private legal action by or against the institution which affects any child or the conduct of the institution. However, legal action involving the juvenile justice system is not required to be reported.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(6)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A detailed investigative report which includes steps taken by the facility to prevent further incidents of a similar nature from occurring shall follow in five work days if not provided initially.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.08(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Child Abuse Reports. Whenever the child placing agency has reason to believe that a child in care has been subjected to child abuse it shall cause a report of such abuse to be made to the child welfare agency of the county of occurrence providing protective services as designated by the Department of Human Resources (Division of Family and Children Services) or in the absence of such an agency to an appropriate police authority or district attorney in accordance with the requirements of O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-7-5&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-7-5</a>. A copy of such report shall also be filed with the Office of Regulatory Services.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.09" name="290-9-2-.09" title="290-9-2-.09">Rule 290-9-2-.09 How to Apply For/Renew a License</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Applicant Responsibilities.</B><P>* Indicates those items that must be submitted for application for <B>renewal </B>of either a temporary or continuing license. Non-asterisked items need not be submitted with an application for renewal. All items must be submitted with application for initial license.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* All applications for license or renewal of license shall be submitted on forms provided by the Department. Both the Executive Director and the Chairman of the Board must verify the application for the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following information shall be submitted with the completed application forms: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Certified copy of the Agency's current Articles of Incorporation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Certified copy of the current Agency by-laws;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* A list of the names and addresses of the current members of the Board of Directors and a letter of acceptance from each.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* A list of the professional staff including their education and experience;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* The Agency plan for financing including an itemized budget, base for and schedule of fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Copy of the Agency's personnel policies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Outline of the Agency's proposed program including but not limited to specific geographic area and clients to be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of need: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)8.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written communications from community leaders in the field of child welfare indicating a need for the services proposed by the applicant, or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)8.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recent research data establishing a need for the service proposed, and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)8.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evidence that the services will be used by referral sources.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's manual of operating procedures; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* Full written disclosure of the following as applies to the applicant Agency, its Executive Director, and any affiliates of the Agency and their child placement activities in this and other jurisdictions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)10.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The status of all child-placing license applications submitted or licenses issued whether denied, pending, active, revoked, suspended or voluntarily surrendered; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(b)10.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any current or previous judicial or administrative action against the above listed persons or entities, along with the disposition of the case.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">* An application for renewal of license shall be submitted by the Agency as requested by the Department prior to the periodic review of the Agency. A listing of identifying information for all children accepted for service or placement shall be available for review on site at the time of renewal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When there is a substantial change in the Agency Board membership (50% or greater), other than changes required for systematic rotation, the Agency must notify the Department in writing. The Department may, at its discretion, require that a new application be submitted by the Agency under these circumstances.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Posting of License. The issued license shall be posted near the entrance to the Agency office or in a part of the Agency office that is open to view by the public.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Department Review of Applications.</B> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An application for license or renewal of license shall be considered by the Department only when all sections are completed and all required information is present with the application.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Initial Application - Temporary License. </B>The initial application submitted by an Agency shall be considered an application for a temporary license. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consideration for approval of the initial temporary license shall be based on a determination that the Agency has made adequate provision to meet these Rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may, at its discretion, following review of the initial application, issue or deny the temporary license.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon approval, the temporary license shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Renewal of the Temporary License.</B> Prior to the expiration of the temporary license, the Department shall consider an application to renew the license.If the department finds that any child placing agency applicant does not meet rules and regulations prescribed by the department but is attempting to meet such rules and regulations, the department may, in its discretion, issue a temporary license or commission to such child placing agency, but such temporary license or commission shall not be issued for more than a one-year period. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon presentation of satisfactory evidence that such institution is making progress toward meeting prescribed rules and regulations of the department, the department may, in its discretion, reissue such temporary license or commission for one additional period not to exceed one year.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As an alternative to a temporary license or commission, the department, in its discretion, may issue a restricted license or commission which states the restrictions on its face.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consideration for the renewal of the one year temporary license shall be based on the Agency's performance during the temporary license period.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may, at its discretion, after review of the Agency's performance, either approve the Agency for an additional six-month temporary license, approve the Agency for a one-year license, or deny the license renewal.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Review of </B> the Continuing License. An annual review packet must be completed and submitted within to the Department within ten (10) working days from the annual review of the Agency. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consideration for the renewal of the one-year license shall be based on the results of the Department review of the renewal application and the review of the performance of the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(2)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may, at its discretion and after review of the Agency's performance, either approve the renewal of the one-year license, approve the Agency for a temporary license, or deny the license renewal.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>False or Misleading Information</B>. The application for a license including the application for a criminal history background check must be truthfully and fully completed. In the event that the Department has reason to believe that any required application has not been completed truthfully, the department may require additional verification of the facts alleged. The Department may refuse to issue a license where false statements have been made in connection with the application or any other documents required by the Department.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.10" name="290-9-2-.10" title="290-9-2-.10">Rule 290-9-2-.10 Variances and Waivers</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department may, in its discretion, grant waivers and variances of specific rules upon application or petition being filed by an agency. The department may establish conditions which must be met by the agency in order to operate under the waiver or variance granted. Waivers and variances may be granted in accordance with the following considerations: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.10(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Variance. A variance may be granted by the department upon a showing by the applicant or petitioner that the particular rule or regulation that is the subject of the variance request should not be applied as written because strict application of the rule would cause undue hardship. The applicant or petitioner must also show that adequate standards affording protection for the health, safety and care of the children exist and will be met in lieu of the exact requirements of the rule or regulations in question.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.10(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Waiver. The department may dispense entirely with the enforcement of a rule or regulation upon a showing by the applicant or petitioner that the purpose of the rule or regulation is met through equivalent standards affording equivalent protection for the health, safety and care of the children.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.10(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Experimental Variance or Waiver. The department may grant waivers and variances to allow experimentation and demonstration of new and innovative approaches to delivery of services upon a showing by the applicant or petitioner that the intended protections afforded by the rule or regulation which is the subject of the request are met and that the innovative approach has the potential to improve service delivery.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.11" name="290-9-2-.11" title="290-9-2-.11">Rule 290-9-2-.11 Inspections by the Department and Access by Department Staff</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department is authorized and empowered to conduct investigations and on-site inspections of any agency required by these rules to be licensed. The proposed and current licensee and staff shall cooperate with any inspection or investigation by responding truthfully to any legitimate departmental inquiry. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Initial Inspection.</B> Following receipt and review of a complete application package, the department may conduct an on-site inspection of the agency to assess compliance with these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Consent to Entry.</B> An application for a license or commission to operate an agency or the issuance of a license by the department constitutes consent by the applicant, the proposed holder of the license and the owner of the premises for the department's representative, after displaying picture identification to any agency staff, to enter the premises at any time during operating hours for the purpose of inspecting the facility. This includes both scheduled and unscheduled inspections and includes consent for meaningful access to all staff, parts of the premises, all children present, and all records required by these rules. To the degree possible, inspections of records normally maintained in the agency's business office, such as financial records, will be conducted during normal business hours, e.g. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The department shall have the authority to require the production of any books, records, papers, or other information related to the initial or continued licensing of any agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Other Inspections.</B> The department may conduct scheduled and unscheduled on-site inspections of an agency in the following instances: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Annually or at other regular intervals as the department may determine or at the expiration of the current license; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receiving a report, including a report submitted by the agency, alleging child abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, or deprivation which occurred while the child was in the care of the agency director or employees; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receiving information of alleged violations of these rules, including information provided by the agency, which, if true, could endanger the health, safety or welfare of the children in care; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt and review of a request for an amended license, where the department determines that an on-site inspection is advisable; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon the department or its duly authorized representative being made aware of any flagrant abuses, derelictions or deficiencies during the course of the department's inspection or at any other time. The department shall immediately investigate such matters and may make an on-site inspection so as to take such actions as conditions may require; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(c)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subsequent to the receipt of a plan of correction, as determined necessary by the department, to monitor whether the plan of correction is being complied with by the agency's personnel.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Failure to Allow Access.</B> Failure to allow access of the department's representative to the agency, its staff, or the children receiving care at the agency or the books, records, papers, or other information related to initial or continued licensing, or failure to cooperate with a departmental inspection or investigation shall constitute good cause for the denial, restriction, revocation or suspension of a license, or other penalty as provided by law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.11(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>False or Misleading Statements.</B> No licensee shall make or condone any employee making false or misleading statements to the department in connection with any authorized investigation or inspection being conducted by the department.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.12" name="290-9-2-.12" title="290-9-2-.12">Rule 290-9-2-.12 Disaster Preparedness</a></h2> <P>The Agency shall prepare for potential emergency situations that may affect the care of children by the development of an effective disaster preparedness plan that identifies emergency situations and outlines an appropriate course of action. The plan must be reviewed and revised annually, as appropriate, including any related written agreements.</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The disaster preparedness plan shall include at a minimum plans for the following emergency situations: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Local and widespread weather emergencies or natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice or snow storms, or floods;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Manmade disasters such as acts of terrorism and hazardous materials spills;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unanticipated interruption of service of utilities, including water, gas, or electricity, involving any placement homes within a local or widespread area;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Loss of heat or air conditioning in the placement home;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Fire, explosion, or other physical damage in the placement home; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pandemics or other situations where the community's need for services exceeds the availability of placement homes and services regularly offered by the Agency.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There shall be plans to ensure sufficient staffing and supplies to provide room, board and watchful oversight during the emergency situation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There shall be plans for the emergency transport or relocation of all children in placement homes, should it be necessary, in vehicles appropriate to the children's needs. Additionally there shall be written agreements with any agencies which have agreed to receive the agencies' children in these situations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall document participation of each placement home's quarterly fire drills.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The plan shall include a requirement for the placement home to notify the Child Placing Agency, who will in turn notify the Department of the emergency situation as required by these rules and notify the lawful custodians of the children's whereabouts and condition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency shall provide a copy of the internal disaster preparedness plan to the local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and shall include the local EMA in development of the facility's plan for the management of external disasters.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Agency's disaster preparedness plan shall be made available to the Department for inspection upon request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.12(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may suspend any requirements of these rules and the enforcement of any rules where the Governor of the State of Georgia has declared a public health emergency.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.13" name="290-9-2-.13" title="290-9-2-.13">Rule 290-9-2-.13 Emergency Orders</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In accordance with O.C.G.A. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-90&amp;title=49&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">49-5-90</a><I>et seq.</I>, notwithstanding other remedies available to the department which may be pursued at the same time, the commissioner or his designee may issue emergency orders. Such orders may include emergency placement of a monitor or monitors in an agency upon a finding that the department's rules and regulations are being violated which threaten the health, safety, or welfare of children in care and when one or more of the following conditions are present: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(1)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency is operating without a license; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(1)(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The department has denied the application for the license or has initiated action to revoke the existing license; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(1)(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Children are suspected of being subjected to injury or life-threatening situations or the health or safety of a child or children is in danger.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise provided in the order, an emergency order shall become effective upon its service to the owner, the director, or any other agent, employee, or person in charge of the agency at the time of the service of the order.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.13(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to issuing an emergency order, the commissioner or his designee may consult with persons knowledgeable in the field of child care and a representative of the agency to determine if there is a potential for greater adverse effects on children in care as a result of the emergency order.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.14" name="290-9-2-.14" title="290-9-2-.14">Rule 290-9-2-.14 Enforcement and Penalties</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Plans of Correction</B>. If the Department determines that either a child-placing agency or a facility applying to become licensed as a child-placing agency does not comply with the rules, the Department shall provide written notice specifying the rule(s) violated and setting a time for the agency not to exceed ten (10) working days within which to file an acceptable written plan of correction where the Department has determined that an opportunity to correct is permissible. If such plan of correction is determined not acceptable to the Department because it does not adequately correct the identified violation, the Department will advise the child-placing agency or facility applying to become licensed that the plan of correction is not acceptable. The Department may permit the agency to submit a revised plan of correction. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall comply with an accepted plan of correction.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where the Department determines that either the child-placing agency or the facility applying to become licensed as a child-placing agency has not filed an acceptable plan of correction or has not complied with the accepted plan of correction, the Department may initiate an adverse action to enforce these rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All adverse actions to enforce the Rules and Regulations for Child-Placing Agencies shall be initiated in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for Enforcement of Licensing Requirements, Chapter 290-1-6, and O.C.G.A. Secs. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-12&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-12</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-12.1&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-12.1</a>, Penalties for Violation of Child Welfare Agency Laws and Regulations and Secs. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-60&amp;title=49&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">49-5-60</a><I>et seq.</I> and the requirements set forth herein.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Required Notifications for Revocations and Suspensions. </B>The agency shall notify each child's parents and/or legal guardians of the Department's actions to revoke the license or seek an emergency suspension of the agency's license to operate. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The official notice of the revocation or emergency suspension action and any final resolution, together with the Department's complaint intake phone number and website address, shall be provided by the agency to each current and prospective child's parents and/or legal guardians.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall ensure the posting of the official notice at the agency in an area that is visible to each child's parents and/or legal guardians.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall ensure that the official notice continues to be visible to each child's parents and/or legal guardians throughout the pendency of the revocation and emergency suspension actions, including any appeals.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall have posted in an area that is readily visible to each child's parents and/or legal guardians any inspection reports that are prepared by the Department during the pendency of any revocation or emergency suspension action.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be a violation of these rules for the agency to permit the removal or obliteration of any posted notices of revocation, emergency suspension action, resolution, or inspection survey during the pendency of any revocation or emergency suspension action.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may post an official notice of the revocation or emergency suspension action on its website or share the notice of the revocation or emergency suspension action and any information pertaining thereto with any other agencies that may have an interest in the welfare of the children in care of the agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-9-2-.14(3)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Department may suspend any requirements of these rules and the enforcement of any rules where the Governor of the State of Georgia has declared a public health emergency.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.15" name="290-9-2-.15" title="290-9-2-.15">Rule 290-9-2-.15 Severability of These Rules</a></h2> <P>In the event that any rule, sentence, clause, or phrase of any of these rules and regulations may be construed by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, unconstitutional, or otherwise unenforceable, the remaining rules or portions of the rules shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.01" name="290-9-2-.01" title="290-9-2-.01">Rule 290-9-2-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.02" name="290-9-2-.02" title="290-9-2-.02">Rule 290-9-2-.02 Applicability of These Rules</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.03" name="290-9-2-.03" title="290-9-2-.03">Rule 290-9-2-.03 Agency Organization and Administration</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.04" name="290-9-2-.04" title="290-9-2-.04">Rule 290-9-2-.04 Criminal History Background Checks, Agency Personnel</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.05" name="290-9-2-.05" title="290-9-2-.05">Rule 290-9-2-.05 Agency Policies and Procedures for Services</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.06" name="290-9-2-.06" title="290-9-2-.06">Rule 290-9-2-.06 Adoption Services</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.07" name="290-9-2-.07" title="290-9-2-.07">Rule 290-9-2-.07 Foster Care Services</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.08" name="290-9-2-.08" title="290-9-2-.08">Rule 290-9-2-.08 Agency Records and Reports</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.09" name="290-9-2-.09" title="290-9-2-.09">Rule 290-9-2-.09 How to Apply For/Renew a License</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.10" name="290-9-2-.10" title="290-9-2-.10">Rule 290-9-2-.10 Variances and Waivers</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-9-2-.11" name="290-9-2-.11" title="290-9-2-.11">Rule 290-9-2-.11 Inspections by the Department and 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