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A
Accepting a Consent for an Independent Adoption
Accepting the Statement of Understanding & Relinquishment Documents
Adoption Fees
Adoption Assistance Program (AAP): Impact On Public Assistance Programs
Adoption Assistance Program (AAP): Reassessment Procedures
Adoption of Children Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Adoption of Children Under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
Adoption of DCFS-Supervised Children by DCFS Employees
Adoptive Placement
Adverse Court Order/Decision
Advising & Providing Services to Parents Prior to Accepting a Statement of Understanding & Relinquishment Document
AFDC-FC/GRI-FC Rates
Allegation Guide
Allegations Received From A Source Other Than The Child Protection Hotline
Alleged Father: Notice & Waiver
Appointment of an Educational Representative or Surrogate Parent and/or Developmental Services Decision-Maker
Applicant Assessment for the Adoption of Children
Assessing a Child’s Development and Referring to And Collaborating With Regional Center
Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
Assessing Allegations of Physical Abuse
Assessing for the Safety and Risk of Newborns for Families Already Under DCFS Supervision
Assessment of a Parent’s Failure to Protect by Failing to Provide a Child With Adequate Shelter
Assessment Of A Potential Caregiver’s Ability To Meet A Child’s Needs
Assessment of and Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Assessment of Domestic Violence
Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Abuse
Assessment of Emotional Abuse
Assessment of Exploitation
Assessment of Failure to Thrive
Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Assessment of Medical Neglect
Assessment of Medical, Educational and Mental Health Special Needs
Assessment of Parental Absence
Assessment of Parental Incapacity
Assessment of Petitioner(s) Birth Parent(s) & Child for an Independent Adoption
Assessment of Shaken Infant Syndrome
Assessment Process to Terminate Child Welfare Services
B
Back to School Clothing Allowance
Bus Passes - Tap Cards - EZ Pass Tap Cards Bus Tokens/Coupons: Eligibility and Ordering

C
Capacity in a Relative/Nonrelative Extended Family Member/Foster Family Home or FFA Certified Home
Caregiver Approval: Requesting Goods and Services
Case Assignment: From Emergency Response Command Post (ERCP) to Regional Office When Children have been Taken into Temporary Custody
Case Plan/Court Report: Court Report Requirements for Children Residing in Group Homes
Case Plan Update
Case Transfer Criteria and Procedures
Case Transfer to and from the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division
Cases Where a WRIT Petition or Appeal Has Been Filed: Communication with County Counsel
Cessation of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment for Children
Change of Permanent Plan from Legal Guardianship/Kin-GAP to Adoption
Child Abduction and the Recovery of an Abducted Child
Child Abuse And Neglect Reporting Act (Canra):Reporting To Licensing Agencies
Child Abuse And Neglect Reporting Act (Canra):Immunities And Liabilities
Child Abuse and Reporting Act (CANRA): Who Must Report
Child Abuse Central Index (CACI)
Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) Review Hearings
Child Death, Serious Injury or Illness Reporting Responsibilities
Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program
Child Passenger Restraint Requirements
Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Alleged Perpetrator Is Not The Child’s Parent/Legal Guardian/Primary Caregiver
Child Protection Hotline (CPH)
Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Determining Response Times
Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Providing Feedback To Reporting Parties
Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referral Name Criteria
Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Children In Out-Of-Home Care And Day Care Who Are Not Under Dcfs Supervision
Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Children And Non-Minor Dependents Abused Or Neglected In Out-Of-Home Care Who Are Under DCFS Supervision
Child Protection Hotline (CPH) Referrals Regarding Children In Surrounding Counties
Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Youth On Probation Residing In Out-Of Home Care
Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Requests For Emergency Medical Consent
Children Testifying in Courts Other Than in Their Dependency Court Hearing
Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS): Conducting A Client Search
Clothing Allowances
Clothing Allowance Rates
Communications with a Child’s Attorney
Completion and Submission of the BCIA 8583, Child Abuse or Severe Neglect Indexing Form
Completing The Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety Plan
Compromise of Child Support
Concurrent Planning & Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)-Related Activities
Concurrent Planning and the Concurrent Planning Assessment (CPA)
Concurrent Planning: Obtaining Family History Information
Conducting a Concurrent Investigation with Law Enforcement
Conducting Cursory Searches
Confidentiality Protocols for Telecommuting, Users of Portable Computing Devices and Mobile Workers
Connecting DCFS Individuals/Families to Programs Administered by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Consent for Mental Health and/or Developmental Assessment and Services
Contact Requirements and Exception
Continuance Requests
Continuation Of Afdc-Fc Payments For Non-Court Dependent Youth Age 18 Or Over Residing In An Unrelated Home Or In The Home Of A Kin-Gap Guardian
Conversations with Attorneys and Other Non-DCFS Individuals
Conversations with County Counsel
Coordination of Services for Homeless Clients Served by Both the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and DCFS
Correcting the Erroneous Assignment of Referrals
Counseling/Transitioning a Child Regarding Out-Of-Home Placement/Replacement
Court Reports for an Independent Adoption
Courtesy Supervision For California Counties
Creating a Case Without a Referral

D
DCFS Countywide Alcohol and Drug Testing Program
Denial or Withdrawal of Approval of Applicant Adoption Assessments and Grievance Procedures
Dependency, Drug Court (DDC)/Family Substance Abuse Treatment Program (FSATP)
Dependency Investigation (DI) Assignment Criteria
Detention/Release: Unifying the Recommendation Prior to the Detention Hearing
Disclosures of Health and Mental Health Information to and from County Departments Providing Services to a Child/Youth
Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral
Downgrading and Upgrading Emergency Response Referrals by Regional Staff
Drug-Endangered Children (DEC) Program
Dual Agency Rates
Dual Supervision of DCFS and Probation Cases: WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Process
Due Diligence

E
Education Travel Reimbursement
Emergency Aid Requisition (EAR)
Emergency Response Referrals Alleging Abuse in Out-Of-Home Care Regarding Children Who are Under DCFS Supervision
Emergency Response Referrals Alleging Abuse of Children Who are Under DCFS Supervision and Residing in the Home of a Parent
Establishing the Competency of Children to Testify
Establishing the Service Address for Referrals
Evaluating a Prospective Caregiver
Evaluating Out Emergency Response Referrals by Regional Staff
Exemptions For Relatives, Non-Relative Extended Family Members, And Prospective Guardians With Criminal History Records
Exodus Recovery Urgent Mental Health Care Center Referral
Expedited Joint Response Referral Protocol With The DMH Field Response Operations (FRO) And DCFS
Expedited Response Referrals
Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program
Extended Foster Care: Re-Entry of Nonminor Former Dependent

F
Family And Children's Index (FCI)
Family Centered Conferences/Team Decision Making Meetings
Family Code Section 3027 Referrals
Family Maintenance Services For Both Court and Voluntary Cases
Family Preservation Program Services as Part of the Welfare-To-Work Plan
Family Unit Case Name Rules
Family Visitation Planning
Fast Track to Permanency (FTP) Provisions
Filing the Relinquishment Document
Finalizing an Adoption
Foster Youth Reproductive Health and Pregnancy
Foster Youth Substance Abuse Services
Funeral, Burial & Cremation Costs

G

H
Health and Education Passport (HEP)
Health and Education Questionnaire
HIV/AIDS Services
Hospital Holds

I
Icebreaker Meeting
Identifying a Client’s Communication Needs
Identifying a Prospective Adoptive Family for a Child Through the Placement and Reunification Unit (PRU)
Identifying & Documenting a Client’s Disability & Need or Services
Immigration Options for Undocumented Children & Families
Informal Discovery Requests
Information to be Provided to Prospective Adoptive Applicants
Initial Case Plan
Initiating Adoption Assistance Program & Medi-cal Benefits
Integration of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) Service Plans into Case Plan Updates
Interagency Placement Screening Committee Presentation Guide (Level 14 Screening)
Intercounty Transfer (ICT)
Interstate Compact On The Placement Of Children (ICPC)
Interviewing the Alleged Victim at School for the Purpose of Investigating a Child Abuse Referral
Involvement Of The School Attendance Review Board (Sarb) With Children Under Dcfs Supervision

J
Joint Response Referral
Juvenile Automated Index (JAI) Clearance

K
Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap) Program
Kinship Supportive Services

L
Live Scan And California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) Clearances

M
Maintaining The Confidentiality Of A Child’s Placement
Meal Reimbursement/Food Certificates/Gifts Cards
Medical Case Management Services (MCMS) Unit: Intake/Transfer Criteria and Transfer Procedures
Medical Consent
Medical Hospitalization and/or Discharge of DCFS-Supervised Children
Model Case Format (MCF)
Moving A Child’s Possessions
Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) Referrals
Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)

N
Non-detained Petitions
Nondisclosure Orders
Nondiscrimination Regarding Clients, Out-Of-Home Caregivers and Adoptive Parents Concerning Placement Decisions
Non-Minor Dependent Safety Assessment
Non-Related Legal Guardianship Cases From Probate Court
Notice of Hearing for Juvenile Court Proceedings
Notice of Publication of Citation
Notification Requirements to Dependents of The Court Pursuant to WIC 826.6
Notification to the Child Support Services Department (CSSD)
Notifying the Court of a Parent’s Relinquishment

O
Observation Techniques
Obtaining a Passport For a Child/Youth Who are From Under DCFS Supervision
Obtaining Restraining Orders
Obtaining Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce)
Obtaining Warrants and/or Removal Orders
Out-Of-County Personal Service
Out-Of-County Placements
Out-Of-Home Caregivers: Legal Consent Authority

P
Permanency Partners Program (P3)
Permission for a Child to Marry, Join the Armed Forces or the Job Corps
Permission to Videotape, Photograph, Voice Record or Interview Children
Petitions
Photographic Identification of Children
Placement Considerations for Children
Placement In An Emergency Shelter Care: Foster Family Home Or Group Home-Setting
Placement Packet And Health & Education Passport Binder
Placement Responsibilities: Foster Child’s Needs and Case Plan Summary
Placement with Relatives: Informing the Court of Recurring Efforts to Locate Relatives
Placing Children Outside Of The Country
Placing Children Six Years of Age or Younger in Congregate Care
Placing Sibling Groups in Out-Of-Home-Care
Point of Engagement: Alternative Response Services (ARS)
Point of Engagement: Community Response Services
Point of Engagement: Intensive Services
Point of Engagement: Up-Front Assessment (UFA)
Post-Adoption Contact Agreements
Post-Adoption Services (PAS) Release of Information After the Adoption is Final
Post Adoption Services: Services Available To Families With A Finalized Adoption
Preparing Children for Adoption
Preparing the WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Court Report Ordered by the Dependency Court
Pre-Placement Conference
Pre-Placement Steps: Fost-Adopt and Adoptive Placements
Pre-Released Investigation Report
Presentation of Child Information to a Prospective Adoptive Family
Probate Code Section 1513(C) Referrals
Progress and Supplemental Reports
Promoting Children’s Physical Well Being and Health
Protected Health and Medical Information: Access and Sharing
Protective Custody Warrants: Requesting or Recalling and Report of Runaway Event/Return of Youth Age 18 or Older
Providing Ongoing Services To A Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KIN-GAP) Program Case
Psychiatric Hospitalization and Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Planning for DCFS Supervised Children
Psychological Testing of DCFS-Supervised Children
Psychotropic Medication: Authorization, Review and Monitoring for DCFS-Supervised Youth
Public Health Nurse (PHN): Roles and Responsibilities and Secondary Assignment in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System

Q
Quality-Of-Life in Out-Of-Home Care: Reporting Concerns

R
Recording Child Deaths at the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) and Submission of the SOC 826, Child Fatality/Near Fatality County Statement of Findings and Information
Reducing the Threat of Infection by Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases: Universal Precautions
Referral Assignment Criteria
Referrals Regarding Children Of Military Personnel
Referring Children to Healthy Start
Referring Dependent Children For Special Education Or Early Intervention Services (Early Start)
Reimbursement of Non-Recurring Adoption Expenses
Reinstatement of Parental Rights
Relative Placement: Relative Caregiver Financial Eligibility (YOUAKIM)
Release of Case Record Information Regarding a Child Fatality
Release of DCFS Case Records to Service Providers
Releasing Case Record Information to Child Welfare Agencies Outside California
Releasing DCFS Case Record Information
Religious Practices in Out-Of-Home Care
Relinquishment and Consent Procedures for Parents Who Cannot Read English and/or Any Other Language
Removal Orders for Parents and Youth
Removing a Child From the Home of a Prospective Adoptive Parent(s)
Report on Notice of Replacement
Reporting Unhealthy Living Conditions
Request by Law Enforcement, District Attorney or Public Defender to Interview a Child/Youth
Requesting a Change of Order Pursuant to WIC 385
Requesting Corrected Minute Orders: Missing Minute Orders
Requesting Non-Emergent Transportation for Children With Special Health Care Needs Under DCFS Supervision
Requesting Notification of the Pending Release of an Incarcerated Parent
Requesting Respite Care Services
Rescinding a Relinquishment
Response to a Mandated Reporter
Responses to Subpoenas
Revoking a Relinquishment
Returning Runaway Youth Who Are From Other Jurisdictions: (Inside and Outside of California)
Runaways

S
Safely Surrendered Babies (SSB)
Screening And Assessing Children For Mental Health Services And Referral To Thecoordinated Services Action Team (CSAT)
Screening And Intake Process Prior To Transporting Children To ERCP
Sealing Department Records
Selecting and/or Arranging for Appropriate Services for Incarcerated/Institutionalized/
Detained/Deported Parents

Selecting and/or Arranging the Most Appropriate Services for Children and Families
Sensitive Referrals/Cases
Service-Funded Activities (SFA)
Seven Day Prior Written Notice To Foster Parents Of Intent To Remove A Child And Grievance Review Regarding Placement/Removal Of A Child From A Foster Home
Set-on/Walk-on Procedures
Special Immigration Status (SIS)
Special Placements
Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate
Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate
Statement of Facts for Foster Care
Stepparent and Domestic Partner Adoption
Submission of Last Minute Information for the Court
Summary Of Clearances
Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)
Supervised Visits
Supervision of Fost-Adopt and Adoptive Placements
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Benefits for Children in Care
Suspected Child Abuse Report: Release of Information Pursuant to Penal Code Sections 11167(d) and 11167.5

T
Taking Children into Temporary Custody
Teen Parent DPSS Services Assessment (Non-Dependent Parenting Teens Referred by DPSS)
Teen Parents in Foster Care
Telephone Numbers For The Child Protection Hotline
Terminating an Adoptive Placement
The Care of Children Placed in a Foster Family Agency Home (FFA)
The Care of Children Placed in a Licensed Foster Home, Relative/Non-Relative Extended Family Members Home or Small Family Home
The Care of Children Placed in Group Homes
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Time Frames For Responses To Referrals
Time Frames for Submission of Court Reports
Transitional Housing Program – PLUS (THP-PLUS)
Transportation Requests to Bring Children/Youth to Court
Travel Policy, Travel Advance and Expense Reimbursement

U
Utilization of Medical HUBS

V
Vacation Request
Victims of Crime: Referrals and Release of Information to Service Providers
Visual Inspection of Children
Voluntary Placement

W
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 329 Referrals
Welfare Case Management Information System (WCMIS)
When a Child is Residing in the Home of a Relative or Non Relative Extended Family Member That Does Not Meet Title 22 Approval Standards
When Clients Provide Their Own Interpreter
WIC 388 Petitions: Response Report
Wraparound Approach
Writing the Detention Report
Writing the Jurisdictional/ Dispositional Hearing Report
Writing the Probate Legal Guardianship Court Report
Writing the Status Review Hearing Report for WIC Section 364, 366.21(E) or (F), 366.22 or 366.25 Hearings
Writing the WIC 366.26 Hearing Report
Writing the WIC 366.3 Status Review Hearing Report
Writing The WIC 366.31 Status Review Hearing Report For Non-Minor Dependents

X

Y
Youth/Children's Welcome Center
Youth Development: 90-Day Transition Plan and Transitioning to Independence
Youth Development: Education
Youth Development:Independent Living Program (ILP) And Other Services For Transition Age Youth
Youth Development: TILP
Youth Permanency Unit Pilot Program

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All All Children Welfare Services Handbook

A_ 0200-507.25 Accepting a Consent for an Independent Adoption

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 06/24/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify that the Adoption Service Provider (ASP) who advised the birth mother and witnessed the signing of the consent can also be the ASP present for the signing of a waiver of the right to revoke consent, if the birth parents are represented by independent legal counsel. Also, if the waiver is signed in the presence of an ASP, the waiver must be reviewed by the independent legal counsel prior to the waiver being signed.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Title 22, Division 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 4, Section 35094.1-35094.3
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Title 22, Division 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 4, Section 35095-35122
California Family Code Section 7540
California Family Code Section 7541(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(1)(2)(3)
California Family Code Section 7573
California Family Code Section 7574(a)(b)(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)
California Family Code Sections 7576(a)(b)(c)(d)(b)(e)
California Family Code Section 7577
California Family Code Section 7611(a)(b)(1)(2)(c)(1)(2)(d)(e)(f)
California Family Code Section 8524
California Family Code Section 8801(a)
California Family Code Section 8813
California Family Code Section 8814(c)
California Family Code Section 8814.5
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-508.14 Accepting the Statement of Understanding & Relinquishment Documents

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect current practice. The Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
California Family Code Section 7662
California Family Code Section 8620(1)
California Family Code Section 8700
California Family Code Section 8701
California Family Code Section 8702
Family Code Section 9203
Family Code Section 9204
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Sections 35130-35152
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0900-511.20 Adoption Fees

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to merge it with 0900-511.21, Adoption Fee Determination Guide, update or clarify current terminologies, procedures, related policy and form location.
Legal Basis:
All County Letter 08-45
California Family Code Section 8716
California Family Code Section 8810
California Family Code Section 9002
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-511.06 Adoption Assistance Program (AAP): Impact on Public Assistance Programs

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify that Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) payments are exempt when determining eligibility and grant amounts for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. In February 2011, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) entered into a settlement agreement in the court case Cadaret v. Wagner, agreeing to issue regulations specifically excluding AAP payments from being considered as available income in CalWORKs eligibility determinations and grant calculations. CDSS agreed to put into text in the Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) what already has been the longstanding policy in the CalWORKs program of excluding AAP payments when determining eligibility and grant amounts for CalWORKs applicants and recipients.
Legal Basis:
Code of Federal Regulations Title 24 Section 5.609(c)
Code of Federal Regulations Title 7 Section 273.1(b)(4)
All County Letter No. 02-56, Dolores Yarbrough v. Rita Saenz and California Department of Social Services
ACL 09-51 (September 29, 2009)
CDSS Manual Letter NO. EAS 11-01
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-511.10 Adoption Assistance Program (AAP): Reassessment Procedures

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 12/12/12
Summary of Revision Made: This version revises procedures due to the introduction of the new AAP forms and changes in the law.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Adoptions Manual (AD)of Policies and Procedures, Section 35343
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5 Section 35343
Welfare and Intuitions Code 16121
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-515.05 Adoption of Children Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 11/19/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was updated due to the enactment of AB 1712. As a result of AB 1712, dependency court can hold a Welfare and Institutions (WIC) Code 366.26 hearing for a nonminor dependent who is an Indian child if tribal customary adoption is the permanent plan. This policy has been updated to include nonminor dependent in the definition of an “Indian” child for the purpose of this procedural guide.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of Court, Rule 5.481
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) All County Letter No. 08-02
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177, (Adoption Users Manual) 35181
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35183 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-515-520
California Family Code 8712
Family Code 7907.3
Family Code 8606.5
Family Code 8616.5
Family Code 8619.5
Family Code 8620 (3)(b)
Family Code 8710
Family Code 9208
Health and Safety Code 1522.1(b) (c)
State Regulations Division 31-515-520
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.1
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.2
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.3
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.4
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.5
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.6
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 294
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 305.5
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.31
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 366.24
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 366.25
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 366.31
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.24
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(e)(3)
Acl 10-17, Assembly Bill 1325, Chapter 287, Statutes Of 2009 Tribal Customary Adoption
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-519.10 Adoption of Children Under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 07/23/08
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add additional requirements for the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 that states that an ICPC adoptive home study be completed within 60 calendar days.
Legal Basis:
All County Letter 08-26
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.5
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 8 thru 9, Section 35400 – 35409
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35203
Family Code Sections 7900 – 7912
Family Code 7901.1
Family Code 8801
Family Code 8613
Welfare and Institutions Code 366.26(e)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16170-16177
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 1200-500.70 Adoption of DCFS-Supervised Children by DCFS Employees

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: Clarify the responsibilities of the Case-Carrying CSW's Deputy Director;
Notify staff of the addition of the DCFS 6016 form for completion and;
Clarify the definition of a NREFM to state: "A relationship with the child based solely upon the professional relationship established as a DCFS employee does not qualify as a NREFM."
Cancels: None
Legal Basis:
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Personnel Manual, Section 8.352
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0200-509.35 Adoptive Placement

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 09/17/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include instructions for cooperative placements. CSWs are to ensure that the private agency is given a completed copy of the AAP 4. Also, new State forms were added replacing existing forms. Further, the Adoptions Division is now known as the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35127.1
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35195
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35197
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35199
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35201
Family Code 8706(a)(b)
Public Law 110-84, Section 604(a)(2)
Welfare and Institution Code 366.26 (j)
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0300-507.05 Adverse Court Order/Decision

A_ 0200-508.10 Advising & Providing Services to Parents Prior to Accepting a Statement of Understanding & Relinquishment Document

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 06/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect current practice. The Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD). The procedure section has been re-organized to clearly identify and define the alternative forms of adoption.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Adoptions Regulation 35129.1 – 35129.2
California Family Code Sections 7540
California Family Code Section 7576
California Family Code Section 7611
California Family Code Section 7660.5
California Family Code Section 7662(b)
California Family Code Section 8801
California Family Code 8801.3(5)(6)(c)
California Family Code Section 8801.5(c)(5)
California Family Code 8606.5
California Family Code Section 8700(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 224.4
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 305.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.31
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(o)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16507.2
Operational Impact
Procedures
Related Policies
Forms
Approval Level Needed

A_ 0900-511.10 AFDC-FC/GRI-FC Rates

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 10/15/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised as the result of the release of All County Letters (ACL) 12-43, Aid to Families With Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) California Necessities Index (CNI) Increases and Other Rate Increases; Clarification of the Continuation of AFDC-FC Benefits Beyond Age 19 and ACL 12-45, Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Rates. ACL 12-43 stated that the purpose of this ACL is to inform counties and other interested parties of the CNI increase that is applicable to out-of-home placements and the AFDCFC Program. The adjusted schedule of rates reflects the CNI increase of 2.98 percent for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13. In addition, the ACL identified other rate changes authorized by Senate Bill (SB) 1013. Prospectively, the California Department of Social Services will issue an ACL each year to adjust rates to reflect changes in the CNI. ACL 12-45, Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Rates, inform counties, of the California Necessities Index (CNI) increase to be applied to the AAP basic rate. The adjusted schedule of rates in the ACL reflects the CNI increase of 2.98 percent for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012/13, effective July 1, 2012. In addition, the ACL reflects the CNI increases to be applied to the Dual Agency rates, effective July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, per SB 1013. The ACL also affirms that the negotiated AAP rate continues to be based on the child’s needs and the circumstances of the family and may include the Specialized Care Increment (SCI), if eligible. The SCI rate is calculated by adding the SCI to the basic rate; therefore, recipients who receive this rate will also receive an increase due to the increase to the basic rate.
Legal Basis: (None)
Operational Impact (none)
Procedures
Related Policies (None)
Forms (None)
Approval Level Needed (None)

A_ 0070-502.10 Allegation Guide

Complete Policy

Date Issue: 09/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised as a result of revisions to Procedural Guide 0050-503.20, Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Classification of Allegations, regarding inappropriate referrals.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.1
Penal Code Section 11165.2
Penal Code Section 11165.3
Penal Code Section 11165.4
Penal Code Section 11165.5
Penal Code Section 11165.6
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A_ 0050-503.45 Allegations Received From A Source Other Than The Child Protection Hotline

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Date Issue: 06/28/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.7
Penal Code Sections11165.9
Penal Code Sections 11166(a)
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A_ 0300-306.20 Alleged Father: Notice & Waiver

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: Non substantive changes were made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Sections 7540
Family Code Section 7576
Family Code Section 7611
State Regulations Title 22, Section 35361
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Sections 290.1, 290.2, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, and 297
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 316.2 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 316.2(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 316.2(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(e)(2)
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A_ 0700-507.10 Appointment of an Educational Representative or Surrogate Parent and/or Developmental Services Decision-Maker

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect its applicability to a Non-minor Dependent (NMD); that pursuant to WIC 361(E)(3), if the court limits the parent(s)’ educational rights, the court shall determine (with the CSW’s recommendation) whether there is a responsible adult who is a relative, non-relative extended family member, or other adult known to the child who is available and willing to serve as the child's educational representative before appointing an educational representative or surrogate who is not known to the child; new responsibilities for the educational representative or surrogate; and that the JV 535/536 are no longer forwarded to and logged by the Education section.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of Court (ROC) Section 5.650 Appointment of Educational Representative
ROC Section 5.651 Educational Rights of Children Before the Juvenile Court
California Education Code (EC) Section 56026
EC Section 56050
EC Section 56055
California Government Code (GC) Section 7579.5.
GC Section 7579.5(h)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 245.5
WIC Section 361(a)
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A_ 0200-506.10 Applicant Assessment for the Adoption of Children

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Date Issue: 12/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to ensure that all prospective adoptive parents have their addresses cross checked with the Megan’s Law website. Also, CSW’s are instructed to check the Megan’s Law website to ensure that prospective adoptive parent(s) and any adults or children residing in the home are not registered sex offenders.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177 (Adoption Users Manual) (e), (g) and (h)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177, (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177, (Adoption Users Manual) 35180
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177, (Adoption Users Manual) 35181
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35183 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35183.1 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35184 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Family Code Section 8601
California Family Code Section 8603
California Family Code 8712
Health and Safety Code 1522.1(b) (c)
Health and Safety Code 11361.5
Health and Safety Code 11361.7
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A_ 0070-516.10 Assessing a Child’s Development and Referring to And Collaborating With Regional Center

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: The revisions made were not highlighted due to the extent of changes made. Procedural Guide 0070-516.10, Assessing the Development of Children 0-59 Months Old is merged with Procedural Guides 0600-520.00, Collaborating with Regional Center to Provide Services to Children/Youth and 0070-548.15, Referring Children 0-36 Months Who Are Involved In A Substantiated Referral To Regional Center For An Assessment. It also implements recommendations made by the Regional Center Referral Committee workgroup commissioned by Judge Nash to improve the Regional Center referral process. The consent, referral process, timelines and joint response referral process were also clarified and best practice recommendations were added. The CSAT process was integrated into this policy.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.111
Welfare and Institution Code Section 4512(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4642
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11464 (c - f)
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A_ 0070-532.10 Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was revised per the following legislative changes that became effective January 1, 2014.
 Health and Safety Code 121020 - permits the CSW to consent to HIV testing and treatment for infants 0-12 months old; defines the treatment as emergency medical care and; requires the CSW to provide contact information for the biological mother to the physician.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 121020
California Penal Code 11165.1
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A_ 0070-529.10 Assessing Allegations of Physical Abuse

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Date Issue: 06/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse.) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, this Procedural Guide was updated to reflect changes due to the warrant requirement impacting the disrobing, HUB and medical consent policy.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Sections 11165.3
Penal Code Sections 11165 (4)
Penal Code Sections 11171 (a), (1) & (2)
Penal Code Section 11171.2 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 324.5 (a)
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A_ 0070-548.07 Assessing for the Safety and Risk of Newborns for Families Already Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was revised per the following legislative changes that became effective January 1, 2014.
 Health and Safety Code 121020 - permits the CSW to consent to HIV testing and treatment for infants 0-12 months old; defines the treatment as emergency medical care and; requires the CSW to provide contact information for the biological mother to the physician.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 121020
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
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A_ 0070-524.00 Assessment of a Parent’s Failure to Protect by Failing to Provide a Child With Adequate Shelter

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Date Issue: 05/13/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300(b)
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A_ 0100-520.50, Assessment Of A Potential Caregiver’s Ability To Meet A Child’s Needs

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This procedural guide was updated to include information to better assess a potential caregiver for a medically fragile child. This change is in accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code 17739 which gives priority consideration for medically fragile to a foster parent who is an individual nurse provider who provides health services under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program. The priority consideration is subordinate to the preference granted to a relative of the child.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 21-100, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-420
Family Code Section 8708
Family Code Section 87091
Health and Safety Code Section 1501.1
Health and Safety Code Section 1521.6
Manual of Policies and Procedures Adoption Users Manual Section 35011
United States C ode Title 42 Section 671(a)(18)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.31
Welfare and Institution Code Section 827
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16001.9
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002(b)
United States C ode Title 42 Section 671(a)(18)
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A_ 0600-505.10 Assessment of and Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

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Date Issue: 03/04/10
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the name change from Medical Placement Unit (MPU) to Medical Case Management Services Unit (MCMS) and that the Concurrent Planning Redesign has been rolled out in all offices; add procedures related to the long-term care Medi-Cal application process; and reflect current MCMS and transportation request procedures, required forms and related policies. Procedures that are duplicated/outlined in related policies were removed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17730
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17731
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17732
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17732.1
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17733
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17734
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17735
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17736
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 17737
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
Health and Safety Code 1507.5
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A_ 0070-537.10 Assessment of Domestic Violence

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. The instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 3031(a-c)
Penal Code Section 13700(d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 213.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18291 (a)
In re Heather A., 52 Cal App. 4th 183 (1996)
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A_ 0070-521.10 Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Abuse

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to include information on medical marijuana, Project Safe that is being piloted in the El Monte and Metro North offices and instructions for when a parent refuses to drug test.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 11165.13
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300(b)
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A_ 0070-534.10 Assessment of Emotional Abuse

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Date Issue: 12/19/11
Summary of Revision Made: (None)
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.3
Penal Code Section 11166.05
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A_ 0070-535.10 Assessment of Exploitation

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Date Issue: 06/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse.) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, some non-substantive changes have been made.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.1 (c)
Penal Code Section 311.2
Labor Code Sections 1285-1312
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A_ 0070-524.10 Assessment of Failure to Thrive

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Date Issue: 09/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a Children’s Special Investigations Unit (CSIU) recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.111
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.112
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.113
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.114
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A_ 0070-526.10 Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

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Date Issue: 10/05/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” At the request of the Bureau of the Medical Director and some stakeholders the title of this Procedural Guide was changed. In addition, others revisions were made for clarity purposes regarding the assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In addition, the role of the Public Health Nurse (PHN) were clarified.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 11165.13
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300(b)
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A_ 0070-521.11 Assessment of Medical Neglect

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Date Issue: 07/21/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current policy format and update reference to forms.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300(b)
Penal Code Section 11165.2(b)
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A_ 0070-528.10 Assessment of Medical, Educational and Mental Health Special Needs

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Date Issue: 03/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.”
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code section 17730
Education Code Section 49423.1
Education Code Section 56026
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710 (g)
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504
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A_ 0070-538.10 Assessment of Parental Absence

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Date Issue: 03/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. The instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, links were updated and other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Family Code 6550 & 6552
Penal Code, Section 833.2
Penal Code, Section 13517.7
CDSS MPP Division 31-115
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 305(a)
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A_ 0070-536.10 Assessment of Parental Incapacity

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Date Issue: 03/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a CSIU recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. The instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, reference to the use of Upfront Assessments has been added.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 (b)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
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A_ 0200-507.15 Assessment of Petitioner(s) Birth Parent(s) & Child for an Independent Adoption

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect that certain marijuana-related offenses covered by the Marijuana Reform Act of 1977 do not need to be disclosed as outlined in Health and Safety Code Sections 11361.5 and 11361.7. Further, language was added to clarify when a pre-placement evaluation was valid. Also, the Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Adoptions Regulation 35083
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Adoptions Regulation 35089
California Family Code Section 8706
California Family Code 8712
California Family Code Section 8713
California Family Code Section 8801.5
California Family Code Section 8802
California Family Code Section 8806
California Family Code Section 8807
California Family Code Section 8808
California Family Code Section 8810
California Family Code Section 8811.5
California Family Code Section 8814.5
California Family Code Section 8820
Health and Safety Code 1522.1(b)
Health and Safety Code 11361.5
Penal Code 280
Welfare and Institutions Code 16120(h)
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A_ 0070-525.10 Assessment of Shaken Infant Syndrome

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Date Issue: 09/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: As a result of a Children’s Special Investigations Unit (CSIU) recommendation the following statement was added to this Procedural Guide: “This Procedural Guide provides staff with an overview of how CSWs are to assess a particular allegation (e.g., physical abuse) and instructions on observing, gathering, assessing evidence, etc. However, the instructions provided in this Procedural Guide are meant to support the emergency response investigation. CSWs must follow the procedures set forth in Procedural Guide 0070-548.10, Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral.” In addition, updated the link to the Medical Case Management Services (MCMS) Unit. Further, other non-substantive changes were made
Legal Basis: (None)
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A_ 0080-502.25 Assessment Process to Terminate Child Welfare Services

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Date Issue: 06/18/09
Summary of Revision Made: Instructions to ensure the provision of the birth certificate to the legal guardian and/or youth prior to case closure were added. Non-substantive changes were made to further clarify the procedures and to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 364(c)
Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 391
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.3(e)
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B_ 0900-503.10 Back to School Clothing Allowance

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Date Issue: 08/13/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify and change the age eligibility criteria for the Back-to-School Clothing (BTSC) allowance. It also reflects that children receiving the dual agency rate are not eligible for the BTSC allowance. It also reflects that a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) receiving extended foster care benefits and meeting certain criteria is eligible for county clothing allowances if the placement type is otherwise eligible for the allowances.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11460
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11461 (f) (1)
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B_ 0900-520.10 Bus Passes - Tap Cards - EZ Pass Tap Cards Bus Tokens/Coupons: Eligibility and Ordering

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Date Issue: 12/12/12
Summary of Revision Made:
  • Instruction regarding Educational Travel Reimbursement for Public Transportation To/From the School-of-Origin and Introduces the new DCFS 63E, School-of-Origin Public Transportation Request & Receipt. Reference to Procedural Guide 0900-520.20, Education Travel Reimbursement was added.
  • Instruction regarding Nonminor Dependents (NMD) who are participating in Extended Foster Care (EFC) including Supervised Independent Living Placements (SILP) are eligible for Service Funded Activity (SFA) Transportation funds.
  • Definitions of TAP Card, EZ Pass TAP Card and Student TAP Card.
  • Expansion of title to include TAP Card, EZ Pass TAP Card and eligibility.
  • Correction of dollar amounts of tokens, TAP Card and EZ Pass TAP Card.
  • Instruction to indicate on the DCFS 63 whether or not the case is receiving DPSS services. When it is known that the DPSS services being provided include transportation, advise the client that DCFS is not permitted to duplicate transportation services and refer the client back to DPSS. If needed, assist the client in obtaining DPSS funded transportation services so they can meet their Case Plan requirements timely. Document in the Contact Notebook.
  • Instruction to indicate on the DCFS 63 the age and date of birth of each child for whom SFA Transportation funds are being requested.
  • A NOTE that two children under five years of age may travel free with each fare-paying adult on bus or rail.
  • Instruction to indicate on the DCFS 63 whether the request for the transportation fare is part of a TDM Child Safety Action Plan (when a case plan has not yet been developed and there is no court order) and if there is not a case plan yet, to attach a copy of the TDM Child Safety Action plan indicating that SFA transportation is needed.
  • Minor clarification and formatting changes including summarization of the relevant statutes and regulations.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16501(a)
WIC Section 16501(a)(1)
WIC Section 16501(a)(2)
WIC Section 16501(a)(3)
WIC Section 16501(b)
All County Letter (ACL) 11-51
ACL 10-12
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C_ 0100-510.10 Capacity in a Relative/Nonrelative Extended Family Member/Foster Family Home or FFA Certified Home

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Date Issue: 06/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to address changes in Title 22 regulations regarding licensing capacity.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17732
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18358.15
Health and Safety Code Section 1505.2
Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5 80028
Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5, Section 89224(b)
Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5 Section 89228(a)
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C_ 0100-520.09 Caregiver Approval: Requesting Goods and Services

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Date Issue: 09/01/09
Summary of Revision Made: This procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that the Kinship Support Division and ASFA Division are now separate divisions.
Legal Basis:
California Code of Regulations Title 22, Div. 6, Chapter 9.5, Article 3
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-445
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C_ 1000-501.10 Case Assignment: From Emergency Response Command Post (ERCP) to Regional Office When Children have been Taken into Temporary Custody

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Date Issue: 09/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the current practice used by ERCP to assign a referral/case to the region when children are taken into temporary custody. In addition, the title of the Procedural Guide was changed.
Legal Basis: (None)
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C_ 0080-504.11 Case Plan/Court Report: Court Report Requirements for Children Residing in Group Homes

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Date Issue: 12/11/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect existing and legally mandated court report requirements related to a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) placed in a group home. It also reflects current practice on the utilization of the Health and Education Passport for court reporting purposes.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.05
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366.1
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366(a) (B)(a)(1)
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366.1(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1c)
Operational Impact
Procedures (None)
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C_ 0080-504.20 Case Plan Update

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: The following revisions were made as a result of the CWS/CMS 6.6 Code Drop: the service component of “Supportive Transition” and the case plan goal of “Permanent Connections for Independence” must be selected for non-minor dependents (NMDs). Staff are instructed to complete an updated case plan for those youth that re-enter as NMDs. The following was also added: both parents residing in the home must be included in the case plan, assessment requirements on parent’s that have been deported or detained by Homeland Security and documentation required to ensure educational stability. Revisions of WIC 16501.1 requires that if out-of home care is used to attain case plan goals, the case plan shall include a description of the type of home or institution in which the child is placed and the reasons for the placement.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-206
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-220 CASE PLAN UPDATES
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-225 CASE PLAN UPDATE DOCUMENTATION
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-230 CASE PLAN UPDATE TIME FRAME
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 301(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366 (f)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(b)(3)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(c)(1)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(e)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)(9)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)(12)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(g)(5)(b)(9)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(i)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.25
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010
Education Code Section 48850(a)(1)
United States Code (USC), Title 42, Sections 675, 677
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C_ 1000-504.10 Case Transfer Criteria and Procedures

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add or clarify case transfer requirements related to Extended Foster Care or a Non-minor Dependent (NMD), Coordinated Services Action Team (CSAT), Dependency Investigation, domestic violence shelter address and homeless situation.
Legal Basis: (None)
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C_ 1000-504.60 Case Transfer to and from the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current terminologies and that Concurrent Planning Redesign (CPR) has rolled out county-wide.
Legal Basis: (None)
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C_ 0300-507.10 Cases Where a WRIT Petition or Appeal Has Been Filed: Communication with County Counsel

C_ 0600-501.11 Cessation of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment for Children

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Date Issue: 04/18/07
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current practice and Local Rule of Court 17.4.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 7180
Health and Safety Code Section 7181
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 369(b)
Los Angeles Superior Court Local Rule 17.4
17.4 LIFE-SUSTAINING MEDICAL TREATMENT (LSMT)
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C_ 0300-503.99 Change of Permanent Plan from Legal Guardianship/Kin-GAP to Adoption

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Date Issue: 05/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect one of the new provisions in the Kin-GAP Program as enacted by AB 12 particularly with regards to WIC 11363(b) which states that after the termination of dependency jurisdiction, any parent or person having an interest files with the juvenile court a petition pursuant to Section 388 to change, modify, or set aside an order of the court. Kin-GAP payments shall continue unless and until the juvenile court, after holding a hearing, orders the child removed from the home of the guardian, terminates the guardianship, or maintains dependency jurisdiction after the court concludes the hearing on the petition filed under Section 388. Non-substantive changes were also made to update current staff titles and departmental terminology.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.3(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 388
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g) (F)(2)(B)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section11363(b)
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C_ 1200-501.20 Child Abduction and the Recovery of an Abducted Child

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Date Issue: 01/15/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect current practice and to update contact numbers.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 3130
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 339
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340
Penal Code Section 207
Penal Code Section 277(k)
Penal Code Section 278
Penal Code Section 278.5
Penal Code Section 14250
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C_ 0050-501.35 Child Abuse And Neglect Reporting Act (Canra):Reporting To Licensing Agencies

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Date Issue: 05/13/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been reformatted and simplified to provide CPH staff with more detailed instructions.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.5
Penal Code Section11166.2
Penal Code Section 11169.9
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
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C_ 0050-501.40 Child Abuse And Neglect Reporting Act (Canra):Immunities And Liabilities

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Date Issue: 03/05/08
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current procedures at the Child Protection Hotline. Penal Code Sections 11165.5; 11165.6 and 11166 has amended the terms ”child abuse or neglect” to include “death inflicted by other than accidental means.” Reference to the use of substantial risk as an allegation has be removed per All County Letter 07-52, The Use Of Substantial Risk As An Allegation.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.5
Penal Code Section 11165.6
Penal Code Section 11166
Penal Code Section 11165.11
Penal Code Section 11166.2
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C_0050-501.10 Child Abuse and Reporting Act (CANRA): Who Must Report

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes Penal Code 11165.7, which amends who is considered a mandated reporter.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.7
Penal Code Section 11166
Penal Code Section 11166.05
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C_ 0070-560.10, Child Abuse Central Index (CACI)

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Date Issue: 03/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11170(a)
Penal Code Section 11170(b)(3)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.4(c)
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C_ 0070-548.18 Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) Review Hearings

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the passage of AB 717, which made significant changes to the reporting requirements to the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). Effective January 1, 2012, CSWs will be required to forward to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the BCIA 8583 ONLY when a child abuse/neglect investigation is concluded with a substantiated finding in the categories as designated on the BCIA 8583. Referrals with an inconclusive allegation conclusion are no longer reportable to the DOJ. Also added that CSWs are to contact their out stationed County Counsel when documents and other evidence is requested that support the CACI submission to DOJ and when a CSW is required to attend a grievance hearing.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11169 (a), (b) and (c)
Penal Code Section 11170(b)(2)
California Code of Regulations Title 11, section 901(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31Sections 31-003, 31-021, 31-410, and 31-501
County Letter (ACL) 07-53
All County Information Notice (ACIN) 1-21-08
ACIN 1-22-08
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C_ 0300-503.75 Child Death, Serious Injury or Illness Reporting Responsibilities

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: At the request of the Critical Incident/Child Fatality Section this Procedural Guide was revised to direct CSWs to contact the Child Protection Hotline when a child dies on an open referral. This revision has already been made to impacted Emergency Response Procedural Guides 0070-548.05, 0070-548.06 and 0070-548.10. The Procedural Guide already directs the CSW to do so when a child on an open case dies. In addition, other minor revisions were made.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1536.1 (f)
Penal Code 11166
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C_ 0600-506.10 Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the current timeframe for the completion of the Initial Medical Examination for infants (0-3 years) or “High Risk” children which is within 10 days of initial placement following detention and the current function of the MAT Coordinator and Service Linkage Specialist.
Legal Basis:
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 51184
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-206, .36
US Code-Title 42, Section 1396
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C_ 1200-500.20 Child Passenger Restraint Requirements

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Date Issue: 03/26/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guides was updated due to changes in the law regarding child passenger restraints. Vehicle Code 27360 states that a parent, legal guardian, or driver shall not transport on a highway in a motor vehicle a child or ward who is under eight years of age, without properly securing that child in a rear seat in an appropriate child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Legal Basis:
Vehicle Code Section 27360
Vehicle Code Section 27363
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C_ 0050-503.70 Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Alleged Perpetrator Is Not The Child’s Parent/Legal Guardian/Primary Caregiver

C_ 0050-502.10 Child Protection Hotline (CPH)

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was revised from the 05/10/10 version per legislative changes that state that the fact a child is homeless or an unaccompanied minor is not a sufficient basis for reporting child abuse.
Legal Basis:
CDSS Manual, Division 31 Regulation, Section 31-105.115
CDSS Manual, Division 31 Regulation, Section 31-105.116
Penal Code (PEN) Section 11165.13
PEN Section 11165.15
PEN Section 11165.1
PEN Section 11165.2
PEN Section 11165.3
PEN Section 11165.4
PEN Section 11165.5
PEN Section 11165.6
PEN Section 1166(j)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16504(a)
WIC Section 309 (b)
WIC Section 369 (a-g)
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C_ 0050-503.15 Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Determining Response Times

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Date Issue: 09/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as a result of revisions to Procedural Guide 0070-547.12, Expedited Response Referrals, which added an additional case situation, has been added to the list of situations meriting an expedited response time. In addition, other minor revisions were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504
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C_ 0050-503.40 Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Providing Feedback To Reporting Parties

C_ 0050-504.10 Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referral Name Criteria

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Date Issue: 03/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current procedures at the Child Protection Hotline and the links to the statutes and regulations were added.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-105
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C_ 0050-503.50 Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Children In Out-Of-Home Care And Day Care Who Are Not Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 03/11/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current procedures regarding the use of E-SCARs at the Child Protection Hotline and the links to the statutes and regulations were added.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.5
Penal Code Section 11165.9
Penal Code Section 11165.11
Penal Code Section 11166.2
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C_ 0050-501.25 Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Children And Non-Minor Dependents Abused Or Neglected In Out-Of-Home Care Who Are Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 01/29/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add that DCFS has the authority per WIC 16504 (c) to evaluate for an emergency response to an allegation that a nonminor dependent is endangered by abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a licensed or approved caregiver in order to determine if the placement is safe and appropriate. The title of this Procedural Guide was changed to include non-minor dependents.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.5
Penal Code Section 11166.2
Penal Code Section 11169.9
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504 (c)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
All County Letter (ACL 11-77 November 18, 2011)
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C_ 0050-503.65 Child Protection Hotline (Cph) Referrals Regarding Children In Surrounding Counties

C_ 0050-503.60 Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Referrals Regarding Youth On Probation Residing In Out-Of Home Care

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Date Issue: 01/29/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes to the requirements for the investigation of child abuse allegations regarding probation youth in out-of-home care. Department of Probation is now responsible for entering the outcome of its investigation and any other documentation necessary into CWS/CMS and closing the referral as appropriate.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11166.3
All County Letter 06-15
Memorandum of Understanding
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C_ 0050-503.75 Child Protection Hotline (CPH):Requests For Emergency Medical Consent

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was revised from the 09/06/11 version per legislative changes that now considers HIV treatment for HIV positive infants 0-12 months as emergency medical care, thereby permitting the CSW to consent to treatment.
Legal Basis:
Business and Professional Code (BPC) Section 2397
California Supreme Court Decision, American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren, 1997
Family Code Section 6922
FC 6925
FC 69256(a)
FC 6927
FC 6928(b)
FC 6929
Health and Safety Code 1607.5
Health and Safety Code 121020 (d)
Juvenile Court Rule 7.4(c)
WIC Section 366.27(a)
WIC Section 369
WIC 369(d)
WIC 5326.6
WIC 5326.8
WIC 5326.95
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C_ 0300-505.05 Children Testifying in Courts Other Than in Their Dependency Court Hearing

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Date Issue: 03/12/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is revised to reflect a change in the title. In addition, minor procedural changes were made.
Legal Basis: (None)
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C_ 0070-565.10, Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS): Conducting A Client Search

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to strengthen instructions regarding client searches to include not only an individual’s past child welfare history as an adult but also if they had any involvement as a child. In addition, other minor non-substantive changes were made. Further the title of this Procedural Guide was changed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 361.3
CDSS MPP Division 31-405.1
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C_ 0900-506.10 Clothing Allowances

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) receiving extended foster care benefits is eligible for county clothing allowances if the placement type is otherwise eligible for the allowances.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11460
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11461 (f) (1)
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C_ 0900-511.11 Clothing Allowance Rates

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Date Issue: 01/01/08
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect a 5 % increase in clothing allowance rates.
Legal Basis: (None)
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C_ 0300-506.08 Communications with a Child’s Attorney

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Date Issue: 04/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect revisions in WIC Code Section 362.1 and 16002 and the addition of Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010.6 regarding notification requirements to a child’s attorney as it refers to placements and sibling placements. The DCFS 5402 has been revised to address these new requirements.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11166.1
California Rules of Court 5.651(e) (1)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 301(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010.6
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C_ 0070-548.17 Completion and Submission of the BCIA 8583, Child Abuse or Severe Neglect Indexing Form

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as the result of the release of ACL 12-73, Assembly Bill 1707 and Assembly Bill 1712. Effective January 1, 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be required to purge an individual’s name from the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) if the individual was listed as a minor at the time of the initial substantiated report and has no subsequent substantiated listing(s) made to the CACI ten years after the incident resulting in the CACI listing.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.1
Penal Code Section 11165.2
Penal Code Section 11165.3
Penal Code Section 11165.4
Penal Code Section 11165.6
Penal Code Section 11166.05
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11169(a) & (b)
Penal Code Section 11170(b)(2)
California Code of Regulations 901(a)
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C_ 0070-548.25 Completing The Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety Plan

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Date Issue: 12/05/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to instruct staff to consult with and obtain approval of a SCSW regarding the safety interventions put in place to address the safety threat(s) before leaving the home of the family. The consultation and approval must be documented on the SDM Safety Plan.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.6
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C_ 1200-500.60 Compromise of Child Support

C_ 0300-503.21 Concurrent Planning & Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)-Related Activities

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect ACL 12-51, which is the state requirement to document on CWS/CMS children entering foster care from disrupted and dissolved inter-country adoptions to comply with federal reporting requirements
Legal Basis:
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201.12
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(c)(1)
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C_ 0080-507.20 Concurrent Planning and the Concurrent Planning Assessment (CPA)

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect recent legislation mandating that regardless of his or her immigration status, a relative caregiver shall be given information regarding the permanency options of guardianship and adoption and also permits a court to place a child in any dissolution, dependency, or probate guardianship proceedings with a parent, legal guardian or relative regardless of the immigration status of that person. It also reflects recent legislation authorizing a court to extend the review hearing periods following consideration of the parent's circumstances if a parent has been arrested and issued an immigration hold, detained by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or deported to his or her country of origin. It also reflects Tribal Customary Adoption (TCA) CWS/CMS entry instructions resulting from 6.5 code drop.
Legal Basis:
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366.24(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(f)(9)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 358.1(b), 366.21(e) and 366.22(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26 (c)(1)(A) – (B)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g)(2)(A), 366321 (i)(2)(A) and 366.22(b) (2)(A)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201.12
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g) (F)(2)(B)
ACL 10-17, ASSEMBLY BILL 1325, CHAPTER 287, STATUTES OF 2009 TRIBAL CUSTOMARY ADOPTION
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C_ 0080-507.21 Concurrent Planning: Obtaining Family History Information

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: Minor changes were made to the Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16501.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
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C_ 0070-547.13 Conducting a Concurrent Investigation with Law Enforcement

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Date Issue: 09/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to and instructions dealing with obtaining search warrants and consent to obtain forensic exams. Other non-substantive changes were made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 300
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 305(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 306
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 324.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504(a)
CDSS MPP Division 31-115
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C_ 1200-504.00 Conducting Cursory Searches

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Date Issue: 10/10/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to modify the search process, what is considered weapons and contraband, how confiscated contraband will be handled by security staff. In addition the title of the Procedural Guide has been changed.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 171(b)
Penal Code Section 16430
Penal Code Section 16590
Welfare and Institution Code Section 308(b)
Los Angeles County Code Section 13.12.020
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C_ 0500-507.10 Confidentiality Protocols for Telecommuting, Users of Portable Computing Devices and Mobile Workers

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to remove references to the Tablet PC Production Pilot.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827
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C_ 1200-500.80 Connecting DCFS Individuals/Families to Programs Administered by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that, Section 18951 of the Welfare and Institutions Code has been amended to include CalWORKS case managers in the definition of multidisciplinary personnel team members. Several other non substantive changes have been made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-110.2
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125.4
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C_ 0600-501.09 Consent for Mental Health and/or Developmental Assessment and Services

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Date Issue: 12/20/11
Summary of Revision Made: Added reference to the addition of Section 124260 to the Health and Safety Code with the of the passage of SB 543, 2010 legislation so that a minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to mental health treatment or counseling services if, in the opinion of the attending professional person, the minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in the mental health treatment or counseling services. This new law eliminates previous additional requirements be met that the youth either present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self or others or that the youth be the alleged victim of incest or child abuse and references to the old statute have been removed. Added clarification regarding Convulsive Treatment and Psychosurgery and referenced their definitions from WIC 5325(f)(g). Updated per SB 368, 2011 legislation which added appointment of Developmental Services Decision makers for children over 3 years old when the court has limited the parental developmental decision making rights. Added notification that the DCFS 179-MH has been updated to include consent for Regional Center developmental assessment, as well as, instruction on how to ask the court to limit parental educational decision making rights and appoint an Educational Representative to make educational decisions for a child under 3 years of age who should be referred to the Regional Center Early Start program for eligibility evaluation if a parent does not sign the form. Instructions regarding offices where MAT or CSAT have not been implemented have been removed because these programs are in full effect in all regional offices. Various minor typographical, formatting and other non-substantive changes were made. Added reference to Appendix A, “Recommendation for Court Order for Mental Health and/or Developmental Assessment and Services” and removed repeat ion of this language throughout. Removed other repetitive instructions in the Procedures section and replaced with instructions to refer to the initial instruction.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7002
Health & Safety Code Section 124260
Welfare & Institutions Code Section 319(g)
WIC Section 361(a)
WIC Section 5325
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C_ 0400-503.10 Contact Requirements and Exception

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy was updated from the 09/08/11 version to include changes made to Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16516.5 and 16516.6 pertaining to the requirements for monthly home visits.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 1596.792
HSC Section 1536.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.6
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-002
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-325
CDSS MPP Division 31-320
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-330
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-335
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C_ 0300-503.98 Continuance Requests

C_ 0100-535.40 Continuation Of Afdc-Fc Payments For Non-Court Dependent Youth Age 18 Or Over Residing In An Unrelated Home Or In The Home Of A Kin-Gap Guardian

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Date Issue: 12/22/79
Summary of Revision Made: Instructions were added to this Procedural Guide to enhance the collaboration between CSWs and Eligibility staff to obtain the needed educational documentation needed to determine a youth’s eligibility for continued AFDC-FC payments. This includes the use and revision of the DCFS 1726 to gather the information previously requested via the DCFS 1725.1.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11403
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11363 (b)
CDSS MPP Division 45-202.41
CDSS MPP Division 45-201.111 (c)
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C_ 0300-506.05 Conversations with Attorneys and Other Non-DCFS Individuals

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Date Issue: 05/07/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being updated to add instructions for staff regarding speaking with a youth’s delinquency attorney. The policy was revised to clarify that e-mail can be used as written verification that an Attorney for the Alliance of Children Rights represents a child.
Legal Basis:
Evidence Code, Section 951
Evidence Code, Section 952
Evidence Code, Section 953
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C_ 0300-506.06 Conversations with County Counsel

C_ 1200-500.82 Coordination of Services for Homeless Clients Served by Both the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and DCFS

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Date Issue: 09/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that, Section 18951 of the Welfare and Institutions Code has been amended to include CalWORKS case managers in the definition of multidisciplinary personnel team members. Several other non substantive changes have been made. With the roll-out of Linkages in all DCFS offices, reference to non-linkages office instructions has been removed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10850
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951(d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18964
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C_ 0070-512.10 Correcting the Erroneous Assignment of Referrals

C_ 0100-510.17 Counseling/Transitioning a Child Regarding Out-Of-Home Placement/Replacement

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Date Issue: 09/27/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7950
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 308(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.6
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C_ 0200-507.30 Court Reports for an Independent Adoption

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to instruct CSW’s to include results from the Child Abuse Central Index Clearance (CACI), and other state child abuse registries along with criminal record information. Also, other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 4, Section 35123
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Div 2
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 4, Section 35126
California Family Code 8804
California Family Code 8805
California Family Code 8807(b)
California Family Code Section 8815
California Family Code Section 8822
California Family Code Section 8918
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C_ 0100-525.15, Courtesy Supervision For California Counties

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: Minor revisions were made: contact information to the Out-of-County Services Unit and links were updated and it was added that courtesy supervision includes nonminor dependents.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 36l.2(f)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 36l.2(f)(4)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 36l.2(f)(5)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 36l.2(f)(6)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 36l.2 (g)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-505.121
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C_ 1200-503.20 Creating a Case Without a Referral

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Date Issue: 08/10/10
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify procedures in creating a case without a referral. In addition, an attachment that outlines the necessary steps to create a case without a referral on CWS/CMS has been added.
Legal Basis: None
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D_ 1200-500.30 DCFS Countywide Alcohol and Drug Testing Program

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Date Issue: 02/04/10
Summary of Revision Made: At the request of the contracted vendor, Pacific Toxicology and the Office of the Medical Director the following instruction was added on page 13: “Sign the identification document or have your SCSW sign it.”
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 11165.13
Penal Code, Section 11165.2
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5328
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 10850
United States Code of Federal Regulations, Section 42 CFR 2.11
United States Code of Federal Regulations, Section 42 CFR 2.12
United States Code of Federal Regulations, Section 42 CFR 2.13
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D_ 0200-506.20 Denial or Withdrawal of Approval of Applicant Adoption Assessments and Grievance Procedures

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Date Issue: 12/07/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to instruct CSW’s to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35177 (Adoption Users Manual) (e), (g) and (h)
CDSS, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35215
CDSS, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35217
CDSS, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35219
CDSS, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35221
Family Code Section 8708
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D_ 0600-509.00 Dependency, Drug Court (DDC)/Family Substance Abuse Treatment Program (FSATP)

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Date Issue: 12/07/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify that participants may be required to pay for substance abuse treatment.
Legal Basis: (None)
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D_ 1000-501.30 Dependency Investigation (DI) Assignment Criteria

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Date Issue: 03/06/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised to include instruction for assignment of a Dependency Investigator to:
1. Write and file the WIC 388(e), Extended Foster Care Re-Entry Petition on behalf of eligible nonminor’s and;
2. Write and submit the WIC 388(e) Extended Foster Care Re-Entry Hearing Report.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 361.5(a) (1) (C)
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D_ 0300-303.08 Detention/Release: Unifying the Recommendation Prior to the Detention Hearing

D_ 0500-501.30 Disclosures of Health and Mental Health Information to and from County Departments Providing Services to a Child/Youth

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Date Issue: 12/07/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide had been updated to include information regarding the formation of a child abuse multidisciplinary team. Other non-substantive changes have been made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Civil Code Section 56.10(c)(19) & (20)
Civil Code Section 56.103
County Of Los Angeles Memorandum Of Understanding Related To Disclosures Of Health And Mental Health Information To And From County Departments Which Have Custody Of Minors
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D_ 0070-548.10 Disposition of the Allegations and Closure of the Emergency Response Referral

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to clarify the use of Structured Decision Making Tools, review of out-of-county child welfare history on CWS/CMS, ESCARS 3.7 features, and the state requirement to document on CWS/CMS children entering foster care from disrupted and dissolved intercountry adoptions.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of Court, Rule 5.664 (d)
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11166.1
Penal Code Section 11169(a) & (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.3
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504
Welfare and Institutions Code 18961.7
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-084.4
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
Civil Code 56.10 (c)
Civil Code 56.104
CDSS ACL-12-51
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D_ 0070-513.10 Downgrading and Upgrading Emergency Response Referrals by Regional Staff

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Date Issue: 09/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: A note has been added to remind regional staff when upgrading Evaluated-out referrals to a 5-day response that the Referral date should be within the time frame allotted for a 5-Day response otherwise a new referral needs to be generated.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 16501 (3)(f)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-101-125
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D_ 0600-518.31 Drug-Endangered Children (DEC) Program

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Date Issue: 04/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive revisions were made to this Procedural Guide to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 13875-13879.81
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 300 (a-j)
California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 5144, 5192, and 5198
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D_ 0900-511.12 Dual Agency Rates

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Date Issue: 11/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the California Necessities Index (CNI) increases, particularly as it pertains to the dual agency rate increases.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710
Welfare and Institution Code Section 4512(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4642
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11364
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11464 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11464 (c - f)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11464 (c)(2)(A)
All County Letter No. 08-54
All County Letter No. 08-17
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D_ 0300-312.05 Dual Supervision of DCFS and Probation Cases: WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Process

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made:
  • Clarifies that the WIC 241.1 Pilot Project, where any WIC 300 youth who has a new WIC 602 petition filed in Delinquency Court will be referred to the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for a WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment, has been implemented county wide and is no longer a pilot.
  • Merges Procedural Guides 0070-549.10, DCFS-Probation WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol and 0300-00-312.05, Dual Supervision DCFS-Probation Cases.
  • Expands the title to include Dual Supervision, the WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol and the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) process.
  • Procedures Sections A & B from the Dual Supervision Procedural Guide have been reformatted as Appendix A, General Case Management Tasks on a Dual Supervision Case.
  • Updated the instructions in the Role of the Education Consultant section to include specific instructions for completing and submitting the Education Assessment for the MDT.
  • Added a NOTE stating that in some instances, DCFS may refer the case to the Alliance for Children’s Rights or to Public Counsel. If one of these organizations accepts the referral, they will become an official member of the MDT and have responsibilities similar to those of a DCFS Education Consultant.
  • Added Appendix C, “Instruction for completing the 241.1 Case Summary Report” (previously termed, “241.1 Report” or “241.1 memo”.
  • Added reference to the following forms: DCFS 179, Parental Consent and Authorization For Medical Care and Release of Health and Education Records; DCFS 1361, Referral for Education Consultant Services; and “Notification of an Order for a WIC 241.1 Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Joint Assessment”.
  • Removed reference to the following forms: 241.1 Joint Assessment Referral; Juvenile Court Mental Health Unit WIC 241.1 Report; and DCFS 4140, WIC 241.1 Referral Log.
  • Other nonsubstative changes to formatting, categorization language consistency.

Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 241.1
WIC Section 830
WIC Section 830.1
WIC Section 18951(d)
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D_ 0300-306.75 Due Diligence

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Date Issue: 08/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: New Procedures for requesting Probation Records have been added. See Section “F” on Page 10 as reflected in FYI 10-35, New Protocol for Obtaining Adult Probation Information.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Sections 290.1, 290.2, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 366.21 and 366.26
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 294 (f) (7)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.5 (b) (1)
Penal Code Section 11105 (b) (18)
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E_ 0900-520.20 Education Travel Reimbursement

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Date Issue: 08/13/2013
Summary of Revision Made: This new policy includes the following new forms:
DCFS 63B, School-of-Origin Travel Plan
DCFS 63E, School-of-Origin Public Transportation Request & Receipt
DCFS 63F, Education Travel Caregiver Affidavit for Retroactive Reimbursement.
Legal Basis:
Education Code Section 48850(a)(1),
Education Code Section 48853.5,
Education Code Section 48853.5(e),
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16001.9(a)(13),
WIC Section 16010(a),
WIC Section 16501.1(c)(1),
All County Letter (ACL) 13-03,
ACL 11-51,
ACL 10-12,
Public Law 110-351
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E_ 0900-527.10 Emergency Aid Requisition (EAR)

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Date Issue: 09/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: Minor revisions to this Procedural Guide have been made at the request of the Bureau of Finance and Administration, as a result of recommendations from the Auditor Controllers Office.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code section 11260.(a) and (f)(1)
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E_ 0100-510.25 Placement In An Emergency Shelter Care: Foster Family Home Or Group Home-Setting

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Date Issue: 03/12/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the current process of placing a Child in an Emergency Shelter Care Foster Family Home or Group-Home Emergency Shelter Care (GH-ESC). In addition, the title of the Procedural Guide has been changed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501(a)(3)
Health and Safety Code Section 1502(a)(11)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-410.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-410.3
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-415
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E_ 0070-548.05 Emergency Response Referrals Alleging Abuse in Out-Of-Home Care Regarding Children Who are Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 04/30/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the passage of AB 717, which made significant changes to the reporting requirements to the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). Effective January 1, 2012, CSWs will be required to forward to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the BCIA 8583 ONLY when a child abuse/neglect investigation is concluded with a substantiated finding in the categories as designated on the BCIA 8583. Referrals with an inconclusive allegation conclusion are no longer reportable to the DOJ. In addition, the definition of substantiated was updated per Penal Code 11165.12 (b).
Effective April 1, 2013, the Department is no longer operating under the state waiver to close emergency response referrals within 60-days. Emergency response referrals must be closed or promoted to a case within 30-days.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11169(a) & (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.15
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504
Welfare and Institutions Code 18961.7
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
Civil Code 56.10 (c)
Civil Code 56.104
All County Letter 07-52, The Use of Substantial Risk as an Allegation
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E_ 0070-548.06 Emergency Response Referrals Alleging Abuse of Children Who are Under DCFS Supervision and Residing in the Home of a Parent

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Date Issue: 04/30/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the passage of AB 717, which made significant changes to the reporting requirements to the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). Effective January 1, 2012, CSWs will be required to forward to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the BCIA 8583 ONLY when a child abuse/neglect investigation is concluded with a substantiated finding in the categories as designated on the BCIA 8583. Referrals with an inconclusive allegation conclusion are no longer reportable to the DOJ. In addition, the definition of substantiated was updated per Penal Code 11165.12 (b).
Effective April 1, 2013, the Department is no longer operating under the state waiver to close emergency response referrals within 60-days. Emergency response referrals must be closed or promoted to a case within 30-days.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Penal Code Section 11169(a) & (b)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
Civil Code 56.10 (c)
Civil Code 56.104
Welfare and Institutions Code 18961.7
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E_ 0300-503.11 Establishing the Competency of Children to Testify

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive revisions have been made.
Legal Basis:
Evidence Code Section 701
In Re Malinda S., 51 Cal. 3d 368, 1990
In Re Kailee B., 18 Cal. App. 4th 719, 1993
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E_ 1000-501.40 Establishing the Service Address for Referrals

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Date Issue: 03/06/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as a result of revisions made to Procedural Guide 0050-504.05, Referral Assignment Criteria, dated 03/10/11. These revisions are based on the guidelines outlined in the memo from the Executive Team dated December 06, 2010 to determine the best way to initiate and complete the investigation of a new allegation on an open case.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-105
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E_ 0100-520.10 Evaluating a Prospective Caregiver

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was updated from the 06/04/12 version due to changes in Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 362.7 which expanded the definition of a nonrelative 0100-520.10 (Rev.03/26/14) Page 2 of 26 extended family member (NREFM). A nonrelative extended family member is now defined as an adult caregiver who has an established familial relationship with a relative of the child or a familial or mentoring relationship with the child.
Legal Basis:
All County Letter (ACL) No. 12-12
ACL No. 13-27
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 21-100
CDSS MPP Division 31-445.1
CDSS MPP Division 31-445.2
Family Code (FAM) Section 7950(a)
FAM Section 8708
FAM Section 8709
Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 1505.2
HSC Section 1521.6
HSC Section 1522
HSC Section 1522.1(b)
HSC Section 89317-89388
Penal Code (PEN) Section 11105(t)
PEN Section 11105.2
PEN Section 11170
United States Code Title, 42, Section 671(a)(18)
Welfare and Institution Code Section 309(d)(1)
WIC Section 309(d)(2)
WIC Section 309(e)(1)
WIC Section 319(f)(1)
WIC Section 319(f)(2)
WIC Section 361.3
WIC Section 361.4
WIC Section 361.45
WIC Section 362.7
WIC Section 11402.4
WIC Section 16001.9
WIC Section 16002(b)
WIC Section 16504.5
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E_ 0070-515.10 Evaluating Out Emergency Response Referrals by Regional Staff

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Date Issue: 07/30/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to expand the scenarios when a referral can be evaluated out by regional staff.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504(a)
California Department of Social Services Manual, Division 31 Regulations, Section 31-105.115
California Department of Social Services Manual, Division 31 Regulations, Section 31-105.116
California Department of Social Services Manual, Division 31 Regulations, Section 31-105.117
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E_ 0100-520.70, Exemptions For Relatives, Non-Relative Extended Family Members, And Prospective Guardians With Criminal History Records

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect revisions made to Procedural Guide 0200-506.10, Applicant Assessment for the Adoption of Children, regarding minor marijuana convictions or arrests, which are over two years old.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1522 (g)(1)
Health and Safety Code Section 1522 (g)(1)(C)
Health and Safety Code 11361.5
Health and Safety Code 11361.7
Penal Code Section 667.5
Penal Code 667.5(c)(8)
Penal Code Section 4852.13(a)(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code 203
Welfare and Institutions Code 361.4
Welfare and Institutions Code 361.4(d)(2)
California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 6, Article 3, Section 80019.1(j)(1)(A)(2)(A)
Community Care Licensing Evaluators Manual Section 7-1550
Community Care Licensing Evaluators Manual Section 7-1600
Community Care Licensing Evaluators Manual Section 7-1700
Community Care Licensing Evaluators Manual Section 7-1731
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E_ 0600-515.09, Exodus Recovery Urgent Mental Health Care Center Referral

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Date Issue: 12/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: N/A
Legal Basis:
California Rules of Court 5.640(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 5150
WIC Section 5585
WIC Section 5585.10
WIC Section 5585.20
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-405
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E_0070-547.14 Expedited Joint Response Referral Protocol With The DMH Field Response Operations (FRO) And DCFS

E_ 0070-547.12 Expedited Response Referrals

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Date Issue: 09/06/11
Summary of Revision Made: All instructions that reference office which have not rolled out Point of Engagement have been removed since all offices have rolled out. An additional case situation has been added to the list of situations meriting an expedited response time. In addition, the following instruction was added: “If applicable, discuss the need to obtain a search warrant for any child not already in law enforcement custody, or does exigency exist for those children.” Further, several other non substantive changes.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 300
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 306
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504(a)
CDSS MPP Division 31-115
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E_ 0100-535.25 Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program

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Date Issue: 12/11/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect updated information and the changes made to the law based on the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1473 which among other things, allows continuation of foster care payments to otherwise eligible youth who have been receiving aid and attain age 19 in 2012 and age 20 in 2013; and removes the requirement that the extension to age 21 in 2014 be subject to future appropriation by the Legislature. It also reflects Non-minor Dependent (NMD)-related technical, clarifying and federal conformity changes as enacted by AB 1712 and CWS/CMS Code 6.7 Drop.
Legal Basis:
State Regulations Division 31-515-520
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.31(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.31(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.31(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.32
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.6
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.3 (l) and (m)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 391
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 366.31
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(v)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section (aa)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11403
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11401(e)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(f)(16)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1c)
ALL COUNTY INFORMATION NOTICE NO. I-40-11
ALL COUNTY LETTER 11-69
ACL 11-61 (November 4, 2011)
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E_ 0100-535.65 Extended Foster Care: Re-Entry of Nonminor Former Dependent

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Date Issue: 02/01/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include: Instruction that all Re-Entry youth will be assigned back to the Regional Office the Re-Entry youth was assigned to when exiting foster care.
Instruction that if there is a need to transfer the case to another office due to placement location issues for the assigned CSW, the transfer can take place within 12 months with agreement between all parties.
Removal of Procedure sections pertaining to filing of a WIC 388(e) petition and writing a WIC 388(e) hearing report because Procedural Guides 0300-301.05, Petitions and 0300-503.41, WIC 388 Petitions: Response Report have been updated and now include these instructions.
Removal of reference to Attachment E, EFC Re-Entry CSW Information/Consultation Call notice.
Added instruction and policy reference regarding Dependency Investigator (DI) assignment criteria related to EFC Re-Entry 388(e) Petitions and Response Reports.
Added clarification regarding EFC Re-Entry eligibility age-of-youth criteria.
Clarified that “one business day” equals 24 hours.
Added Probation Department contact information for CPH staff to provide to nonminor’s who exited Probation and wish to Re-Enter and participate in EFC.
Clarified that EFC Re-Entry services and payments start date is the date the youth signed the SOC 163.
Added clarification regarding submission of completed Re-Entry documents to Revenue Enhancement.
Added instruction and clarification regarding DCFS Juvenile Court Services (JCS) responsibility to ensure the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) has generated a CSW Information/Consultation Call notice on behalf of youth whose WIC 388(e) Re-Entry Petitions were not filed by DCFS.
Added instructions for CPH staff when receiving a notification phone call from JCS regarding a nonminor who filed their own WIC 388(e) EFC Re-Entry Petition.
Added instruction for JCS for case assignment when court sets a jurisdiction hearing for an EFC Re-Entry youth who filed a WIC 388(e) Petition without DCFS involvement.
Clarified the legally mandated time frames for completion and submission to court of the EFC Re-Entry youth’s new Case Plan and TILP for the WIC 366.31 hearing.
Added reference to FYI 12-30, CWS/CMS 6.7 Code Drop Summary regarding Reopening of cases for EFC Re-Entry youth.
Added instruction for CPH for response to calls from nonminor, former Ward/Probation youth. The CPH is to explain to the youth that (s)he should contact Probation to initiate the EFC Re-Entry process, advise the youth to expect a Same or Next Business Day response during regular business hours (no after-hours, weekends or holidays) and provide the Probation EFC Re-Entry contact information to the youth.
Legal Basis:
United States Code (USC) 42, Section 675(8)(B)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 303
WIC Section 366.3
WIC Section 391
WIC Section 366.31
WIC Section 388(e)
WIC Section 11400(v)
WIC Section 11401(e)
WIC Section 11403
WIC Section 16501.1(c)
WIC Section 16501.1(f)(16)(A)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-515-520
California Rule of Court 5.906
All County Information Notice (ACIN) No. I-40-11
All County Letter (ACL) 11-61
ACL 11-69
ACL 11-77
ACL 11-85
ACL 12-12
ACL 12-48
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F_ 0070-559.11, Family And Children's Index (FCI)

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Date Issue: 02/09/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the recommendations made by the Executive Team (memo dated 09/15/10). The following changes were made: Instructions were added for CSWs to contact the DCFS FCI leads when a participating FCI agency does not respond within 5 business days from the time when the request was made and 5 circumstances when CSWs are not required to follow-up on an FCI hit.
In addition, directions were added regarding the formation of Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) and the ability of social workers to obtain information from mental health and medical providers during an ER investigation due to changes in law.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 18961
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 18961.5
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 18961.6
Welfare and Institutions Code 18961.7
Civil Code 56.10 (c)
Civil Code 56.104
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F_ 0070-548.03 Family Centered Conferences/Team Decision Making Meetings

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Date Issue: 08/25/10
Summary of Revision Made: The title of he Procedural Guide was changed. Procedural Guide 0100-525.40, Team Decision Making: the Resources Management Process (RMP/TDM) was merged with this Procedural Guide. Some duplicative and general information related to a team decision making process were removed. Some information/procedures were moved to other sections within this Procedural Guide for better flow and to conform to current policy format. Procedures were revised to reflect current practice and to clarify the current criteria of when a TDM or Permanency Planning Conference (PPC meeting) is required. This includes removing the previous requirement of a 30-day, 4-month and 9-month PPC. It also reflects departmental policy that a parent may not participate in a TDM meeting over the telephone unless due to extenuating circumstances as addressed in this procedural guide. It also adds the requirement that the TDM Facilitator documents the TDM meeting i.e. the participants, strengths, concerns, the Safety/Action Plan and efforts to invite Community Partners to TDM into CSW/CMS Contact Notebook within 10 business days from the TDM meeting. It adds the procedures related to the Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT) conferences.
Legal Basis: (None)
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F_ 0070-548.14 Family Code Section 3027 Referrals

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Date Issue: 08/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: The section pertaining to the procedures to follow to release information/records to Family Law and Probate Court has been removed and staff is then directed to Procedural Guide 0500-501.10, Releasing Case Record which contains the applicable information and instructions. Accordingly, this Procedural Guide has been re-titled to reflect its focus i.e. the investigation of child abuse referrals from the Family Law Court pursuant to Family Code (FC) 3027. In addition, references about referrals coming from Probate Court have been removed and staff is directed to Procedural Guide 0070-548.13, Probate Code Section1513 (c) Referrals, for the applicable information. Changes were made to incorporate changes in the law per AB 939 which include expanding the scope of those provisions in which during a child custody proceeding, the court may take reasonable, temporary steps to protect the child's safety, including requesting that the local child welfare services agency conduct an investigation of the allegations. These provisions have been expanded to apply to all allegations of child abuse and not just child sexual abuse. The law also directs the social worker to draw no inference regarding the credibility of allegations of child abuse from the mere existence of a child custody or visitation dispute. The process on how to report the findings to the Family Court and how they are tracked were developed and/or clarified.
Legal Basis:
Family Code (FC) Section 3027
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 328
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 827.10
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F_ 0090-503.10 Family Maintenance Services For Both Court and Voluntary Cases

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being updated as a result of the release of FYI 10-75, Tracking WIC 301 and 360(b) Cases on CWS/CMS. Instructions were added directing CSWs you use the Special Projects Page in CWS/CMS to track WIC 301 and WIC 360(b) Family Maintenance Cases. In addition, clarifying language was added to describe WIC 301 and 360(b) supervision.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section WIC 301(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 301(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 360(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 360(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 360(d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16506
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 364 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 364 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 364 (d)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-086
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F_ 1200-500.81 Family Preservation Program Services as Part of the Welfare-To-Work Plan

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Date Issue: 09/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that, Section 18951 of the Welfare and Institutions Code has been amended to include CalWORKS case managers in the definition of multidisciplinary personnel team members. Several other non substantive changes have been made. With the roll-out of Linkages in all DCFS offices, reference to non-linkages office instructions has been removed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16500.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951(d)
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F_ 1000-501.50 Family Unit Case Name Rules

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Date Issue: 09/02/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made. The following Family Composition Situation has been removed “Child in out-of-home care and mother’s State ID is unknown.”
Legal Basis: (None)
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F_ 0400-504.00 Family Visitation Planning

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Date Issue: 04/09/09
Summary of Revision Made: (None)
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 300(e)
WIC 308
WIC 361(h)
WIC 362.1(a)
WIC 362.1(a)(1)(B)(3)
WIC 362.6
WIC 366(a)(1)(D)(i)(IV)
WIC 16507
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-340
CDSS MPP 31-345
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-075.3(c)(1)
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F_ 0080-508.05 Fast Track to Permanency (FTP) Provisions

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: Changes were made to reflect the addition of a new situation when family reunification would not be required i.e. when a parent has been required by the court to be registered on a sex offender registry under a specified federal law. See Overview of Statutes/Regulations section.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 309
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(e) (1)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5 (f)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5 (j)
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F_ 0200-508.30 Filing the Relinquishment Document

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the change in state law regarding terminating parental rights of an alleged father when a birth mother has signed a relinquishment. The court in an action to terminate parental rights may dispense with a hearing and issue an ex parte order terminating parental rights for an alleged father if any of the following apply: the identity or whereabouts of the alleged father is unknown, or he has been served with a written notice of his alleged paternity and the potential adoption and has failed to respond, or he has signed a waiver of his right to notice or a denial of paternity. This policy has been formatted and updated to reflect current practice. The Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7662
Family Code Section 7666
Family Code Section 7667
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 316.2
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35165 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35199 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35401 (Adoption Users Manual)
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F_ 0200-513.01 Finalizing an Adoption

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include information about proceedings to vacate, set aside, or nullify an adoption. Also, the Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD). Also, changes were made to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Family Code, Section 8616.5
Family Code, Section 8715
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35184(d)(1)(2),
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35197(e)(2)
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35211
California Family Code 9102
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16119
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F_ 0600-507.10 Foster Youth Reproductive Health and Pregnancy

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Date Issue: 12/07/12
Summary of Revision Made: The title of the policy has been changed to accurately reflect the policy. Also, this Procedural Guide has been updated to detail the Nurse Family Partnership Program and how to make a referral. Also, phone numbers and internet links have been updated.
Legal Basis:
Civil Code, Section 56.103
Family Code, Section 6925
Family Code, Section 6926
Health and Safety Code, Section 121020
Health and Safety Code, Section 123110(a) and 123115(a)
Penal Code Section 261.5
American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren 16 Cal 4th 307
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F_ 0600-508.00 Foster Youth Substance Abuse Services

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Date Issue: 10/05/09
Summary of Revision Made: Contact information for Adolescent Intervention, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention (AITRP) Providers, has been updated and a link has been inserted into the policy with the most current list of providers.
Legal Basis:
California Family Code, Section 6929(b)
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F_ 0900-513.10 Funeral, Burial & Cremation Costs

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Date Issue: 09/28/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to add a note regarding funeral costs for children who die while placed in a group home. Other non-substantial changes were also made.
Legal Basis:
Administrative Standards for Eligibility and Assistance Programs Division 11 Section 11-420.2
All County Letter Number 99-97
Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program
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H_ 0080-505.20 Health and Education Passport (HEP)

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes to the information pertaining to non-minor dependents (NMD) that can be shared in a court report.
Legal Basis:
42 U.S.C. Section 675 (5) (D)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010(a) & (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010(c)
Manual of Policies and Procedures, Division 31, Section 31-405
ACIN I-82-08-Outcome Indicator on Health and Dental Assessments
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H_ 0300-503.12 Health and Education Questionnaire

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Date Issue: 03/14/11
Summary of Revision Made: The instructions regarding the processing and data input of information contained on the JV-225 by PHNs was clarified.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of the Court 5.668 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16010(f)
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H_ 0600-502.20 HIV/AIDS Testing and Disclosure of HIV/AIDS Information

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was revised per the following legislative changes that became effective January 1, 2014.
 Health and Safety Code 121020 - permits the CSW to consent to HIV testing and treatment for infants 0-12 months old; defines the treatment as emergency medical care and; requires the CSW to provide contact information for the biological mother to the physician.
 Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 369(h) - address that youth, 12 years of age or older, have the right to consent to and receive diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS and that the CSW is authorized to inform the youth of this right.
 WIC 16001.9(a)(26) - states that youth, 12 years of age or older, have the right to access age-appropriate, medically accurate information about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 6926(a)(b)
Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 120975
HSC Section 120980
HSC Section 120990(c)
HSC Section 121010 (a-e)
HSC Section 121020
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 369 (a)
WIC Section 369 (b)
WIC Section 369 (c)
WIC Section 369 (d)
WIC 369(h)
WIC Section 827
WIC 16001.9(a)(26)
California Rules of Court 5.552
Superior Court Of California County Of Los Angeles Local Rules - 7.6
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H_ 0300-303.06 Hospital Holds

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Date Issue: 01/25/10
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been updated to reflect current practice. Placing a child on a "hospital hold” is the same as taking the child into temporary custody. Therefore, a CSW must have one of the following prior to placing a hospital hold, exigent circumstances, parental consent, or a court order that supports the removal a child at risk of abuse or neglect (detention warrant)
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 309(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 319
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 369
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I_ 0100-510.15 Icebreaker Meeting

I_ 0070-501.10 Identifying a Client’s Communication Needs

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Date Issue: 04/10/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the requirements of All County Letter (ACL) No. 08-65, Documentation Of Interpretive Services, concerning documenting the provision of interpretative service to a client. See Section D.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MMP) Division 21, Section 115
California Civil Rights Regulations Division 21-116.22
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
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I_ 0200-507.10 Identifying a Prospective Adoptive Family for a Child Through the Placement and Reunification Unit (PRU)

I_ 0600-505.12 Identifying & Documenting a Client’s Disability & Need or Services

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Date Issue: 06/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services Division 21, Section 115
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
California Department of Developmental Services
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I_ 1200-500.86 Immigration Options for Undocumented Children & Families

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: The following information was updated: the eligibility requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the link to countries eligible for Temporary Protected Status and referenced telephone numbers.
Legal Basis:
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 8, 214.11
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 8, 244
Immigration & Naturalization Act, Section 101(a) (15) (U)
Immigration & Naturalization Act, Section 204(a) (1) (A)
Immigration & Naturalization Act, Section 208
Violence Against Women Act 1994
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) All-County Letter (ACL) No. 08-15
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) All-County Letter (ACL) No. 06-60
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I_ 0300-506.07 Informal Discovery Requests

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Date Issue: 04/10/09
Summary of Revision Made: Changed the title and added the County Counsel Front Desk telephone numbers. Added instruction on locating County Counsel’s e-mail address in LA Kids. Added Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers (LADL), and Procedural Guide 0300-506.05, Conversations with Outside Counsel and other Non-DCFS individuals.
Legal Basis:
Evidence Code, Section 951
Evidence Code, Section 952
Evidence Code, Section 953
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I 0200-506.05 Information to be Provided to Prospective Adoptive Applicants

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being updated to reflect changes made due to AB 12 being signed into law. This bill allows California to implement provisions of Public Law 110-351, the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. One of the provisions of AB 12, to be phased in over three years, allows California to extend Kin-GAP and AAP benefits beyond the age of 18 for eligible youth when the youth entered these arrangements at age 16 or older. Also, the Adoption Division is currently known as the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35179 (Adoption Users Manual)
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35179.1 (Adoption Users Manual)
Family Code Section 9203
Family Code Section 8702(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16119
Welfare and Institutions Code 16120
Welfare and Institutions Code 16120(d)(1)(2)(3)
Welfare and Institutions Code 16121(1)(2)
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I_ 0080-502.10 Initial Case Plan

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: The following revisions were made: both parents residing in the home must be participants in the case plan, “Tribal Customary Adoption” is available for both Case Plan goal and Permanency Alternative/Concurrent Planning goal, assessment requirements on parent’s that have been deported or detained by Homeland Security and documentation required to ensure educational stability. In addition, it must be clearly documented in the case plan how a child will be transitioned out of a group home to a less restrictive setting and a time line by when it will be accomplished..
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-205
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-206
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-210
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 301(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(b)(3)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(c)(1)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(e)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(f)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)(8)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)(5)(a)(6)(10)(11)(i)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(f)(13)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.25
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002(b)
Education Code Section 48850(a)(1)
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I 0200-511.05 Initiating Adoption Assistance Program & Medi-cal Benefits

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being updated to reflect changes made due to AB 12 being signed into law. This bill allows California to implement provisions of Public Law 110-351, the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. One of the provisions of AB 12, to be phased in over three years, allows California to extend AAP benefits beyond the age of 18 for eligible youth when the youth entered these arrangements at age 16 or older.
Legal Basis:
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Div 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35325 – 35341
California Family Code 8506
California Family Code 8805
California Family Code 8918
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11464
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16118
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16119
Welfare and Institutions Code 16120 – 16120.1
Welfare and Institutions Code 16120(d)(1)(2)(3)
Welfare and Intuitions Code 16121(1)(2)(b)
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I_ 0080-504.15 Integration of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) Service Plans into Case Plan Updates

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that, Section 18951 of the Welfare and Institutions Code has been amended to include CalWORKS case managers in the definition of multidisciplinary personnel team members. With the roll-out of Linkages in all DCFS offices, reference to non-linkages office instructions has been removed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11203
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12251
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18951
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31 Sections 31-201-235
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I_ 0600-515.11 Interagency Placement Screening Committee Presentation Guide (Level 14 Screening)

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Date Issue: 06/24/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to instruct staff to utilize a RMP/TDM prior to referring the youth to the Screening Committee. In addition, revisions were made to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4096
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5600(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5699
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 6552
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I_ 1000-504.75 Intercounty Transfer (ICT)

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Date Issue: 12/10/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as a result of the Statewide ITC protocol being revised to address the transfer of cases involving Non-minor Dependents. In addition, with the passage of AB 1712, WIC Section 17.1 has been revised dealing with ITC. In addition, the contact information for county ICT contacts has been updated.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Section 375
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Section 17.1
California Rules of Court, Section 5.610 (a) (b) (c)
California Rules of Court, Section 1426
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I_ 0100-525.10, Interstate Compact On The Placement Of Children (ICPC)

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Date Issue: 11/04/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as a result of changes to the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, regulations 2 and 7. The revisions clarify language/terminology to be used by all states as well as changes in the processing of requests. It requires changes to current ICPC forms and the development of new forms effecting DCFS and the court.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7900 et Seq.
Family Code Section 7911.1(c)
Public Law Section 471(a) (25)
Public Law Section 471(a) (26)
Public Law Section 473B
Public Law Section 471 (a) (15)
Public Law Section 475(1)
Public Law Section 475(5) (A)(ii)
Public Law Section 438(a) (1)(E)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-510
All County Information Notice 1-95-06
All County Information Notice 08-21
All County Letter 08-26
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I_ 0070-506.11 Interviewing the Alleged Victim at School for the Purpose of Investigating a Child Abuse Referral

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Date Issue: 06/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the current practice of interviewing kids at school as a result of the Greene vs. Camreta case. The title of this Procedural Guide has also been changed.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11174.3
Greene v. Camreta, (9th Cir.) 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 26891
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I 0700-506.10 Involvement Of The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) With Children Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 07/19/13
Summary of Revision Made: Added reference to and hyperlinks for Procedural Guides: 0050-502.10, Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Basic Responsibilities, 0050-503.35, Child Protection Hotline (CPH): Evaluated Out Referrals and 0080-505.20, Health and Education Passport (HEP).
Removed reference to: “Attachment: Types of Services Provided by LAUSD Court Liaisons” because it is obsolete.
Minor clarifying and formatting changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Education Code, Section 48200
Education Code, Section 48263
Education Code, Section 48292
Penal Code, Section 272
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M_ 0070-560.05, Joint Response Referral

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Date Issue: 02/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the recommendations made by the Executive Team (memo dated 09/15/10). The following changes were made: when a copy of the referral is received regarding serious medical problems such as Diabetes, Shaken Baby Syndrome, failure to thrive, etc., and/or allegations of severe neglect, or an allegation of general neglect where it is determined that a child has a known or suspected medical or developmental condition, CSW must consult with a PHN within three calendar days. Prior to closing the referral, a CSW and PHN will discuss, determine and complete the most appropriate course of action which may include, but is not limited to: a joint CSW/PHN visit, need to obtain additional medical information, and/or a referral to a specialty provider or agency. A joint visit with the PHN may not be required if the child has a recent HUB or other medical professional evaluation, unless there is a new medical condition that has been identified. If there is a difference in opinion between CSW and PHN on the need for a joint visit, further discussion on the need for a joint visit will include the SCSW and PHN Supervisor.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Section 31-125
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M_ 0070-563.10 Juvenile Automated Index (JAI) Clearance

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to conform to current practice and procedures. Also, other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.4
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M_ 0100-520.35 Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap) Program

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Date Issue: 12/13/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised to emphasize that a written agreement (i.e. SOC 369, Agency Relative Guardianship Disclosure and 369A, Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program Amendment Agreement) must be entered into prior to the establishment of a kinship guardianship and that unless under exceptional circumstances, staff shall no longer be recommending non-Kin-GAP relative guardianship with continued court jurisdiction, when case is not otherwise appropriate for Kin-GAP. It clarifies that the legal guardian must first meet California residency to receive benefits out of state, adds instructions related to a petition for legal guardianship from voluntary placement agreement, reflects updated Procedural Guides and procedures related to the availability of the updated CW 51 form; recommends that the KG2 be included in the Kin-GAP referral packet to facilitate the closure of the case; reflects the requirement to discuss and notify the parents regarding a recommendation of Kin-GAP
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 366.21(j) and 366.22(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 366.21(k) and 366.22(d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11362(c) and 11391 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11360 – 11367
Welfare and Institutions Code Section11363(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11364(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11385 – 11393
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11364(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11378 (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g) 2) (B)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g)(2)(A), 366.21 (i)(2)(A)
ACL 11-15
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M_ 0100-520.37 Kinship Supportive Services

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add instructions pursuant to All County Letter (ACL) 11-86, Extension Of Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Program Benefits And Adoption Assistance Payments (AAP) To Age 21, as it relates to the extension of Kin-GAP benefits and to reflect current practice/updated information.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11362(c) and 11391 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11360 – 11367
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11363(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11363(d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11364(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11385 – 11393
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11364(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11378 (b)
ACL 11-15
ACL 11-86
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M_ 0070-561.10, Live Scan And California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) Clearances

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Date Issue: 06/21/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add the foreign consulate identification card and foreign passport as acceptable types of primary photo IDs. This Procedural Guide has been revised to instruct CSWs when to use the DCFS 5600-A and DCFS 5600-B.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11105 (b) (18)
Penal Code Section 11105 (h)
Penal Code Section 11105.2 (a)
Penal Code Section 11105.7 (a)
Penal Code Section 11105.7 (d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 309 (d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.4 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.4 (b)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 388(e)(4)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504.5
Health and Safety Code Section 1522
California Department of Justice Fingerprint Rolling Certification Reference Handbook, January 2009
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M_ 0100-520.51, Maintaining The Confidentiality Of A Child’s Placement

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Date Issue: 08/10/10
Summary of Revision Made: Several non substantive revisions have been made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 827
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 308
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M_ 0900-515.10 Meal Reimbursement/Food Certificates/Gifts Cards

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Date Issue: 05/14/12
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been re-formatted and revised to reflect the current changes/practices regarding the issuance of food certificates and gift cards.
Legal Basis:
County Fiscal Manual (CFM)
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M_ 0600-513.10 Medical Case Management Services (MCMS) Unit: Intake/Transfer Criteria and Transfer Procedures

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Date Issue: 09/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect a change in the address and telephone numbers of MCMS Units (I and II) – West. In addition, other nonsubstantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710
Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 17730-17738
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Manual Letter No. CWS 98-01, (Page 171)
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M_ 0600-501.10 Medical Consent

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: The following changes have been made to this Procedural Guide:
  • Added instruction regarding Non-Minor Dependents.
  • Removed instruction that was better placed in Procedural Guides: 0600-501.09, Consent for Mental health and/or Developmental Assessment and Services; 0600-514.10, Psychotropic Medication: Authorization, Review and Monitoring for DCFS-Supervised Youth and; 0600-515.10, Psychiatric Hospitalization and Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Planning for DCFS Supervised Children.
  • Minor changes include: some reformatting; clarification of instructions and; removal of statute/regulations and related policies that are no longer relevant to this policy.

Legal Basis:
California Supreme Court Decision, American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren, 1997
Family Code (FC) Section 6550(a)
Family Code (FC) Section 6922(a)
FC Section 6925(a)
FC Section 6926(a)
FC Section 6927
FC Section 6928(b)
FC Section 6929
Health and Safety Code (H&SC) Section 1530.6
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 362(a)
WIC Section 369(a)
WIC Section 369(b)
WIC Section 369(c)
WIC Section 369(d)
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M_ 0600-505.20 Medical Hospitalization and/or Discharge of DCFS-Supervised Children

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Date Issue: 09/28/09
Summary of Revision Made: Added reference to the following Procedural Guide’s: 0070-548.03, Point of Engagement: Team Decision Making (TDM); 0070-548.05, Emergency Response Referrals Alleging Abuse in Out-of-Home Care Regarding Children Who Are Under DCFS Supervision; 0100-520.50, Assessment of a Potential Caregiver’s Ability to Meet A Child’s Needs; 0100-525.30, Placement Packet and Health & Education Passport Binder; 0300-503.75, Child Death, Serious Injury or Illness Reporting Responsibilities; 0400-504.00, Family Visitation Planning. Added reference to the following forms: CSW Information/Consultation Call, DCFS 1688-1, DCFS Worker’s Report to the Juvenile Court of Death, Injury or Illness; DCFS 1689, Foster Parent/Institution/Day Care, Parent’s Report of Death, Injury or Illness of Children in Care and; DCFS 5402, Notice to Child’s Attorney Re: Child’s Case Status. Summarized statute and regulations citations. Included instruction regarding consultation with PHN’s and updated hyperlinks for DCFS Medical Case Management Services and the Bureau of the Medical Director. Added instructions regarding requesting the child’s medical records and instructions for initiating Medical Case Management Services. Included definitions of, “Special Health Care Needs” and “Specialized In Home Health Care”. Added instructions regarding outof-home caregiver training to meet specific medical needs of the child. Added instructions for the Child Protection Hotline CSW’s regarding discharge of DCFSSupervised child from the hospital.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 324.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 355.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 355.1(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 355.1(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 355.1(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 355.1(d)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures Division 31-220
CDSS MPP Division 31-320 to 335
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M_ 1200-500.90, Model Case Format (MCF)

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes related to Extended Foster Care (EFC) and other revisions and the inclusion of new forms that have come into existence and cancellation of forms since the last release of this Procedural Guide
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-002
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-075
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M_ 0100-525.20, Moving A Child’s Possessions

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Date Issue: 08/10/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has revisions and updates to reflect current practice for moving a child’s clothing. Additional non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis: (None)
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M_ 0070-548.09 Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) Referrals

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Date Issue: 03/11/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the current MART procedures by adding the following case situations that MART responds to: fugitive apprehension, and other federal RICO filing crimes with a child endangerment nexus.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 13875-13879.81
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 306
CDSS MPP Division 31-115
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M_ 0600-500.05 Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)

N_ 0300-301.06 Non-detained Petitions

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Date Issue: 06/XX/13
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been revised to reflect current practice. CSWs will now confer with the out-stationed county counsel prior to the submission of a Non-Detained Petition to IDC.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306 (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 309
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 332 (g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 334
2009 California Rules of Court 5.668 (a)
2009 California Rules of Court 5.670 (a)
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N_ 0300-303.07 Nondisclosure Orders

N_ 1200-500.00 Nondiscrimination Regarding Clients, Out-Of-Home Caregivers and Adoptive Parents Concerning Placement Decisions

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Date Issue: 02/11/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify the intent of the Procedural Guide. In addition, the title of the Procedural Guide has been changed.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 8708
Family Code Section 8709
Family Code Section 8711
California Code of Regulations ["CCR"] Title 22, Section 35011
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N_ 0070-548.08 Non-Minor Dependent Safety Assessment

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Date Issue: 02/05/13
Summary of Revision Made: None
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.12
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.15
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504 (c)
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N_ 0080-502.15 Non-Related Legal Guardianship Cases From Probate Court

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Date Issue: 01/31/12
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that NRLG through the probate court is not eligible for Extended Foster Care (EFC) and added some clarifying language and updated contact information.
Legal Basis:
Probate Court Section 1513
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.4
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11401
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11403
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division Sections 31-201-210
The California Department of Social Services – Eligibility and Assistance Standard Manual (CDSS EAS), Section 45-203
Probate Code Section 1516.5
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N_ 0300-306.05 Notice of Hearing for Juvenile Court Proceedings

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Date Issue: 3/4/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect new noticing provisions related to a Non-minor Dependent (NMD).
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 224.2
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 290.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 290.2
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 291
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 292
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 293
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 295
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 349 (d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(e)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.21 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.21 (d)
California Rules of Court Rule 5.534(m)
California Rules of Court Rule 5.903(c)
ACL 10-17, ASSEMBLY BILL 1325, CHAPTER 287, STATUTES OF 2009 TRIBAL CUSTOMARY ADOPTION
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N_ 0300-306.30 Notice of Publication of Citation

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Date Issue: 12/01/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised as the result of the release of FYI 10-49, Changes to Notice by Publication of Citation in a Spanish Periodical. The FYI directs staff that, whenever the Court orders a legal publication for the termination of parental rights in a Spanish periodical, that in addition to the publication taking place in English in the Los Angeles Bulletin, along with Nuestra Comunidad through the Metropolitan News Company staff will request publication in the Spanish periodical La Opinion through the Daily Journal.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7881
Family Code Section 7882
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 8
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 294 and 366.26
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 294(g)(1)
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N_ 0300-306.90 Notification Requirements to Dependents of The Court Pursuant to WIC 826.6

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Date Issue: 09/02/09
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 389 and 781
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 826
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 826.6
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827
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N_ 0080-503.00 Notification to the Child Support Services Department (CSSD)

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Date Issue: 07/08/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised to reflect that a minor or a Non-minor Dependent (NMD) who has a minor child placed in the same facility is not a parent for purposes of referral to the local child support agency for collection or enforcement of child support.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 17552
CDSS Manual of Policy and Procedures Division 31 Section 206.4
CDSS Manual of Policy and Procedures Division 31 Section 31-503
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N_ 0300-503.19 Notifying the Court of a Parent’s Relinquishment

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Date Issue: 04/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 361(b)
Family Code Section 8700(i)
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O_ 0070-509.10 Observation Techniques

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Date Issue: 03/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to include reference to reference to Division 31 Regulations Section 31.320.11. In addition to related policies, indicated forms, and current links were also updated.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-320.11
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O_ 1200-501.40 Obtaining a Passport For a Child/Youth Who are From Under DCFS Supervision

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Date Issue: 08/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes in passport application fees. In addition, language has been added to specify what documentation is need to travel for youth under the age of 16.
Legal Basis:
Department of Homeland Security
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
U.S. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004|
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O_ 0300-318.05 Obtaining Restraining Orders

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Date Issue: 12/21/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised due to changes in WIC 213.5 with the passage of AB 1596 that now require cases to be related to domestic violence in order for Juvenile Court to issue restraining orders. Also, the range of actions the court can order restraining orders for have expanded to include stalking, threatening, harassing, telephoning and any contact by mail.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of Court, Rule 1429.5(a)
California Rules of Court Rule 1429.5(b)
Family Law Code Section 6218
Family Code Section 6240-6241
Family Code Section 6250.3
Family Code Section 6251
Family Code Section 6275
Family Law Code Section 6320 and Welfare and Institutions Code Section 213.5
Family Code Section 6321
Family Code Section 6322
Family Law Code Sections 6389
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 304
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340.5
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.4
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O_ 1200-500.10 Obtaining Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce)

O_ 0070-570.10 Obtaining Warrants and/or Removal Orders

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was updated as a result of the implementation of the Warrant Tracking System available on LAKids under Web Systems Listing. In addition, the policy was revised to reflect the current process of requesting a warrant.
Legal Basis:
Calabretta v. Floyd, (9th Cir, 1999) 189 F.3d 808
Wallis v. Spencer, (9th Cir. 2000) 202 F.3d 1126
Mabe v. San Bernardino County (9th Cir. 2001) 237 F.3d 1101
Rogers v. County of San Joaquin (9th Cir,. 2007) 487 F.3d 1288
In re Dawn O. (1976) 58 Cal.App.3d 160, 163
Greene v. Camreta, (9th Cir. 2009) 588 F.3d 1011
Family Code Section 6920
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 309(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340
Penal Code Section 11174.3
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O_ 0300-306.27 Out-Of-County Personal Service

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Date Issue: 04/09/09
Summary of Revision Made: Instruction on the use of contracted process server for personal service for WIC 366.26 notices has been removed. The “Request for Sheriff’s Services” form is now available in the LA Kids Forms page. Instruction to complete the JV 450 timely was added. Added “LINKS” and related procedural guides.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code 2625
Welfare and Institution Code Section 290.1, 290.2, 292, 294
Welfare and Institution Code Section 291(e)(1)
Welfare and Institution Code Section 294(f)
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O_ 0100-510.46 Out-Of-County Placements

O_ 0100-520.40, Out-Of-Home Caregivers: Legal Consent Authority

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Date Issue: 06/22/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include changes to Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22 regulations dealing with the Prudent Parent Standard. In addition, instructions were added regarding whether or not caregivers can consent to allow a child in their care to get a tattoo and/or a body piercing.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 302
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.04
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.05
Title 22 California Code of Regulations Section 89377
Title 22 California Code of Regulations Section 89378
Title 22 California Code of Regulations Section 89379
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 369.5(a)
Health and Safety Code Section 1507.25
Health and Safety Code Section 1530.6
Penal Code Section 652
Penal Code Section 653
Vehicle Code Section 16430
Vehicle Code Section 17701
Vehicle Code Section 17707
Vehicle Code Section 17708
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P_ 0080-507.22 Permanency Partners Program (P3)

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: Minor changes were made to reflect the current responsibilities of P3 CSWs.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.1(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.22(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.3(f)(3)
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P_ 0300-503.85 Permission for a Child to Marry, Join the Armed Forces or the Job Corps

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Date Issue: 04/27/10
Summary of Revision Made: Instruction were added regarding youth who are 18 years or older who wish to marry, join the armed forces or join the Job Corps. In addition, instructions were added regarding Family Code Section 304 which deals with premarital counseling. Further, reference to related policies has been updated. Non-substantive changes have been made to this Procedural Guide to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 303
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 304
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 365
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P_ 0500-509.10 Permission to Videotape, Photograph, Voice Record or Interview Children

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Los Angeles Superior Court and the Administratively Unified Courts Court Rules 17.2
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P_ 0300-301.05 Petitions

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Date Issue: 12/11/12
Summary of Revision Made: Instruction has been added regarding: WIC 388 Petitions Involving a Kin GAP Legal Guardianship (pgs. 5, 12-13). WIC 388(e) Petitions To Resume Jurisdiction Over A Nonminor Youth’s Case (pgs. 4, 6-7, 15-18, 25-33).
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 300
Welfare and Institutions Code 309(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code 311
Welfare and Institutions Code 315
Welfare and Institutions Code 319(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code 329
Welfare and Institutions Code 332
Welfare and Institutions Code 342
Welfare and Institutions Code 361.5(a)(1)(C)
Welfare and Institutions Code 385
Welfare and Institutions Code 387
Welfare and Institutions Code 388
WIC Section 388(e)
California Rule of Court 5.906
ACL 12-12
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P_ 1200-500.50 Photographic Identification of Children

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Date Issue: 09/27/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to inform CSWs that a child’s photograph can now be imported to the CSW/CMS case file. Instructions were added to show CSWs how this is done. In addition, several non substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Superior Court Special Blanket Order dated July 24, 2001
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P_ 0100-510.60 Placement Considerations for Children

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy guide was updated from the 07/09/13 version to reflect the changes in Welfare and Institutions Code 17739 which gives priority consideration for medically fragile to a foster parent who is an individual nurse provider who provides health services under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program. The priority consideration is subordinate to the preference granted to a relative of the child.
Legal Basis:
Family Code 3040(b)
Health and Safety Code 1760.2(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306.5
WIC Section 358.1 (d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361(c, 1-5)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.2
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3
WIC Section 362.1(a)(2)
WIC Section 362.1(c)
WIC Section 14043.26(m)(3)
WIC Section 16002
WIC Section 16010.6
WIC Section 17739
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P_ 0100-525.30, Placement Packet And Health & Education Passport Binder

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add or remove forms from lists in this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010, et. seq.
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.3
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P_ 0100-510.61 Placement Responsibilities: Foster Child’s Needs and Case Plan Summary

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Date Issue: 07/23/08
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to update reference to Procedural Guide 0080-505.20, Health and Education Passport. Links to California Code, Division 31 Regulations, and Title 22 Regulations were added. This Procedural Guide has been revised to include additional clarifying language as it relates to the Multiethnic Placement Act, in terms of using race, color or national origin in placement decisions.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31, Section 405, Social Worker Responsibilities for Placement, .1
Health and Safety Code Section 1536.2
Welfare Institution Code (WIC) 361.2(f)
Welfare Institution Code (WIC) 361.2(g)
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P_ 0300-508.30 Placement with Relatives: Informing the Court of Recurring Efforts to Locate Relatives

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect recent new legislation that states that when a child is taken into temporary custody CSW’s can consider placement with a responsible relative caregiver regardless of his or her immigration status, under specified conditions. These conditions are listed on page 6.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 309
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 319
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.3
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3
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P_ 0100-525.11, Placing Children Outside Of The Country

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Date Issue: 07/10/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect an addition to WIC 366 that now requires a judicial finding be made that the placement is in the best interest of the child before ordering a placement of a child outside of the United States.
Legal Basis:
United States Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2
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P_ 0100-510.50 Placing Children Six Years of Age or Younger in Congregate Care

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Date Issue: 03/04/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the implementation of the Screening and Assessing Children for Mental Health Services and Referral to the Coordinated Services Action Team (CSAT) in some DCFS offices. In addition, other minor revisions have been made to ensure that prior to a congregate care placement that a RMP/TDM has taken place and that consultation with co-located DMH staff has taken place.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 319.2
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.2(e)(8)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11467.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.5
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-405.1
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P_ 0100-510.65 Placing Sibling Groups in Out-Of-Home-Care

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised to reflect recent legislation (AB 743) which states that diligent efforts shall be made to place siblings together unless it is contrary to the safety and well-being of any sibling. In addition, the child’s attorney and the child’s siblings’ attorney must be notified as soon as the CSW becomes aware of the need for a change in placement of a dependent child that will result in the separation of siblings currently placed together. Notice to the attorneys of this proposed separation shall occur no less than 10 calendar days prior to the planned change of placement so that the attorneys may investigate the circumstances of the proposed separation.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 358.1 (d)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.2(i)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.1(a)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.1(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010.6
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P_ 0070-548.02 Point of Engagement: Alternative Response Services (ARS)

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Date Issued: 06/27/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised due to a discrepancy between the current Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety Assessment tool and Procedural Guide 0070-548.25. A referral cannot be closed if there is a current safety threat. One of the criteria for ARS is #2 must be checked on the SDM Safety Assessment tool. Instructions were added to in include the initial SDM with the referral for ARS.
Legal Basis: (None)
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P_ 0070-548.01 Point of Engagement: Community Response Services

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Date Issue: 03/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504 (a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-084.4
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P_ 0070-548.04 Point of Engagement: Intensive Services

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
Welfare and Institution Code Section 16500.1 (a)
Welfare and Institution Code Section 16501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.21(e) and (f)
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P_ 0070-548.00 Point of Engagement: Up-Front Assessment (UFA)

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Date Issue: 03/12/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include ERCP procedures and that the UFA web-based system is in effect.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16500.5
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P_ 0200-513.05 Post-Adoption Contact Agreements

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Date Issue: 04/27/10
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been updated to reflect the changes in Section 8616.5 of the Family Code that now permits contact between the child and the child’s birth parent where there was not an existing relationship. Also, if the adoptive parent wants to use the Consortium for Children’s Permanency Planning Mediation Program to create the post-adoption contact agreement, the referral must be received 60 days prior to the WIC 366.26 hearing or a fee will be charged. The DCFS 5520 form has been revised to reflect these changes.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366.29
Family Code, Section 8616.5
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P_ 0200-518.10 Post-Adoption Services (PAS) Release of Information After the Adoption is Final

P_ 0200-510.00 Post Adoption Services: Services Available To Families With A Finalized Adoption

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Date Issue: 12/06/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being updated to reflect changes made due to AB 12 being signed into law. This bill allows California to implement provisions of Public Law 110-351, the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. One of the provisions of AB 12, to be phased in over three years, allows California to extend AAP benefits beyond the age of 18 for eligible youth when the youth entered these arrangements at age 16 or older.
Legal Basis:
California Family Code 9100
California Family Code 9101
California Family Code 9102
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16121
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R 0200-501.25 Preparing Children of Adoption

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made to update staff titles, policy links, related policy and forms.
Legal Basis:
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997
California Family Code Section 8621
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Divisions 2, Section 35127.3
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles Juvenile Court
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P_ 0300-311.05 Preparing the WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Court Report Ordered by the Dependency Court

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Date Issue: 07/10/13
Summary of Revision Made:
  • Added reference to Procedural Guide 0300-312.05, Dual Supervision of DCFS and Probation Cases: WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Process.
  • Removed reference to Procedural Guide 0070-549.10, DCFS-Probation WIC 241.1 Joint Assessment Protocol which has been merged with Procedural Guide 0300-312.05 (listed above).
  • Removed reference to Delinquency Court proceedings.
  • Added that the Assessment/Evaluation section of the court report is to include information regarding IEP’s; Special Education; a list the youth’s health and mental health needs that have been identified and a list of related services/interventions and their effectiveness.
  • Added instruction regarding the 241.1 Joint Assessment meeting with the MDT for determining recommended status, jurisdiction and Lead Agency.
  • Summarized WIC 241.1 reference in the Overview of Statute and Regulations section.
  • Added reference to Appendix A, WIC Sections Used by the DCFS 241.1 Unit & MDT for Recommendations.
  • Removed requirement to send a copy of the report to the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.
  • Clarified the chain of command for resolution of disagreements regarding the 241.1 Joint Assessment Report.
  • Made other nonsubstative changes to formatting, categorization and language consistency.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 241.1
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P_ 0200-509.20 Pre-Placement Conference

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Date Issue: 03/11/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that Concurrent Planning Redesign (CPR) has been implemented countywide and the links to statutes and regulations were added
Legal Basis:
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997
California Family Code Section 8706
California Family Code Section 8708
California Family Code Section 8709
California Family Code Section 8710
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P_ 0200-509.30 Pre-Placement Steps: Fost-Adopt and Adoptive Placements

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Date Issue: 12/04/12
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
California Family Code Section 8621
California Department of Social Services, Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Division 2, Adoptions Manual, Subchapter 5, Section 35127.3
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P_ 0300-503.35 Pre-Released Investigation Report

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Date Issue: 09/29/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the correct name (ASFA) of the Division responsible for completing relative/NREFM home assessments. Instructions for the completion of the PRI report have been clarified to include the required elements specified in WIC 361.3 and 361.4. In addition, other nonsubstantial changes have been made. Reference is made to Intensive Services Workers and their responsibilities in the PRI process.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 7950
Health and Safety Code Section 1522
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.2
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.3
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.4
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 362.7
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16504.5
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-445
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P_ 0200-509.25 Presentation of Child Information to a Prospective Adoptive Family

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Date Issue: 04/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that Concurrent Planning Redesign (CPR) has been implemented county-wide, add the link for statutes and regulations and update the related policies and form sections.
Legal Basis:
Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997
California Family Code Section 8706 states
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Divisions 2, Section 35195
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P_ 0070-548.13 Probate Code Section 1513(C) Referrals

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Date Issue: 08/08/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect modified procedures for completing and submitting reports to the Probate Court per FYI 11-09, Changes to the Processing of Courts Reports to Probate Court. In addition the DCFS 4370, Report of Findings form, has been created for the report of findings in lieu of an Addendum Report.
Legal Basis:
Probate Code Section 1513(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 328
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 329
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P_ 0300-503.50 Progress and Supplemental Reports

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Date Issue: 06/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 385
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P_ 0600-506.00 Promoting Children’s Physical Well Being and Health

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Date Issue: 10/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: At the request of the OMD the Section titled “Weight Concerns of Children” and the “Body Mass Index” Section on page 2 of this Procedural Guide has been revised to include children under the age of 2. Further, additional resources were added to the Nutritional and Medical Resource Sections at the end of this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis: (None)
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P_ 0600-500.20 Protected Health and Medical Information: Access and Sharing

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Date Issue: 06/26/12
Summary of Revision Made: Added clarification that per Civil Code Section 56.103, PHI may not be disclosed by the CSW unless the disclosure is for the purpose of coordinating health or mental health services and treatment of the child/youth and the disclosure is authorized by law.
Added information and instruction regarding access to and sharing of Nonminor Dependents PHI and confidential health information.
Added reference and instruction regarding two new forms for Nonminor Dependents: DCFS 6009, NMD Informed Consent and DCFS 6010, Non-minor 2-Way Authorization for Sharing Information.
Added information and instruction regarding Non-minor Dependent parents whose nondependent child is residing with him/her in the same placement.
Updated the Parenting Youth’s Authorization to Document and Share Her/His Non-Dependent Child’s Health Information form to include Nonminor Dependent parents.
Added reference to Procedural Guide 0600-515.10, Psychiatric Hospitalization and Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Planning for DCFS Supervised Children.
Added reference to All County Letters 11-69 & 11-77, Extension of Foster Care Beyond Age 18: Part’s One and Two.
Various minor typographical, formatting and other non-substantive changes were made
Legal Basis:
Civil Code, Section 56.05(g)
Civil Code, Section 56.10(c)(14)
Civil Code, Section 56.10(c)(20)
Civil Code, Section 56.103
Civil Code, Section 56.104(e)(3)
Family Code Section 6922
Family Code Section 6924
Family Code Section 7002
Family Code Section 7120
Health & Safety Code Section 124260
Penal Code Section 11165.9
Penal Code Section 11166
Penal Code Section 11166.05
Penal Code Section 11167
Penal Code Section 11167(b)
Welfare & Institutions Code Section 319(g)
WIC Section 361(a)
WIC Section 830
California Department of Social Services (CDSS All County Information Notice I-20-08
CDSS All County Letter (ACL) 11-77
CDSS ACL 11-69
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Section 164.01
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P_ 0300-503.55 Protective Custody Warrants: Requesting or Recalling and Report of Runaway Event/Return of Youth Age 18 or Older

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Date Issue: 07/17/13
Summary of Revision Made: Added instruction to submit a Notice of Replacement report to the court when a runaway youth returns but must be replaced.
Added reference to Procedural Guide 0300-503.97, Report on Notice of Replacement.
Added and corrected hyperlinks for related policy and forms.
Minor organizational, clarifying and formatting changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 339
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340
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P_ 0100-520.36 Providing Ongoing Services To A Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KIN-GAP) Program Case

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Date Issue: 04/26/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised to reflect one of the new provisions in the Kin-GAP Program as enacted by AB 12 particularly with regards to WIC 11363(b) which states that after the termination of dependency jurisdiction, any parent or person having an interest files with the juvenile court a petition pursuant to Section 388 to change, modify, or set aside an order of the court. Kin-GAP payments shall continue unless and until the juvenile court, after holding a hearing, orders the child removed from the home of the guardian, terminates the guardianship, or maintains dependency jurisdiction after the court concludes the hearing on the petition filed under Section 388. It also provides information on the Brazwell v. Wagner recent court ruling which ruled that a child who is Kin-GAP benefit eligible through a guardianship created in dependency court is not disqualified from receiving Kin-GAP benefits when he or she subsequently becomes involved with the delinquency system i.e. wardship/probation established. Other changes were made to reflect current practice.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.3(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11361
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11362
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11366
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P_ 0600-515.10, Psychiatric Hospitalization and Psychiatric Hospital Discharge Planning for DCFS Supervised Children

P_ 0600-501.05 Psychological Testing of DCFS-Supervised Children

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Date Issue: 03/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is a being revised to reflect that DMH no longer operates the psychological testing authorization unit. Requests for psychological testing should go through the co-located DMH Specialized Foster Care (SFC) Staff.
Legal Basis: (None)
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P_ 0600-514.10 Psychotropic Medication: Authorization, Review and Monitoring for DCFS-Supervised Youth

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been updated to align with Policy Guide 0600-501.10, Medical Consent by providing:
 Clarification as to when a nonminor dependent (NMD) may consent for his/her psychotropic medication and when court authorization is required.
 Instruction for steps to take if a NMD’s refusal of treatment makes him/her a danger to self or to others.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 369
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 369.5
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 739.5
Rule of Court 5.640
Los Angeles County Superior Court Psychotropic Medication Authorization Process
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P_ 0600-530.00 Public Health Nurse (PHN): Roles and Responsibilities and Secondary Assignment in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System

Q_ 0100-570.05 Quality-Of-Life in Out-Of-Home Care: Reporting Concerns

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to address preparing Non-Minor Dependents to be responsible for their own medical care in accordance with ACL 11-77. This Procedural Guide has been revised to include changes to Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22 regulations dealing with the Prudent Parent Standard.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.04
Welfare and Institutions C ode Section 362.05
Welfare and Institutions Code 16001.9
Title 22 Chapter 7.5 Section 80072 of the licensing regulations
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R_ 0050-504.25 Recording Child Deaths at the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) and Submission of the SOC 826, Child Fatality/Near Fatality County Statement of Findings and Information

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Date Issue: 05/25/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes to the criteria when the SOC 826 is submitted to the State. The SOC 826 shall be completed for each child fatality/near fatality determined to be a result of abuse and/or neglect. In addition, as a result of the 6.3 Code Drop the completion of the ‘Near Fatality Grid’ can now be entered into CWS/CMS. The contact information for the Risk Management Division has been updated (See page 13). This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the creation of Critical Incident/Child Fatality Special Project Codes in CWS/CMS for the purpose of accurately capturing the Critical Incident Referrals and Fatality Referral data in order for the Critical Incident/Child Fatality Review Section can better track these referrals. See Part G.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11166(a)(1)
Penal Code Section 11166(a)(2)
Penal Code Section 11174.34(a)
Penal Code Section 11174.34(k)
All County Letter 08-13, Reporting and Public Release of Records in Cases of Child Fatality or Near Fatality as a Result of Abuse or Neglect
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R_ 0600-500.10 Reducing the Threat of Infection by Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases: Universal Precautions

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5193
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R_ 0050-504.05 Referral Assignment Criteria

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Date Issue: 03/10/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include the guidelines as outlined in the memo dated December 06, 2010 to determine the best way to initiate and complete the investigation of a new allegation on an open case.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-105
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R 0050-503.55 Referrals Regarding Children Of Military Personnel

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Date Issue: 05/13/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the current MOU between Los Angeles Air Force Base and DCFS, which was renewed earlier this year.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 16504
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-084.4
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-125
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R 0700-502.10 Referring Children to Healthy Start

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was revised with updated contact information and websites for the Healthy Start program. Other minor editing changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Education Code, Section 8800-8803
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R 0700-504.20 Referring Dependent Children For Special Education Or Early Intervention Services (Early Start)

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Date Issue: 01/27/10
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to provide updated information, clarification of instruction and streamlining of procedures. The phrase, “or Early Intervention Services (Early Start)” has been added to the title to emphasize regional center and school based services for children 0-36 mos. Additional information on Federal law was added. Current definitions were clarified and new definitions were added. Instructions regarding children 0-36 months were significantly revised to reflect requirement for DCFS Medical Hub disability screenings and referrals to regional centers or LEA. Specific CWS/CMS documentation instructions regarding IEPs and Case Plan were added. SCSW instructions were removed and best practice recommendations were added. All citations in the Overview of Statutes/Regulations section have been summarized, and legal reference links have been added. References and links to the California Department of Education, Surrogate Parents in California Special Education – Services & Resources, as well as, the Los Angeles County Department of Education have been provided. References to forms that are not a direct function of this procedure were removed including: JV-535, JV 536, DCFS 1727 and 4389. CWS/CMS documentation requirements were clarified. SCSW tasks that are more appropriately addressed in Procedural Guide 0700-507.10, Appointment of an Educational Representative or Educational Surrogate Parent for the Purpose of Making Educational Decisions, were removed. References to Procedural Guides 0070-516.10, Assessing the Development of Children 0-59 Months Old; 0070-548.15, Referring Children 0-36 Months Who Are Involved in a Substantiated Referral to Regional Center for an Assessment and; 0600-520.00, Collaborating with Regional Centers to Provide Services to Children/Youth were added.
Legal Basis:
California Education Code Section 56026
California Education Code 56031
California Education Code Section 56050
California Government Code Section 7579.5
California Government Code 95014
Public Law 94-142, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) United States Code Title 20 Sections 1400 et. seq.
United State Code 29 Section 794; Code of Federal Regulations Title 34 Section 104.1: Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5600.3(a)(2)
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R_ 0900-517.10 Reimbursement of Non-Recurring Adoption Expenses

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Date Issue: 12/11/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the state-mandated use of the AAP 8, the cancellation of county forms and current practice.
Legal Basis:
Community Care Regulations (CCR), Title 22, Adoptions Manual, Section 35000(n)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16119 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16120
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16120.1
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R_ 0300-503.27 Reinstatement of Parental Rights

R_ 0100-520.30 Relative Placement: Relative Caregiver Financial Eligibility (YOUAKIM)

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made to the Procedural Guide. The DCFS 156, Information About Foster Care Payments for Relative Caregivers (Youakim), was updated.
Legal Basis:
State Regulation – Division 45-101
State Retaliations – Division 45-200
State Retaliations – Division 45-202
State Retaliations – Division 45-203
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11400(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11400(m)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11401
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 11402
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R_ 0500-501.40 Release of Case Record Information Regarding a Child Fatality

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Date Issue: 03/26/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect changes to California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division Section 31-502.42-502.451.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 826.7
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827(a)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10850.4
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16502.5
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-502-31-502.48
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R_ 0500-501.20 Release of DCFS Case Records to Service Providers

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive revisions have been made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 8706
Family Code Section 9200
Family Code Section 9201
Health and Safety Code Section 1530.6
Welfare and Institutions Code 827
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002 (e)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010 (a) & (c)
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R_ 0500-501.15 Releasing Case Record Information to Child Welfare Agencies Outside California

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Date Issue: 02/20/08
Summary of Revision Made: (None)
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11167.5(b)
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R_ 0500-501.10 Releasing DCFS Case Record Information

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to incorporate the provisions of WIC 827.10 which provides an exception to the confidentiality of child welfare agency records for certain participants in family law and probate guardianship cases by authorizing the child welfare agency to permit inspection of, and to provide copies of, its records. Instruction has been added that CSW’s shall ask the court to decide whether or not to grant a caregivers request for a foster child’s social security number for tax filing purposes. A Table of Contents for the Procedures section has been added for easy reference. All statute referenced have been summarized.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 827
Penal Code (PC) Section 11167(d)
PC Section 11167.5
Los Angeles Superior Court Rules Section 17.1, Confidentiality Of Juvenile Case Files
Blanket Order re: Confidentiality of Juvenile Case Files and Public and Media Access, dated July 11, 2006
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R_ 0100-510.55 Religious Practices in Out-Of-Home Care

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Date Issue: 09/28/09
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16001.9 (a)(10)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 1, Section 80072(a)(5)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 5, Section 84072(c)(23)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9 Section 89173 (a)
Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5, Article 3 Personal Rights Section 89372 (a)(17)
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R_ 0200-508.20 Relinquishment and Consent Procedures for Parents Who Cannot Read English and/or Any Other Language

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Date Issue: 12/07/12
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been reformatted, telephone numbers updated, and other non substantive changes have been made.
Legal Basis:
Family Code Section 8700
Family Code Section 8806
California (DSS) Manual-AD Title 22, Section 35003
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R_ 0300-306.45 Removal Orders for Parents and Youth

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised as the result of the revision of the JV 450, JV 450, Order for Prisoner’s Appearance at Hearing Affecting Parental Rights, by the State’s Judicial Council, which resulted in the creation of the JV 451, Prisoner's Statement Regarding Appearance at Hearing Affecting Parental Rights. Further, instructions direct CSWs to use a LA County specific template which will print out both the JV 450 and JV 451 at the same time. In addition, instructions have been added for cases where a non-minor dependent has been incarcerated in a Los Angeles County or Local City Jail. Also links were added for California Department of Corrections Facilities and US Bureau of Prison Facilities for California, which resulted in the elimination of 9 pages of this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of the Court 1410(a)
Penal Code Section 2625
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Sections 290.1, 290.2, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, and 297
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R_ 0300-503.25 Removing a Child From the Home of a Prospective Adoptive Parent(s)

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Date Issue: 03/04/10
Summary of Revision Made: Instructions were added to indicate that as a result of the CWS/CMS 6.3 Code Drop, the JV-321, JV-323, 324, JV-325, JV-326, JV-327 and JV-328 are among the forms that have been added to CWS/CMS and can be generated in the ID page of the Hearing Notebook. Note that the JV-322, Confidential Information-Prospective Adoptive Parent has not been added to CWS/CMS but is available in LA Kids.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(n)
Family Code Section 8704 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g)(2)(A), 366321 (i)(2)(A) and 366.22(b) (2)(A)
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R_ 0300-503.97 Report on Notice of Replacement

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Date Issue: 03/21/14
Summary of Revision Made: The policy has been revised to reduce redundancy, provide the previous table as a linked Attachment, clarify instructions for completing 15-Day and 90-Day reports, change reference from RMPs to CFTs and emphasize the changes in the placement of children in Group Home settings.
  • This Policy Guide has been revised pursuant to Juvenile Court Protocol, "Report on Group Home Placement" dated 01/23/14 and effective 03/01/14 developed by Presiding Judge Michael Nash and in agreement with DCFS.
  • Instruction has been added for addressing detailed placement information, as well as, transfer of personal property, medication, school, counseling and other services, the HEP and other services information to the new caregiver.
  • New requirement for 90-Day Reports on Case Plan & Permanency.
  • New requirement for 15-Day Reports on Expediting a Move to a Less Restrictive Placement when a child/youth has been placed in a group home solely because a less restrictive placement was not available.
  • New requirement and instructions to obtain and attach the DCFS Group Home Profile to the DCFS 6011.
  • Instructions on how to complete the DCFS 6011 have been removed and are now embedded in the DCFS 6011 itself.
  • Changes to the DCFS 6011, Notice of Replacement Report to add the new reporting requirements listed in Judge Nash's 01/23/14 memo.
  • Removed reference to any policy not specifically referred to in this policy.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010.6(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16010.6(b)
California Rules of Court 5.651(e)(1)(A)(B)
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R_ 1200-501.00 Reporting Unhealthy Living Conditions

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Date Issue: 12/10/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include links to a listing of Environmental Health Offices. In addition, other minor revisions have been made to this Procedural Guide.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code, Section 11165.1
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R_ 0500-509.20 Request by Law Enforcement, District Attorney or Public Defender to Interview a Child/Youth

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to remind staff to arrange for the transportation of the child/youth to the interview. Other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827
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R_ 0300-503.30 Requesting a Change of Order Pursuant to WIC 385

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Date Issue: 06/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: Non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 385
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R_ 0300-508.25 Requesting Corrected Minute Orders: Missing Minute Orders

R_ 0600-513.15 Requesting Non-Emergent Transportation for Children With Special Health Care Needs Under DCFS Supervision

R_ 0100-507.60 Requesting Notification of the Pending Release of an Incarcerated Parent

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: The time period for the Department of Corrections to notify specified parties including DCFS in writing that a prisoner serving time in state prison for child abuse, sexual molestation or domestic violence, is scheduled to be released has changed per Penal Code 3058.65 from 45 days to 60 days.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16507
Penal Code Section 3058.65
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R_ 1200-500.40 Requesting Respite Care Services

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Date Issue: 03/14/11
Summary of Revision Made: The policy has been updated to reflect the current procedure on obtaining respite care services for those qualified caregivers.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code section 16501
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R_ 0200-508.35 Rescinding a Relinquishment

R_ 0070-548.19 Response to a Mandated Reporter

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes Penal Code 11165.7, which amends who is considered a mandated reporter.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11165.7
Penal Code Section 11166(a)
Penal Code Section 11166(c)
Penal Code Section 11170(b) (2)
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R_ 0500-501.35 Responses to Subpoenas

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Date Issue: 06/15/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect the addition of Section 827.10 to the Welfare and Institutions Code effective 01/01/2011 regarding release of case records and CSW testimony in family law or probate guardianship cases.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 827
WIC Section 827.10 was added to WIC Section 827 and became effective 01/01/2011
Penal Code (PC) Section 11167(d)
PC Section 11167.5
Los Angeles Superior Court Rules Section 17.1
Blanket Order re: Confidentiality of Juvenile Case Files and Public and Media Access, dated July 11, 2006
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R_ 0200-508.25 Revoking a Relinquishment

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Date Issue: 08/09/10
Summary of Revision Made: This policy has been formatted and updated to reflect current practice. The Adoption Division is now the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
California Family Code Section 7662
California Family Code Section 7664
California Family Code Section 8700
California Family Code Section 8814.5
State Regulation-Title 22, Sections 35153-35163
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R_ 1200-502.00 Returning Runaway Youth Who Are From Other Jurisdictions: (Inside and Outside of California)

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the renumbering of Welfare and Institutions Code Sections related to the implementation of the Interstate Compact on Juveniles (from WIC 1300 to 1400). In addition, other non-substantive revisions were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 391(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 1400 - The Interstate Compact for Juveniles
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 1403
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R_ 0100-570.11 Runaways

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to include instructions to terminate placement payments within 7 calendar days from the date the youth ran away from placement. Reference to a new form, the “DCFS 6011, Notice of Replacement Report” has been added. This represents a significant revision to the standard Ex-Parte previously used for reporting change of placement.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 340
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 391(c)
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S_ 0070-520.10 Safely Surrendered Babies (SSB)

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the requirement set forth in ACIN I-19-12, Health And Safety Code § 1255.7. The ACIN requires counties to now submit the SOC 880, Safely Surrendered Baby Report to the California Department of Social Services, to CDSS.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1255.7
Penal Code (PC) Section 271.5(a)
PC Section 11165.13
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 294(g)(1)&(2)
WIC Section 300(g)
WIC Section 309(b)
All County Information Notice I-88-10 dated 11/02/2010
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S_ 0070-516.15 Screening And Assessing Children For Mental Health Services And Referral To Thecoordinated Services Action Team (CSAT)

S_ 0100-510.36 Screening And Intake Process Prior To Transporting Children To ERCP

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Date Issue: 07/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: At the request of Service Bureau 2 and with the approval of the Executive Team this Procedural Guide has been revised in order to highlight regional placement resources to be used when searching for a placement. In addition, the protocol for transporting a youth to ERCP has been strengthened and clarified. The intent of these revisions is to reduce the number of children transported to ERCP.
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S_ 0500-501.60 Sealing Department Records

S_ 0080-506.16 Selecting and/or Arranging for Appropriate Services for Incarcerated/Institutionalized/Detained/Deported Parents

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: The title and content of this Procedural Guide has been changed to include services for detained and deported parents.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.5(a)(2)(3)
WIC Section 361.5(e)(1)(2) & (3)
WIC Section 362.1
WIC 362.6
WIC Section 366.22
WIC Section 16501(h)
WIC Section 16501.1
WIC Section 16508.1(6)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division Section 31 325.31
Penal Code Section 2625
Edgar O. v. Los Angeles County Superior Court (2000) 84 Cal.App.4th 13.
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S_ 0080-506.10 Selecting and/or Arranging the Most Appropriate Services for Children and Families

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Date Issue: 09/07/11
Summary of Revision Made: Changes were made to reflect the closure of the two child sexual abuse counseling programs Central Los Angeles Sexual Abuse Unit (CLASAU) and Child Sexual Abuse Program (CSAP). In addition, other non substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16500.5(a)(1)(A)(I)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501(g)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501(h)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501(i)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division Section 31-201
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division Section 31-310
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S_ 0050-503.85 Sensitive Referrals/Cases

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Date Issue: 06/17/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect current practice.
The Procedural Guide has been further revised to indicate that all CPH Hotline SCSWS will have Sensitive and Sealed access.
The Procedural Guide has been further revised to indicate that CPH SCSWs with ARA approval can seal a referral when the facts of the referral may require a higher level of security.
Legal Basis: (None)
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S_ 0900-521.10 Service-Funded Activities (SFA)

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Date Issue: 08/10/10
Summary of Revision Made: Instructions were added for situations when a minor or minor parent has been court ordered to participate in drug/alcohol testing. In addition, other non-substantive changes were made.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code section 16501
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S_ 0100-502.52 Seven Day Prior Written Notice To Foster Parents Of Intent To Remove A Child And Grievance Review Regarding Placement/Removal Of A Child From A Foster Home

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: Removal of all ASFA related grievance procedures; refer to PG 0100-520.10, Evaluating a Prospective Caregiver for procedures on the use of State Hearings for ASFA related grievances
Updated title of this Procedural Guide
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16507.5(b)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5, Section 89400(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-020.1
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.2
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.3
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.4
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.5
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.6
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.7
CDSS MPP Division 31-020.8
CDSS MPP Division 31-440.1
CDSS MPP Division 31-440.2
CDSS MPP Division 31-440.3
CDSS MPP Division 31-440.4
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S_ 0300-503.94 Set-on/Walk-on Procedures

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Date Issue: 07/16/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect that CSWs are not required to submit an Ex Parte report along with the DCFS 1727 when requesting to limit a parent’s educational rights. Additional, non-substantive changes were made. At the request of Juvenile Court Services a minor revision has been made on Page 3.
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S_ 1200-500.85 Special Immigration Status (SIS)

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status eligibility requirement has changed. An undocumented child is now eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status when the Juvenile Court has made the finding that family reunification with one or both parents of the undocumented child is not viable due to abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. This new requirement has replaced the previous requirement of a child being under the permanent plan of Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (AKA long-term foster care). In addition, a description of the Special Immigrant Status (SIS) Unit was added to clarify when the SIS Unit is assigned as primary and secondary to cases.
Legal Basis:
United States Code title 8 Chapter 12 Section 1101(a)(27)(J)(i)
Immigration Nationality Act (INA), Section 101(a)(27)(J)
Federal Immigration Act of 1990, Section 153 of the
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
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S_ 0100-510.35 Special Placements

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Date Issue: 12/05/11
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to include changes requested by the Executive Team in efforts to expedite the approval process. Although a DCFS 4213 is still required for placement in an adult facility, Out-of-Home Care Management Division (OHCMD) clearance/approval is no longer required. Additionally, steps in the signature approval process have changed.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 11402.6
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S_ 0900-522.10 Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – D-Rate

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Date Issue: 12/5/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify and/or change out of county and LA County D-Rate requirements as they pertain to training, child’s age and foster parents’ experience.
It reflects the new provisions in the Kin-GAP Program as enacted by AB 12 and instructions set forth by All County Letter (ACL) No. 11-15, New Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap) Program Requirements.
Non-substantive changes have been made to provide general clarification and to streamline the policy including reorganization and formatting corrections.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5600.3(a)(2)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11461(e) (1)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400 (w)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11403.1(e) (1)
Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 11-401.323

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S_ 0900-522.11 Specialized Care Increment (SCI) – F-Rate

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Date Issue: 07/09/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to clarify and/or change out of county and LA County F-rate requirements as it pertains to training, child’s age, medical treatment and foster parents’ experience. It also reflects the new provisions in the Kin-GAP Program as enacted by AB 12 and instructions set forth by All County Letter (ACL) No. 11-15, New Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-Gap) Program Requirements. It also clarifies the application of the Early Start dual agency rate and law regarding capacity for specialized foster homes.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1501.1
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17710
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17731
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17732
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 17733
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11461(e) (1)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400 (w)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11403.1(e) (1)
Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 11-401.323
Manual of Community Care Licensing, Title 22, Division 6, Chapter 9.5, Section 89224
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S_ 0100-520.25 Statement of Facts for Foster Care

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Date Issue: 06/28/10
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated according to current practices. Additional non substantive changes have been made.
Legal Basis:
California Department of Social Service Manual Letter No. 04-58; EAS-9407, Division 40-128
State Regulations - Division 45-201.45 and 45-201.71
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S_ 0200-507.35 Stepparent and Domestic Partner Adoption

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was updated to include procedures to assist CSW’s in identifying the natural father.
Legal Basis:
California Family Code Section 297
California Family Code Section 297.5
California Family Code Section 7663
California Family Code 8613.5(a)(1)(2)
California Family Code Section 9000
California Family Code Section 9001
California Family Code Section 9002
California Family Code Section 9003
California Family Code Section 9004
California Family Code Section 9005
California Family Code Section 9006
California Family Code Section 9007
Health and Safety Code 11361.5
Health and Safety Code 11361.7
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S_ 0300-503.90 Submission of Last Minute Information for the Court

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Date Issue: 02/12/09
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to reflect the proper procedure for submitting the DCFS 4216, Last Minute Information for the Court, for a matter that is being heard the same day.
Legal Basis: (None)
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S_ 0070-559.10, Summary Of Clearances

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Date Issue: 05/26/10
Summary of Revision Made: Removed all references to Single Index, it has been replaced by the system LEADER. The policy was updated to reflect that when investigating a child abuse referral, a CLETS clearance shall be requested on referrals alleging at least one of the following: domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, exploitation or severe neglect. For referrals alleging emotional abuse or general neglect, a CLETS can be initiated when the CSW deems it relevant and appropriate.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 361.3
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 361.4
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 366.21(f)
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 16504.5
CDSS MPP Division 31-405.1
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S_ 0100-560.40 Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)

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Date Issue: 03/28/13
Summary of Revision Made: Notes were added to remind the NMD that the SILP payment will not be available until the month following approval of the SILP by YDSD.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 11461(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 11461(e)(1)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(c)(1)
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 16501.1(f)(16)(A)
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S_ 0400-504.45 Supervised Visits

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Date Issue: 04/09/09
Summary of Revision Made: For clarification purposes, changed title from: Monitored Visits/Contacts to: Supervised Visits. This Procedural Guide was revised to incorporate standards set for supervised visitation by the California Judicial Counsel as set forth in the California Rules of Court. These include Monitors qualifications, safety and security, conflict of interest, maintenance and disclosure of records and confidentiality. Clarification of mandated timeframes for visits and levels of visits were added, as well as, how the Family Visitation Plan requirements regarding supervised visits are to be addressed. Finally, the term “supervised” visits has been added to describe visits where a “Monitor” is present. The term “Monitor” has been redefined so that it now only refers to the title/role of the person who is providing supervision. Procedural Guide 0400-504.65, Face-to-Face Visits: Child With Family Members has been merged into this one to eliminate redundancy. The DCFS 5120 and 5121 have been revised to more clearly reflect the standards set for supervised visitation by the California Judicial Counsel as set forth in the California Rules of Court. For clarification purposes the titles have been changed to: DCFS 5120, Monitor’s Instructions: Terms and Conditions for Supervised Visits; and DCFS 5121, Visitor’s Instructions: Terms and Conditions for Supervised Visits.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), 300(e)
WIC 308
WIC 362.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-340
CDSS MPP Division 31-345
California Rules of Court, Section 5.20, Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation
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S_ 0200-509.36 Supervision of Fost-Adopt and Adoptive Placements

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Date Issue: 12/06/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect current practice. Also, information was updated about the requirements for Special Immigration Juvenile Status.
Legal Basis:
California Family Code Section 7900-7912
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 2, Section 35127.3 (a) (3) and (4)
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Divisions 2, Section 35195
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 2, Section 35203
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 2, Section 35205
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 2, Section 35207
California Family Code Section 8714.5 (b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16002 (e)
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S_ 0900-523.10 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Benefits for Children in Care

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Date Issue: 03/06/12
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been revised to include information regarding SSI as it relates to Extended Foster Care (EFC). It reflects updated information on SSI rules, related policies and DCFS program.
Legal Basis:
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 391(b)(3)
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 11401.6
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 13752
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 13753
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 13757
California Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 13757 (2) d)
California State Regulations Division 45-302.1
Title XVI of Social Security Act
Title XII Social Security Act
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S_ 0500-302.10 Suspected Child Abuse Report: Release of Information Pursuant to Penal Code Sections 11167(d) and 11167.5

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Date Issue: 02/20/08
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to include instructions on the release of information related to reports of suspected child abuse or neglect to out-of-state agencies responsible for approving prospective foster or adoptive parents or relative caregivers for placement of a child.
Legal Basis:
Penal Code Section 11167d)
Penal Code Section 11167.5
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T_ 0070-548.20 Taking Children into Temporary Custody

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Date Issue: 03/04/13
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was updated based on changes to WIC 361.3 (a), when a child is removed from the physical custody of his or her parents, preferential consideration shall be given to a request by a relative of the child for placement of the child with the relative, regardless of the relative’s immigration status. Also, changes were made regarding removal orders to be consistent with the current practice.
Legal Basis:
Greene v. Camreta, 588 F. 3d 1011
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 224.2 (a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 224.3 (c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 306
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 308(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 309(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.3(a)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-130
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-135
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T_ 0090-506.30 Teen Parent DPSS Services Assessment (Non-Dependent Parenting Teens Referred by DPSS)

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to add staff’s contact information and update terminologies.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Section 11254(a)(b)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-530.1-.232
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T_ 0100-510.40 Teen Parents in Foster Care

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes due to legislation enacted under AB 12. The term ”teen parent” includes a non-minor dependent, who is a parent The same rate is paid for the care and supervision of the child of a non-minor dependent as is paid for the child of a teen parent in a WFFH.
Legal Basis:
Family Code 3030
Family Code 7825
Penal Code Section 261.5
Penal Code 11165.1
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Section 301(c)
WIC, Section 362.1
WIC 11364
WIC 11400
WIC 11465(d)(1)
WIC 11465(d)(3)
WIC 11465(d)(5)
WIC 16002.5
WIC 16004.5
WIC 16501.25
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T_ 0050-502.05 Telephone Numbers For The Child Protection Hotline

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Date Issue: 06/12/07
Summary of Revision Made: The title of the Procedural Guide was changed.
Legal Basis: (None)
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T_ 0200-509.40 Terminating an Adoptive Placement

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been revised to instruct CSW’s to do an Adoption Safe Families Act (ASFA) referral if the child continues to reside with a relative caregiver. Also, sections of the procedural guide where reworded to accurately reflect different scenarios for terminating an adoptive placement. Further, the Adoption Division is now known as the Adoption and Permanency Resources Division (APRD).
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(n)(3)(A)(B)(C)(D)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26(n)(4)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 387
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35197 (f) (2)
Family Code Section 8704
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35207
Family Code Section 8700 Subdivision(g)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35207.1
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35213
Family Code Section 8720
California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Manual of Policies and Procedures, Title 22, Section 35215
Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 361.5 (g)(2)(A), 366.21(i)(2)(A) and 366.22(c) (2)(A)
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T_ 0100-570.09 The Care of Children Placed in a Foster Family Agency Home (FFA)

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Date Issue: 09/05/12
Summary of Revision Made: The Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes due to legislation enacted under AB 12. The term non-minor dependent has been added to include youth who are 18 years or older and who are receiving Extended Foster Care benefits. In addition, if the child/non-minor dependent is able to remain in the school in which they were enrolled at the time of placement, the caregiver can be reimbursed for the costs related to transporting the child in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade to his/her school of origin.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1502(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(c)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(g)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31 Section 31-320
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6 Chapter 8.8 Section 88068.2
Community Care Licensing (CCL) Information Release No. 2010-04
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T_ 0100-570.08 The Care of Children Placed in a Licensed Foster Home, Relative/Non-Relative Extended Family Members Home or Small Family Home

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Date Issue: 03/26/14
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes due to legislation enacted under AB 352 which added to the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 1530.7. Group homes, foster family agencies, small family homes, transitional housing placement providers, and crisis nurseries licensed pursuant to this chapter shall maintain a smoke-free environment in the facility. A person who is licensed or certified pursuant to this chapter to provide residential care in a foster family home or certified family home must not smoke or permit any other person to smoke inside the facility, and, when the child is present, on the outdoor grounds of the facility. Also, a person must not smoke in any motor vehicle that is regularly used to transport the child.
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code 1530.7
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(e)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(f)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(m)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11400(n)
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6 Chapter 1Section 8000(s)(3)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31 Section 31-320
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T_ 0100-570.10 The Care of Children Placed in Group Homes

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Date Issue: 12/04/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide has been updated to reflect changes due to legislation enacted under AB 12. The term non-minor dependent has been added to include youth who are 18 years or older and who are receiving Extended Foster Care benefits.
Legal Basis:
Health and Safety Code Section 1502(a)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.04
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 362.05
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 1400
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16516.5
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31 Section 31-320
California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 6 Chapter 5 Section 84068.2
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T_ 1200-500.05 The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

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Date Issue: 06/01/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide was updated due to the enactment of AB 12. As a result of AB 12, an Indian Child that is declared a nonminor dependent must decide whether or not they wish for the provisions of ICWA to continue to apply to them after turning 18. This includes provisions such as tribal involvement in case planning or tribal notification of court hearings. If the NMD no longer wishes to have the provisions of ICWA applicable, he/she can elect to no longer be considered an Indian Child.
Legal Basis:
California Rules of the Court rule 5.664
California Rules of Court, Rule 5.481
Family Code 7907.3
State Regulations Division 31-515-520
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.1
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.2
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.3
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.4
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.5
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 224.6
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 290.1
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 290.2
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 291
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 292
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 293
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 294
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 295
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 305.5
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 306.6
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.4
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.7
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 361.31
Welfare and Institution Code Section 366.24(b)
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 366.26 (c)
Welfare and Institution Code (WIC) Section 391
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 16507.4 (b)
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-515-520
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) All County Letter No. 08-02
ACL 10-17, ASSEMBLY BILL 1325, CHAPTER 287, STATUTES OF 2009 TRIBAL CUSTOMARY ADOPTION
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T_ 0070-547.11 Time Frames For Responses To Referrals

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Date Issue: 04/17/12
Summary of Revision Made: This Procedural Guide is being revised to reflect current practice as detailed in Procedural Guide 0400-503.30, Attempted Contacts on Referrals, by removing the following: “However, if the child has any of the following vulnerabilities: age 0-5, significant diagnosed medical or mental disorder, school age, but not attending, diminished mental capacity (e.g., developmental delay, non-verbal), and/or diminished physical capacity (e.g., non-ambulatory, limited use of limbs), daily attempts must be made to make face-to-face contact with the child(ren) and family. See Procedural Guide 0400-503.30, Attempted Contacts on Referrals for more detailed information.”
Legal Basis:
Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 306
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16504(a)
CDSS MPP Division 31-115
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