Standards of Practice
Table of Contents

SOP 650 – Introduction to Kinship Care 
SOP 651 – Family Support’s Role in Kinship Care 
SOP 652 – Child Support’s Role in Kinship Care 
SOP 653 – Child Care’s Role in Kinship Care 
SOP 654 – Program Codes for Kinship Care 
SOP 655 – Definition of Caregiver Relative for Kinship Care 
SOP 656 – Goal for Kinship Care 
SOP 657 – Role of Interstate Compact in Kinship Care 
SOP 658 – Tracking and Documentation for Kinship Care 
SOP 659 – Allocation of Funds for Kinship Care 
SOP 660 – Kinship Care Logs 
SOP 661 – Kinship Care Placement 
SOP 662 – Referrals Accepted for Kinship Care 
SOP 663 - Ineligibility Criteria for Kinship Care 
SOP 664 – Eligibility Criteria for Kinship Care 
SOP 665 – Relative Home Evaluation for Kinship Care 
SOP 666 – Start-Up Costs for Kinship Care 
SOP 667 – Case Planning and Ongoing Services for Kinship Care Cases 
SOP 668 – Referral for Child Care for Kinship Care Cases 
SOP 669 – Respite for Kinship Care 
SOP 670 – Court Actions Related to Kinship Care Cases 
SOP 671 – Appeals Process for Kinship Care 
SOP 672 – Case Closure and Aftercare Planning for Kinship Care Cases 

(Note: All Standards of Practice numbers assigned are temporary numbers.)

SOP 650 - Introduction to Kinship Care

The Kinship Care Program has been established to facilitate permanency for children who have been or may be removed from their home.  Kinship Care is an alternative to foster care placement and is provided to children who may otherwise be placed by the Cabinet in foster care due to: 

 Death of both parents; or

A substantiated finding of abuse or neglect by the Cabinet per KRS 600.020(l); or by another state that arranges for placement of a child per the Interstate Compact, and;

A determination has been made that placement with a relative versus a non-relative is in the best interest of the child, and;

The child meets all of the eligibility TANF requirements in 921 KAR 2:006.

A child in Kinship Care is eligible for a $250 education bonus upon graduation from high school.

The three (3) primary agencies involved in the Kinship Care Program are the Divisions of Family Support, Child Support and Protection and Permanency.  Child Care resources may also be a critical component to the Kinship Care Program.  Kinship Care is not an entitlement program.  Kinship Care Administrative Regulation:   http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KAR/922/001/130.htm

SOP 651 - Family Support’s Role in Kinship Care

The Kinship Care Program is funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the monthly payments are issued through Family Support.

The Family Support Worker has thirty (30) calendar days from the date of application (KIM-77) to approve the family and provide notification of the disposition of the application to the Social Service Worker, Child Support Worker and, when appropriate, to the Child Care Worker.

(http://cfc.state.ky.us/cbs-pol-man/ , Family Support Operation Manual, MS 5000 – MS 5100)

SOP 652 - Child Support’s Role in Kinship Care

Child Support requirements have to be met for the caregiver relative to be approved for Kinship Care.  The caregiver relative caregiver is required to cooperate with Child Support staff to pursue child support from the parents provided that a good cause exception does not exist per 922 KAR 2:006, Section 16 (http://cfc.state.ky.us/agencies/Comm_Base/Child_Support/index.asp)

If the caregiver relative caregiver is unwilling to pursue child support or sign the KC-01, Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (MS Word), the caregiver relative is not to be considered for the Kinship Care Program.  If the caregiver relative fails to cooperate with Child Support staff after approval, the Kinship Care funds are reduced by 25%.

SOP 653 - Child Care’s Role in Kinship Care

A Child Care referral or arrangements may be made if the caregiver relative needs assistance with child care.  Federal guidelines state that child care funds may not be used to pay for respite.  Child day care is defined as the provision of essential child care for a portion of a day on a regular basis and is designed to supplement, but not substitute for, the family’s responsibility for the child’s protection, development and supervision. Child Care may be provided but not for a continuous 24 hour time period.  The child care provider shall meet all of the Child Care standards prior to providing services in a Kinship Care case.  Child Care Standards: http://cfc.state.ky.us/agencies/Comm_Base/Child_Care

Website for the Child Care Bureau: http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ccb/policy1/current/ccdbgact/index.htm

SOP 654 - Program Codes for Kinship Care

In these Standards of Practice, Social Service Worker means any staff who conduct assessments and other related activities in the Kinship Care Program including specialists .  The Social Services Workers are to use code ZAGV for Kinship Care case activities.  The Family Support Workers are to use ZAGS for eligibility determination. 

SOP 655 - Definition of Caregiver Relative for Kinship Care

A caregiver relative for the Kinship Care Program is defined as an adult who is related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption.

SOP 656 - Goal of Kinship Care

The ultimate goal of Kinship Care is permanent custody with a caregiver relative if returning the child to the parent(s) is not a viable option.  The SSW is to continue to work with the birth parent(s) in an attempt to reunite the child with the parents during the six (6) months prior to the court report.  If it is determined that the best interest of the child is permanent custody with a caregiver relative, the SSW is to make this recommendation to the court.

SOP 657 - Role of Interstate Compact in Kinship Care

In cases that involve the Interstate Compact, the sending state has to submit an ICPC-100A to Kentucky for the purposes of a relative placement and the Deputy Compact Administrator in Kentucky signs the ICPC-100A.  For all relative placements call 502-564-6852 and for all adoptive interstate placements call 502-564-2147.  Unless both states have signed the ICPC-100A then there is not an interstate agreement.

The state placing the child with a Kentucky caregiver relative has to do so in accordance with the Interstate Agreement and has to provide verification of a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect.  If a caregiver relative with permanent custody of a child or a caregiver relative who had been receiving Kinship Care benefits in another state moves to Kentucky, the relative is not eligible for Kinship Care benefits unless the Interstate Agreement has been utilized.

SOP 658 - Tracking and Documentation for Kinship Care

Each Service Region is to develop procedures for referral and tracking of Kinship Care cases.  The information to be tracked, includes but is not limited to:

The number of permanent custody orders.

How many cases are resulting in permanency?

How much money is being spent?

Each Service Region establishes a monthly log and documents in the log the following information:

Case Name

Case Number

County Code

Number of children per check

Provider Name

Reason for service

Date issued or refused

Payee for check

Check Number and amount

Number of cases where caregiver relative wants permanent custody but can not afford an attorney

The SRA or designee is to forward a copy of the monthly log statistics to the Director, Division of Protection and Permanency.

SOP 659 - Allocation of Funds for Kinship Care

The reallocation of funds is at the discretion of the Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services.  Kinship Care funds are not to be transferred between Service Regions.

SOP 660 - Kinship Care Logs

The Service Regions are to submit a copy of the log, copies of invoices or receipts, copies of the checks issued, and request for reimbursement with the program code (ZFDL) to the Director’s Office in the Office of Program Support, by the 7th of each month.  All records are maintained for a minimum of five(5) years.  The Service Region Administrator or designee is responsible for all aspects of the Kinship Care Program including the dispersal of funds and record keeping. Kinship Care Regional Monthly Logs forms on Forms Page.  

SOP 661 - Kinship Care Placement

The Social Service Worker (SSW) is to consider Kinship Care on every child at risk of placement in foster care and it is to be documented in the case record that this program was discussed as an option for the child.

SOP 662 - Referrals Accepted for Kinship Care

The SSW is to accept all inquires for Kinship Care from all interested relatives. 

SOP 663 - Ineligibility Criteria for Kinship Care

Receipt of Kinship Care payments continue until the case becomes ineligible for a technical or financial reason.  Permanent custody does not stop the payments; that is the desired result/outcome. 

The following are some examples of technical or financial issues, which may cause ineligibility:

If the caregiver relative adopts the child, the Kinship Care payments will stop as we do not make a payment under Kinship Care to parents; 

The child may age out by:

reaching age 16 and not attending school,

reaching age 18 and not attending school at or below the high school level full-time,

reaching age 19;

The caregiver relative may move out-of-state, which would make the caregiver relative ineligible since residency is a requirement, or; 

  If the child had too much income from another source, the Kinship Care payment will be discontinued.

If a caregiver relative refuses to accept permanent custody, the caregiver relative becomes ineligible for Kinship Care but may be eligible for other benefits provide by state operated programs.

If a child receives Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), the child is not eligible for Kinship Care funds.

If a child leaves Kinship Care without good cause, the child becomes ineligible for Kinship Care.  (LINK 921 KAR 2:006, Section 10 (2).

If the SSW determines that the child’s parent(s) is residing in the same household with the caregiver relative, the caregiver relative is not eligible for Kinship Care.

If the child is reunited with a birth parent eligibility for the Kinship Care Program ceases upon reunification.

The SSW is to notify Family Support and request that the Kinship Care payment case is to be discontinued, if Kinship Care payments have been received for twelve (12) months and the caregiver relative has not pursued permanent custody. 

The SSW is to assess with the caregiver relative that the caregiver relative has been pursuing permanent custody.  In assessing the caregiver relative’s attempts at obtaining permanent custody, the SSW documents that the:

SSW and caregiver relative have attempted to obtain permanent custody through District or Family Court; or,

SSW has sought assistance from an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel on behalf of the caregiver relative; or,

The caregiver relative has consulted with a private attorney regarding obtaining permanent custody through District, Family or Circuit Court; or,

The SSW has been notified by the Office of the General Counsel that an attorney has agreed to file petition or motion on behalf of the Cabinet.

SOP 664 - Eligibility Requirements for Kinship Care

The Kinship Care program applies only when risk of removal by the Cabinet is imminent.  A child is at risk of placement in foster care if a petition has been filed by the Cabinet for removal of the child and, one of the following conditions exist:

An investigation is in the process and abuse or neglect will be substantiated; or,

An ongoing case where abuse or neglect has been substantiated; or

Another state is placing a child through the Interstate Compact.

A dependency petition has to be filed for the child to be eligible for the Kinship Care program, if both parents are deceased.

If a child is currently in foster care and the SSW has identified a potential relative placement, the child may be eligible for Kinship Care upon temporary custody being granted by the court to the relative.

A court’s finding does not impact the eligibility for Kinship Care.  In cases when the SSW’s finding is not the same as the court’s finding, the SSW is to enter into TWIST the court’s adjudication in the Investigative Summary Screen stating the reason the Cabinet’s finding is different from the court’s finding.

A caregiver relative, in all cases, has to meet the technical eligibility requirements for TANF benefits. (921 KAR 2:006)

A SSW is to determine if the caregiver relative is qualified and willing to take permanent custody of the child prior to placement with the relative. 

The caregiver relative is approved through a home evaluation including passing a criminal records check and a child and adult abuse and neglect check.  If the potential caregiver relative has a conviction, on a charge other than a traffic offense that is minor, or substantiation of a child and/or adult abuse or neglect, the caregiver relative shall provide rehabilitation evidence.  The caregiver relative may demonstrate rehabilitation evidence through written character references.

The relative shall document evidence of rehabilitation through, at a minimum, two (2) character references.  The worker is not to accept character references from those who are excluded by the Kinship Care Administrative Regulation. The Service Region Administrator or designee has final approval of applicants who have a legal history but demonstrate rehabilitation.
http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KAR/922/001/130.htm

If the following situation and conditions exist a caregiver relative may be eligible for Kinship Care without the Cabinet having filed a petition for removal:

The Cabinet has not received a report alleging child abuse or neglect; but,

The court has adjudicated neglect or abuse based on a petition filed by a relative; and,

The relative is requesting Kinship Care and alleging child abuse or neglect.

If this situation and conditions exist, the SSW:

Determines if the allegation meets acceptance criteria;

Accepts the report, if the allegation(s) meets acceptance criteria;

Makes a determination of the allegations (Kinship Care requires a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect);

Determines during the investigation if a child was at risk of removal and placement in foster care;

Submits for review by the FSOS the court documents and the SSW’s investigative findings and documents that if DCBS had been aware of the allegations when the relative filed the petition, a petition for removal would have been filed by DCBS;

Determines that the allegations were reported within forty-five (45) days of the petition being filed; and,

Refers the relative to Family Support for determination on technical eligibility requirements for TANF benefits.

For a caregiver relative to remain eligible for Kinship Care funds, the Kinship Care case has to be recertified on an annual basis by Family Support.  The SSW is to inform the caregiver relative of the need for recertification.  If the caregiver relative does not keep the scheduled appointed with the Family Support Worker, the Kinship Care case will be discontinued by Family Support.  If the Kinship Care case is discontinued by Family Support and the caregiver relative requests that they continue to receive Kinship Care funds for the child in their care, the SSW is to treat this case as a new request for Kinship Care.  For recertification purposes only, the SSW is to assess the caregiver relative under the Standards of Practice that were operational at the time the initial application was made for Kinship Care.

Procedure

The SSW completes a Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) Registry check, adult abuse and neglect check, and an AOC check for each relative applying to provide Kinship Care for a child.

The SSW may request a finger print check in addition to the AOC records check. 

The SSW is to conduct a criminal record check for each state of residence when a family has resided out of the state of Kentucky within the past ten (10) years prior to approval for Kinship Care.

The SSW may use the regional checking sub-fund to pay for Kinship Care out-of-state criminal records check.  If the SSW utilizes this method for payment for out-of-state criminal record checks, the Region Log for Out-of-State Criminal Records Checks Form is to be submitted to:

Donna Long
Division of Financial Management
Budget and Reporting Branch
275 East Main Street, 4C-B
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
 

The SSW may submit the CHR-101 using the ZAGS code to Office of Program Support for payment for out-of-state criminal record checks.  If the Service Region has made other arrangements for payment for out-of-state criminal records checks that are not problematic the regions may continue to utilize these arrangements.

The budget code (ZAGS – Kinship Care Eligibility Determination code) for using the sub-fund account from the regional checking account or the CHR – 101 process is the same.

If the SSW still has concerns, after the record checks, the SSW is to consult with the FSOS before making a recommendation for the relative to be approved as a caregiver relative for the child.

The SSW is to have the relative sign the KC-01, Kinship Care Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and the KIM-77 at the time the home study is initiated.  The SSW is to send the signed completed KIM-77 and the KC-01, “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities” to the designated Family Support Worker within three (3) working days of obtaining the signatures.  One of the purposes of the KIM-77 is to protect the filing date for the relative’s application for Kinship Care benefits.

SOP 665 - Relative Home Evaluation for Kinship Care

The SSW is to complete a relative home study when a relative makes application for Kinship Care and shall determine if a relative for Kinship Care is approved through an assessment utilizing the Relative Home Evaluation Outline. 

The SSW is to include in the Relative Home Evaluation the need for Start-Up costs, and, if so, the recommended amount and purpose for which the funds will be used, if granted, by the caregiver relative.

The SSW has thirty (30) calendar days to complete the Relative Home Evaluation.

The SSW who conducted the home evaluation submits a brief written statement to the Family Support Worker after the home evaluation is completed, stating whether or not the relative was approved or disapproved for Kinship Care placement.

The SSW is to notify the Family Support Worker orally or by written communication when the caregiver relative is approved for Kinship Care.  It is not necessary to provide the Family Support Worker with a copy of the Relative Home Evaluation.

Procedure

The SSW is to consider the relative’s:

Ability to protect the child from abuse or neglect;

Understanding that they are to seek permanent custody;

Willingness and ability to pay legal fees involved in gaining permanent custody;

Commitment to, abilities and functional abilities to provide for the ongoing care of the child, including emotional, cognitive and functional;

SOP 666 - Start-Up Costs for Kinship Care

The SSW is to determine if Start-Up Costs are needed based upon the immediate and critical needs of a child.  Immediate is defined as ninety (90) days after the child is residing in the caregiver relative’s home.  The need for Start-Up Costs, the amount and purpose is to be documented in the Relative Home Evaluation.  The Start-Up Costs are to be paid directly to the vendor, not the family.  Use the Regional Log for Start Up Form. (MS Excel format)

Procedure

If the SSW determines that a one (1) time Start-Up Cost, based on the Relative Home Evaluation Outline, is needed it shall be provided for the purpose of meeting the immediate and critical (within 90 days of placement in the home) needs of the child.  The FSOS is to review the Home Evaluation and may approve Start-up Costs for the following items:

Clothing, which may be purchased only after the community resources have been accessed;

School Supplies, which may be purchased only after the school has issued a list of needed supplies and the caregiver relative has accessed a Family Resources and Youth Services Center for supplies (FRYSC) ;

Additional furniture, which has been determined to be needed in the home evaluation, or;

A deposit for a living arrangement.

The SSW is to disregard the caregiver’s income and resources.  The maximum amount for Start-Up Cost:          

Number of Eligible Children  Maximum Payment Amount
1 $500
2 $1,000
3 $1,500
4 $2,000
5 $2,500
6 or more $3,000

SOP 667 - Case Planning and Ongoing Services for Kinship Care Cases

The SSW is to develop a concurrent plan for reunification with the parent(s) if at all viable and permanent custody with the Kinship caregiver relative in all Kinship Care cases.   A Kinship Care case is a child protection case.   The SSW is to open only one case in TWIST.  If the caregiver relative resides in a different county from the birth parent, the Social Service Workers are to share the case.  The primary case responsibility remains in the county where the birth parent(s) resides until the child returns home or the caregiver relative is granted permanent custody.

The SSW develops a Family Case Plan with the caregiver relative and others, as appropriate, when a case is opened for Kinship Care.   The SSW is to coordinate with the caregiver relative to attend and participate in all planning conferences.  If attempts to reunify the child with birth parents are unsuccessful, the goal becomes permanent custody to the caregiver relative.  (LINK to Chapter 5, Case Planning SOP)

The SSW is required to have an Out-of-Home Care Case Plan in TWIST for all children who are in the Cabinet’s custody, regardless of their placement.  This includes Kinship Care cases when the Cabinet has custody.  The SSW is to follow procedures established under Permanency Planning for Children in Out-of-Home Care.  (LINK to Chapter 6, Ongoing Services, Out-of-Home Care)

The SSW follows the procedures for an In-Home Family Case Plan for a child placed in the custody of relatives by the court as a result of abuse or neglect and substantiated by the Cabinet.  Any special needs the child has may be addressed as individual level objectives (ILOs) for the child. 

The SSW reassesses the caregiver relative using the Continuous Quality Assessment (CQA) and holds a case planning conference to update the Family Case Plan, if the child is placed in the custody of a caregiver relative after the Family Case Plan has been developed.  The updated Family Case Plan includes any revision in needs and services to be provided for the child placed in the custody of the caregiver relative.

The SSW is to open only one case in TWIST for Kinship Care.  All applicable members and their relationships are entered into TWIST.

Procedure

The SSW is to include the following documents or information:

A copy of the petition filed in District or Family Court;

The substantiated CPS referral that necessitated the Kinship Care placement;

To provide to the Child Placement and Support Section, for entry into the Resource Directory in TWIST, the caregiver relative’s:

Name,

Address,

Social Security Number,

Date of birth

After providing this information, the SSW is to complete the placement information for the child on the Enter/Exit Screens.  If the Cabinet has custody of the child, the Level of Care field is to be Kinship Care – agency has custody.  If the caregiver relative has custody, the selection in Level of Care field is Kinship Care – relative has custody.  TWIST will not allow a worker to close the case unless an exit date has been entered on the Enter/Exit Screens.  (Kinship Care/TWIST Tipsheet)

The SSW is to follow the Standards of Practice including timeframes for opening an Ongoing Service, In-Home Service case. (Chapter 6, Ongoing Services, In-Home Services)

The SSW is to follow the Family Case Plan requirements and timeframes in all Kinship Care cases. (Chapter 4, Case Planning

The Family Case Plan is to delineate the arrangements for visitation specifically with other family members who  placed the child at risk, and should include the duration of visits.  The Family Case Plan is to be updated when a change occurs in the household composition as designated in the case planning Standards of Practice. (Chapter 5, Family Case Plan, SOP)

The SSW shall provide Ongoing In-Home Services to the family receiving Kinship Care until the caregiver relative has permanent custody of the child or for a minimum of six months beginning with the date of placement. (Ongoing In Home Services SOP)

The SSW needs to assure that the child has received age-appropriate instruction regarding pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, and general information about the prevention and treatment of disease.

The SSW shall after six (6) months from the initial date of entry into home of the caregiver relative receiving Kinship Care:

  1. Review the placement to determine if Kinship Care is still in the best interest of the child;

  2. Prepare a court report with recommendation(s) regarding permanent custody; and,

  3. Make a request that the case be re-docketed for the court to determine permanent custody per 922 KAR 1:130, Section 2(8)
    http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/620-00/027.PDF (Adobe PDF format)

The SSW is to address the following in the court report:

Visitation;

Relationship with caregiver relative caregiver;

Child support issues, and;

Continuing medical and/or counseling services needed by the child.

If the child was placed in the home of a caregiver relative by another state through the Interstate Compact, the SSW is to provide Ongoing In-Home Services for six (6) months or until permanent custody is achieved from the time the caregiver relative is approved by DCBS. 

If a caregiver relative is not pursuing permanent custody at the end of twelve (12) months the SSW is to:

Consider other placement options;

Take the case back to court for review with a recommendation for permanency; and

Notify the Family Support Worker and request discontinuance of Kinship Care payment.

SOP 668 - Referral for Child Care for Kinship Care Cases

When a SSW determines that a referral for child care is needed, the initial referral is made using the DCC-85 and identifies the case as a Kinship Care case. A copy of the KIM-77 is to be attached to the child care referral.  The SSW enters the income for the child in the section for income information, listing only the child’s income.  The co-payment in Kinship Care cases may be waived. 

If a SSW wants to check for child care eligibility for other children in the home for other types of cases, check the Child Care Website.

SOP 669 - Respite for Kinship Care

The SSW may, through supervisory channels, request Respite for the caregiver relative caregiver only as a last resort to prevent disruption of the placement by completing the KC – 02, “Kinship Care Respite Request” Form.  The Respite request is submitted to the Director of the Division of Protection and Permanency for a case by case review. Only the Director of Division of Protection and Permanency has the authority to approve payments for Respite. Respite Care is defined as continuous care for a period of at least twenty-four (24) hours for this Standard of Practice. 

The SSW is to complete the KC-02A “Kinship Care Respite Services Receipt” form  after respite services are provided and submit the completed form to the Division of Financial Management as indicated on the form. 

SOP 670 - Court Actions Related to Kinship Care Cases

The SSW is to request re-docketing of the case when a caregiver relative informs the SSW that the caregiver relative will not be pursuing permanent custody.

The SSW and/or caregiver relative may request that permanent custody be granted in District Court without the assistance of an attorney.  Consultation with the regional attorney, Office of the General Counsel, may be sought to facilitate the process for permanent custody.

If the SSW has difficulty with the court in obtaining permanent custody or if the court denies permanent custody, the SSW may seek assistance from the regional attorney.  If the SSW wants to appeal the court’s decision, the SSW is to seek consultation with the regional attorney within forty-eight (48) hours.  (Chapter 3, Investigation and Assessment, SOP 153, Determination of Findings, CPS)

If the caregiver relative is not able to pay for an attorney, the court has refused to grant permanent custody in District Court and the case may need to go to the Circuit Court, the SSW may seek assistance from the regional attorney.

If at the six (6) month court review, the court granted permanent custody of the child to a caregiver relative, concurrent planning is no longer necessary; therefore, the SSW is not required to work with the birth parent(s). If permanent custody is not granted, the SSW is to continue to work with the birth parent(s) toward reunification until permanent custody with the caregiver relative has been granted either through District, Family or Circuit Court or reunification with the birth parent(s) occur.  If the birth parent(s) is not cooperating, or complying with the case plan, the SSW may request that the court make a determination that reasonable efforts for reunification are not necessary.  If the judge determines that reasonable efforts for reunification are no longer necessary, the SSW is not required to continue to work with the birth parent(s).

The SSW advises the parent(s) who is unsatisfied with the goal of permanent custody with the caregiver relative caregiver that the parent may seek and obtain legal counsel.

The SSW is to notify the birth parent(s) of any court action concerning the custody of the child including attempting to locate an absent parent. (LINK to Chapter 4, Court, Absent Parent Search)

SOP 671 - Appeals Process for Kinship Care

When a SSW denies an applicant or recipient for the Kinship Care program, the caregiver relative is to be informed of the Appeals process.

Procedure

The Appeals process may be initiated through either the Division of  Protection and Permanency or Family Support.  921 KAR 2:055, Hearings and Appeals, and 922 KAR 1:320, Fair Hearing, contain the rights of clients to address their grievances through a formal process.  The Family Support Operations Manual Volume I, Sections contains complete instructions for staff. The following links contain instruction for Social Services Workers. (LINK to KAR/KRS for Service Complaints)

SOP 672 - Case Closure and Aftercare Planning for Kinship Care Cases

The SSW is to develop with the caregiver relative caregiver an Aftercare Plan prior to closing the case. (Chapter 10, Aftercare Planning and Case Closure

The Aftercare Plan addresses any ongoing issues that relate to the family’s needs for the safety, well-being of the child and stability. 

These issues may include:

Visitation guidelines with parents;

Services the child needs to continue to receive such as counseling; and,

Access to medical services.

The SSW is to notify the caregiver relative caregiver of changes in services or notification of case closure using the DPP-154A at least two (2) weeks prior to a change or case closure.  The SSW is to provide the DPP-154 to the caregiver relative when a case is to be closed.

The SSW is to provide written notification to workers in all other program areas providing services of the SSW’s plan to close the case.

Ongoing Services Table of Contents | Kinship Care Tip Sheet 

Other Standards of Practice Sections:

General Adult Services Section

Adult Protective Services Section

 
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