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Services for Teen Parents

0100-510.40 | Revision Date: 04/20/16

Overview

This policy guide instructs staff on how to assess the safety of pregnant and/or parenting teens' children.  This policy guide also provides staff with placement services and helpful resources.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

Reproductive Health Care

Assessment of Risk of Abuse and Neglect

Placement Services and Requirements

Non-Custodial Parent

Father's Status

Visitation

Placement Types, Rates, and Requirements

Requesting New Rates

Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH)

Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH) Infant Supplement Rate

Whole Family Foster Home Initial Certification and Annual Re-Certification

Shared Responsibility Plan (SRP)

SRP Rate

Kin-GAP Home

Foster Family Agency (FFA) Responsibilities

Group Home Rates

DPSS Services Assessment

Minor Parent Rule

DPSS Referral of Teen Parent under the Minor Parent Rule

DPSS Referral of Teen Parent Exempt from the Minor Parent Rule

Procedure

Dependent Teen Parent is Residing at Home and Receiving Family Maintenance (FM) Services

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Dependent Teen Parent is Residing in Out-of-Home Care and Receiving Family Reunification (FR) or Permanent Placement (PP) Services

CSW Responsibilities

SCSW Responsibilities

Involving the Non-Custodial Parent

CSW Responsibilities

DCFS Minor Parent Program Receives the CW25 Form from DPSS

Minor Parent Program SCSW Responsibilities

Minor Parent Program CSW Responsibilities

Approvals

Helpful Links

Attachments

Forms

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy guide was updated from the 07/01/14 version to reflect changes to WIC 361.8 regarding the assessment of risk of abuse or neglect of a child of a minor parent or nonminor dependent parent.

POLICY

Reproductive Health Care

DCFS-served youth can be seen at any of the Medical Hubs for counseling and discussion of available birth control options.

Assessment of Risk of Abuse or Neglect

The child of a minor parent or nonminor dependent parent must not be considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect solely on the basis of information concerning the parent's or parents' placement history, past behaviors, or health or mental health diagnoses occurring prior to the pregnancy, although that information may be taken into account when considering whether other factors exist that place the child at risk of abuse or neglect.

Placement Services and Requirements

DCFS seeks to maintain the continuity of the Teen Parent Family Unit by ensuring teen parents and their children are placed together in the most family-like setting possible, unless it has been determined that placement together poses a risk to the child.  Every attempt must be made to locate foster parents or other placement models willing to provide Whole Family Placement and supportive family focused care for the teen and their child.

 

If the teen parent agrees, the family should be referred for a Pregnant and Parenting Teen Conference (PPT).  A PPT is held for any pregnant or parenting teen under DCFS supervision to identify and discuss issues related to pregnancy and early stages of child rearing.

 

CSWs must select and maintain foster care placements that demonstrate a willingness and ability to provide support and assistance to dependent teen parents and their children.

 

Dependent teen parents and their children living in foster care must be provided access to existing services for which they may be eligible that are specifically targeted at supporting, maintaining, and developing both the parent-child bond and the teen parent's ability to provide a permanent and safe home for the child.  The teen parent must be encouraged and allowed the opportunity to attend school, complete homework, and participate in age and developmentally appropriate activities unrelated to and separate from parenting.

 

Contact between the child, the custodial parent, and the non-custodial parent must be facilitated when that contact is found to be in the best interest of the child.

 

The caregiver should be provided with information on the WFFH certification, SRPs, and corresponding payment rates.

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Non-Custodial Parent

The child of a teen parent, who is under DCFS supervision, must be provided the opportunity to have a relationship with both parents.  For dependent children of teen parent(s), as part of the assessment of the family, the non-custodial parent’s commitment to the child, including their ability and willingness to provide child support and appropriateness as a parental figure must be included.  Neither the age difference of the parents, nor the custodial parent’s reluctance to involve the non-custodial parent can prevent visitation between the non-custodial parent and the child.  However, age difference and the relationship between the parents, in addition to commitment to the child, willingness to support the child, etc., are factors to consider in determining the appropriateness of the individual as a parental figure.

 

Non-custodial parents who have a commitment to their children and who have been assessed by the CSW to be appropriate parental figures should be encouraged to develop a relationship with their children.  The non-custodial parent’s visitation plan with his or her child must be included in the case plan and discussed with the custodial parent and, if applicable, with the custodial teen parent’s out-of-home caregiver and case-carrying CSW.

 

If the non-custodial parent is a DCFS supervised youth, visitation must be arranged through a team planning process involving the non-custodial teen parent, the custodial parent, any out-of-home caregiver, the teen parent’s case-carrying CSW, and any other support person.  The visitation plan is to be included in the case plan for the child, when applicable, and the teen parent.  If there is a different case-carrying CSW for the dependent child of the parent, they are responsible for developing the case plan for the dependent child and including parental visitation.  The case-carrying CSW for the non-custodial teen parent is responsible for developing a case plan for the non-custodial teen parent that supports the teen parent's visitation with their child and the development of their parenting skills.

 

If the non-custodial parent lacks parenting skills or has a negative relationship with the custodial parent, services to assist the non-custodial parent in developing parenting skills or improving their relationship should be made part of the appropriate case plan(s).  Monitoring of the non-custodial parent’s follow-through with the case plan will help determine the appropriateness of ongoing involvement with their child.  If the non-custodial parent’s involvement with their child is unsafe or detrimental to the child, the custodial parent should be assisted in obtaining legal safeguards such as restraining and custody orders. CSW is to assess whether filing a petition and seeking detention from the father is appropriate.

 

If the teen parent (either custodial or non-custodial) resides in out-of-home care, the caregiver must be involved in the case plan regarding parent/child visitation and parenting skills-building.  Failure to cooperate with the case plan is a quality-of-life issue and must be reported to the Child Protection Hotline.

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Father's Status

The status of the father of a child of a DCFS supervised teen mother must be investigated.  Pursuant to Penal Code 261.5, any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is not more than three years older or three years younger that the perpetrator , is guilty of a misdemeanor.  Perpetrators who are more than three years older than the minor or perpetrator age 21 or older when the minor is under 16 years of age have committed either a misdemeanor or a felony in causing the teen mother to become pregnant.  CSWs are mandated to report suspected child abuse regarding sexual activity between an adolescent and an adult partner/perpetrator.  All fathers must be permitted visitation with their children, unless the court makes specific orders to the contrary.  In some instances, the CSW will need to report the non-custodial parent as a suspected child abuse perpetrator to the Child Protection Hot Line and to local law enforcement while simultaneously working with the non-custodial parent to develop a safe plan for visitation with his or her child.  Careful consideration must be given to the appropriateness of contact between the teen parent and the child's father in such a case.

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Visitation

When a teen parent in foster care has custody of the child and the child is not a dependent of the court, visitation among the teen parent, the non-dependent child's non-custodial parent, and appropriate family members is to be ordered by the court, unless the court finds clear and convincing evidence that visitation would be detrimental to the teen parent.  CSWs should arrange visits as determined by the case plan and the court's order.

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Placement Types, Rates, and Requirements

Teen parents must be placed with their non-dependent or dependent child/ren whenever possible while the teen parent is in foster care.

Requesting New Rates

CSWs should use the CWS/CMS Special Projects Coding to document the appropriate type of placement.  The dependent child's teen parent must be receiving Family Reunification ServicesActivities designed to provide time-limited foster care services to prevent or remedy neglect, abuse, or exploitation. The child remains in temporary foster care while services are provided to reunite the family. for the child placed in the same facility with the teen parent.

Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH)

The purpose of WFFHs is to provide out-of-home care to dependent teens and their non-dependent children, while assisting the teen parents in developing the skills they will need to provide a safe, stable, and permanent home for their children.  A WFFH can be:

 

Group homes may not become WFFHs.

 

When using a WFFH, it is the CSW's responsibility to assess the appropriateness of the home and to help prepare the home for the infant/toddler, keeping the following in consideration:

Whole Family Foster Home (WFFH) Infant Supplement Rate

To cover the costs of the care and supervision provided in WFFHs, the infant supplement rate has been increased to the equivalent of the AFDC-FC basic rate according to the child's age.  This rate applies only to non-dependent children placed with their dependent teen parents who are residing in a WFFH as described above.  The same rate is paid for the care and supervision of the child of a nonminor dependent as is paid for the child of a teen parent in a WFFH.

Whole Family Foster Home Initial Certification and Annual Re-Certification

A caregiver must successfully complete 16 hours of specialized, DCFS-approved training to receive initial certification as a WFFH provider and 4 hours of training annually for re-certification. The caregiver must provide a copy of their initial completion certificate to the CSW.

Shared Responsibility Plan (SRP)

A WFFH certified caregiver and the teen parent have the option to develop a Shared Responsibility Plan (SRP).  The SRP is created to help develop the parent-child bond, assist the teen parent in their transition to independence, and create a successful, supportive, and nurturing placement for both the teen parent and child.  In addition, the SRP provides clear, realistic guidelines for both the teen parent and the adult caregiver as to the responsibilities of each.

 

The SRP is a written agreement between the dependent teen parent and their caregiver about the duties, rights, and responsibilities each has with regard to the teen parent's nondependent child.  The SRP does the following:

 

Because things can change from week to week, the SPR must be flexible.  It might be necessary to review and revise the SRP Weekly Planner on a weekly basis (or even more frequently).

 

If an SRP is developed, it must be done by the teen parent and the WFFH certified caregiver in collaboration with the CSW.  The SRP must be designed to preserve, strengthen and maintain the continuity of the teen parent family unit, to facilitate a supportive home environment for the teen parent and the child, and to ultimately enable the teen parent to independently provide a safe, stable, and permanent home for the child.  The SRP must not limit the teen parent's legal right to make decisions regarding the care, custody, and control of the child.

SRP Rate

The caregiver will receive an additional $200 a month (SRP rate).  The SRP rate is available for each non-dependent child for whom an SRP has been developed.

 

CSWs are to develop the SRP with the WFFH certified caregiver and teen parent within 30 days of placement of the teen parent and their non-dependent child.  If the CSW and/or the FFA social worker are not able to participate in the creation of the SRP within 30 days of placement, then the caregiver and the teen parent may develop an SRP on their own.  However, the SRP must be reviewed and approved by the CSW who will submit it to the EW/TA to initiate the SRP rate.  Copies of the SRP are to be provided to the teen parent, their attorney, the caregiver, and the FFA.

 

Every six (6) months, the SRP must be reviewed, updated if necessary, reauthorized by the CSW, and resubmitted to the EW/TA for continuation of the SRP rate.  If the SRP is not reauthorized by the CSW and resubmitted to the EW/TA, the SRP payment will be discontinued.

 

CSWs must document the effectiveness of the approved SRP in the DCFS case record.  The SRP remains in effect as long as it is relevant and may be amended at any time to meet the current needs of the family.  As soon as any changes are made to a previously approved SRP, the caregiver must advise the CSW.

Kin-GAP Home

RelativeFor the purpose of placement and foster care payments: An adult who is related to the child by blood, adoption or affinity within the fifth degree of kinship, including stepparents, stepsiblings, and all relatives whose status is preceded by the words, "great," "great-great" or "grand" or the spouse of any of these persons even if the marriage was terminated by death or dissolution. caregivers, who, prior to Kin-GAP, were WFFH certified while the teen parent family unit was placed in their home, will continue to receive the WFFH Infant Supplement Rate under KinGAP for the teen parent's child.  Additionally, KinGAP recipients who were designated at a WFFH and who received the same payment while the teen parent was in foster care may continue to receive the same payment amount.  A new SRP is not required.  The previous SRP remain in effect as long as it is relevant and meets the current needs of the family.

Foster Family Agency (FFA) Responsibilities

FFAs are responsible for appropriate recruitment and training of WFFH certified foster families.  An FFA representative, who provides direct and immediate supervision to the caregiver, develops the SRP along with the caregiver and teen parent.  The SRP is to outline the duties, rights, and responsibilities of the teen parent and the caregiver with regard to the child, and identify supportive services to be offered to the teen parent by the caregiver and the FFA providing direct and immediate supervision to the caregiver, or both.  Assistance with development, approval, and monitoring of the SRP is considered part of the FFA's on-going administrative support to caregivers.  The SRP rate to care for a non-dependent child placed with the dependent teen parent in a FFA certified home, where the WFFH certified caregiver and the teen parent have a SRP, must be passed on to the WFFH certified caregiver.  FFAs must ensure that the CSW has a current copy of the SRP and any subsequent updates, as well as maintain one copy within the FFA.

Group Home Rates

A dependent teen parent and their dependent infant, placed together in a group home, receive an age appropriate Rate Classification Level (RCL) group home rate for each dependent placement.

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DPSS Services Assessment

Minor Parent Rule

Non-dependent youth can get cash aid (CalWorks) if they meet all of the following conditions:

 

The cash aid will be paid to the parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative on behalf of the teen parent.

 

The WIC Minor Parent Rule does not apply to pregnant or parenting teens in any of the following circumstances, and cash aid may be available under any of these exemptions:

DPSS Referral of Teen Parent under the Minor Parent Rule

Referral of a Teen Parent as specified in the WIC Minor Parent Rule occurs when a teen parent applies for AFDC and alleges that her/his physical or emotional health or safety, or that of her/his child(ren), would be jeopardized if (s)he lived in the same residence with their parent, legal guardian or other adult relative.  DPSS eligibility staff will not make a final determination about granting aid, except in cases where Immediate Need is requested, until a DCFS Minor Parent Program Children’s Social Worker (CSW) informs the DPSS eligibility staff whether the teen parent and her/his child(ren) can safely reside in their parent's, legal guardian's or other adult relative's home.

 

DCFS has a point CSW assigned to process DPSS Minor Parent referrals. These DPSS Minor Parent referrals are forwarded to Metro North Administration Attn: Assistant Regional Administrator, Shelby Ellis, (213) 763-1533; Fax (213) 763-7015.

 

Within 20 calendar days of receiving a referral, via the DPSS CW25, Supplemental Statement of Facts – Minor Parent form, the CSW must complete an in-person investigation of the allegation to determine whether the physical or emotional health or safety of the teen parent or child(ren) would be jeopardized if they lived in the same residence with the teen parent's own parent, legal guardian or other adult relative.

DPSS Referral of Teen Parent Exempt from the Minor Parent Rule

If the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) cannot safely return to the home of the teen's parent(s) or legal guardian, the CSW must determine if the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) can remain safely in their current living arrangement (for example a teen parent is living with her boyfriend or her boyfriend's family).  If the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) are not safe, then an alternative plan must be developed.  The pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) must move into an approved adult-supervised setting or enter foster care.

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PROCEDURE

Dependent Teen Parent is Residing at Home and Receiving Family Maintenance (FM) Services

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Assess the teen parent's ability to care for the infant.  In the assessment, consider the attitude of the teen parent's caregiver towards the infant and their ability and willingness to provide assistance to the teen parent.

 

  1. Prior to documenting any health information about the teen parent's non-dependent child, obtain the teen parent's permission.
  1. Have the teen parent sign the Parenting Youth's Consent to Document and Share Her/His Non-Dependent Child's Health Education form.

 

  1. When appropriate, invite a DCFS Public Health Nurse to participate in the assessment.

 

  1. Attempt to identify the father and assess his interest in and ability to parent the child.
  1. Ensure father is added to the family in the Client Notebook.

 

  1. Consult with the SCSW.
  1. Determine if there is a need for DCFS intervention with respect to the infant's safety.
  1. Document the consultation and resulting decision in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. If appropriate and the youth agrees, refer the family for a PPT conference.

 

  1. If it is determined there is no need for DCFS intervention:

 

  1. If the non-custodial parent has been located, determine if they are under DCFS supervision. 

 

  1. If it is determined that intervention by DCFS is necessary, make a child abuse referral to the CPH. 
  1. Document the referral and referral number in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. After the referral on the infant is received in the regional office from CPH, assess the level of services necessary to ensure the infant's safety. 
  1. Consider whether the use of community resources, including Family Preservation services, might allow the infant to remain safely with the teen parent under a Voluntary Family Maintenance (VFM)The provision of non-court, time-limited protective services to families whose children are in potential danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation when the children can safely remain in the home with DCFS services. In order to receive VFM services, the family must be willing to accept them and participate in corrective efforts to ensure that the child's protective needs are met. There is a six-month time limit for this service. plan. 
  1. Consult with the SCSW regarding the advisability of a VFM plan for the infant.

 

  1. If it appears the infant may safely remain with the teen parent under a VFM plan:
  1. Inform the teen parent that the law requires that they must consult with their court appointed attorney prior to entering into a VFM contract with DCFS.
  1. Completed the DCFS 5402 and fax it, along with a copy of the proposed Case Plan, to the attorney representing the teen parent.
  1. Print a fax confirmation sheet and attach it to the DCFS 5402 to be filed in the Court Documents folder.
  1. Do not have the teen parent sign the Case Plan until after they have consulted with their attorney.
  1. Ensure and expedite the consultation between the teen parent and their attorney, including provision of the attorney's contact information to the teen parent.
  1. Once it has been confirmed that the teen parent has had the opportunity to consult with their attorney, the teen parent may sign the Case Plan.
  1. Send a letter to the teen parent's attorney confirming that the CSW has been notified that the dependent teen parent has consulted with their attorney.
  1. Attach a copy of the letter to the DCFS 5402 to be filed in the Contact Notebook.
  1. Document all contacts and actions taken in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. If the teen parent agrees to a VFM plan/contract:
  1. Promote the infant's referral to a case
  1. If the non-custodial parent has been located, enter the name, address, phone number, and medical history into the infant's Client Notebook.
  1. Develop an Initial Case Plan for the infant for providing VFM services.  If a non-DCFS supervised non-custodial parent is willing, include them in the Case Plan.
  1. If the non-custodial parent is a DCFS supervised youth, follow the steps outlined in #11 prior to their inclusion in the Case Plan. 
  1. Review the Initial Case Plan for the infant with the teen parent and, if available, the non-custodial parent.  Obtain the required signatures.
  1. Discuss with the teen parent and their caregiver, the caregiver's responsibility to provide support and assistance, as needed, to the parent and their infant.

 

  1. If, after consultation with the SCSW, it does not appear the infant can be safely maintained in the home with the teen parent, consider the following options:

 

  1. If the teen parent agrees to a VFR contract, follow the steps outlined in Voluntary Placement.
  1. To facilitate maintenance of the Teen Parent Family Unit, consider placing the teen and their infant together, each under a Voluntary Family Reunification (VFR) plan.
  1. If the teen parent and their parent/guardian each agree to a VFR plan seek placement for the Teen Parent Family Unit.
  1. Evaluate the non-custodial parent of the infant as a potential placement resource.  Consider the following factors:

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Consult with CSW regarding whether or not there is a need for DCFS intervention and, if so, what type of intervention is appropriate.

 

  1. As appropriate, review and approve the Initial Case Plan, VFM, or VFR.

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Dependent Teen Parent is Residing in Out-of-Home Care and Receiving Family Reunification (FR) or Permanent Placement (PP) Services

CSW Responsibilities

  1. Assess the teen parent's ability to care for the infant.

 

  1. Prior to documenting any health information about the teen parent's non-dependent child, obtain the teen parent's permission.
  1. Have the teen parent sign the Parenting Youth's Consent to Document and Share Her/His Non-Dependent Child's Health Education form.

 

  1. When appropriate, invite a DCFS Public Health Nurse to participate in the assessment.

 

  1. Attempt to identify the father and assess his interest in and ability to parent the child.
  1. Ensure father is added to the family in the Client Notebook.

 

  1. Consult with the SCSW.
  1. Determine if there is a need for DCFS intervention with respect to the infant's safety.
  1. Document the consultation and resulting decision in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. If appropriate and the youth agrees, refer the family for a PPT conference.

 

  1. If it is determined there is no need for DCFS intervention on behalf of the infant:

 

  1. If it is determined there is a child safety issue regarding the infant, and DCFS intervention is necessary, follow the steps 9 through 14 in Dependent Teen Parent is Residing at Home and Receiving Family Maintenance (FM) Services.

SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Consult with CSW regarding whether or not there is a need for DCFS intervention and, if so, what type of intervention is appropriate.

 

  1. Review and approve the Case Plan Update per existing procedures.

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Involving the Non-Custodial Parent

CSW Responsibilities

  1. During a face-to-face contact, discuss the involvement of the non-custodial parent with the custodial parent.
  1. Obtain the name, age, address, and telephone number of the non-custodial parent.
  1. Ask the custodial parent to describe their thoughts and feelings about the non-custodial parent.
  1. Document this discussion in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. Contact the non-custodial parent by telephone, letter, or face-to-face in order to determine their willingness to be involved with the child. 

 

  1. If the non-custodial parent is not willing to be involved with the child, document their unwillingness and reasons in the Contact Notebook.

 

  1. If the non-custodial parent is willing to be involved with the child:
  1. Obtain CLETS, Live ScanA criminal history check based upon the submission of the subjects' fingerprints to the DOJ. The inquiry may also include an inquiry of the Child Abuse Central Index and an inquiry of the FBI database, if there is an indication that the subject may have been arrested outside of California, or that the subject has been a resident of California for less than two years. The clearance will confirm the identity of the subject of the inquiry and give the subject's history of arrests and convictions., CACI, JAI and CWS/CMS clearances on the non-custodial parent.
  1. During face-to-face contact, utilize the SDM Safety and Family Risk Assessment to assess their appropriateness as a parental figure, level of parenting skills, etc.
  1. Ask the custodial parent to describe their thoughts and feelings about the non-custodial parent.
  1. Document the face-to-face contact and assessment in the Contact Notebook.
  1. In collaboration with the non-custodial parent and, if applicable, the non-custodial teen parent’s CSW, develop the case plan to include the non-custodial parent’s visitation with the child, frequency of non-custodial parent contacts (in coordination with the non-custodial teen parent’s CSW, if applicable) and any referrals for services needed by the non-custodial parent to mitigate any assessed risk to the child.
  1. Obtain the non-custodial parent’s signature on the case plan
  1. Develop the non-custodial parent’s visitation plan.
  1. Monitor the non-custodial parent’s progress with the case plan. If appropriate, discuss the non-custodial teen parent’s progress with their CSW.
  1. Every six months, or more frequently as needed, review the non-custodial parent’s progress towards completing the case plan goals. Update the case plan as appropriate.

 

  1. Refer the non-custodial parent to the District Attorney for child support.
  1. Complete the DCFS 280.
  1. Include the name, address, telephone number and, if known, the social security and driver’s license numbers of the non-custodial parent.
  1. Submit it to the EW/TA.

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DCFS Minor Parent Program Receives the CW25 Form From DPSS

Minor Parent Program SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Receive faxed copy of CW25, Supplemental Statement of Facts – Minor Parent form from DPSS and confirm that DPSS has checked the “Risk Assessment for Safety Issue” box.

 

  1. If the “Risk Assessment for Safety Issue” box has not been checked by DPSS, contact the DPSS Eligibility Worker (EW) and confirm the request.

 

  1. Assign it to a CSW with a “5 Business Days” response time, and enter the CW25 referral information into the Minor Parent Program office control log.

 

  1. Once the CSW has completed and returned the CW25, review the completed CW25.

 

  1. If the CW25 is complete, approve it and fax it back to DPSS within 5 business days of approval.

 

  1. If the CW25 is not approved, return it to the CSW for corrective action.

 

  1. Enter the results of the risk and safety assessment into the Minor Parent Program office control log.

Minor Parent Program CSW Responsibilities

  1. Within 5 business days of receiving the CW25, Supplemental Statement of Facts Minor Parent form from the SCSW, make a face-to-face, in-home contact with the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren).

 

  1. Interview the pregnant or parenting teen before interviewing the teen's parent(s), legal guardian, or adult relative.
  1. Ask the teen parent for the specific reasons why (s)he feels (s)he and/or her/his child(ren) would be at risk of harm if (s)he (or they) live in the home of the their parent(s), legal guardian, or adult relative.

 

  1. Evaluate the risk and safety of the pregnant or parenting teen and the child(ren).

 

  1. Assess the pregnant or parenting teen’s preparedness for independent living, using the DCFS Guide to TILP Summary Assessment of Basic Living Skills.

 

  1. The teen parent and her/his child(ren) should each receive a documented Safety Assessment based upon following variables:

 

  1. If the allegation is unfounded and the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) would not be at risk if living with the senior parent(s), legal guardian, or adult relative:
  1. Document the factors contributing to this determination.
  1. In the "County Use Only" section of the CW25, complete the Child Welfare Services (CWS) portion  as follows:
  1. Does Safety Issue Exist?  Check "YES" if Referral was made to CPH.  Check "NO" if no risk or safety factors were found.
  1. Provide "Comments" as appropriate and complete the rest of the CWS portion before returning it to SCSW for an approval.
  1. Submit the CW25 to SCSW for approval.

 

  1. If appropriate, provide the pregnant or parenting teen with referrals for needed services.

 

  1. If the allegation is not unfounded, and the pregnant or parenting teen and her/his child(ren) would be at risk if living with their parent(s), legal guardian, or adult relative:
  1. Document the factors contributing to this determination
  1. Complete and return the CW25 form to SCSW for approval.

 

  1. If it is determined that the pregnant or parenting teen and/or her/his child(ren) is/are not safe in the current living arrangement and/or cannot safely return home, follow the steps outlined in Child Abuse and Reporting Act (CANRA).

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APPROVALS

SCSW

HELPFUL LINKS

Attachments

Community Colleges Directory

Guide to TILP Summary Assessment of Basic Living Skills

Know Your Rights for Sexual Health Services and Sexual Health Services Available at the Medical Hub Clinics

Forms

LA Kids

DCFS 280, Technical Assistance Action Request

DCFS 709, Foster Child's Needs and Case Plan Summary

Parenting Youth’s Consent to Document and Share Her/His Non-Dependent Child’s Health Information

Shared Responsibility Plan

Shared Responsibility Plan Instructions

Referenced Policy Guides

0070-548.01, Child and Family Teams (CFT)

0070-559.10, Clearances

0080-502.25, Family Maintenance Services for Court and Voluntary Cases

0100-501.10, Child AbuseThe non-accidental commission of injuries against a person. In the case of a child, the term refers specifically to the non-accidental commission of injuries against the child by or allowed by a parent(s)/guardian(s) or other person(s). The term also includes emotional, physical, severe physical, and sexual abuse as defined in CDSS MAPP Sections 31-002(c)(8). and Reporting Act (CANRA)

0100-510.21, Voluntary Placement

0100-570.05, Quality of Life in Out-of-Home Care

0400-504.00, Family Visitation Planning

0600-507.10, Foster Youth Reproductive Health and Pregnancy

Statutes

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) 31-530.1-.232 – Sets forth "Minor Parent Services" requirements and instructions for DPSS in coordination with DCFS.

 

Family Code (FC) 3030 – states that registered sex offenders or persons who have been convicted of murdering the child’s other parent, may not be granted custody of or unsupervised visits with a child and may not have a child placed in a home where they reside unless otherwise ordered by the court.

 

Family Code 7825 – allows the mother of a child conceived by rape to bring a proceeding against the father of the child to prevent him from having custody or control of the child.

 

Penal Code 261.5 – defines unlawful sexual intercourse as, "an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is a minor".  It states that any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is not more than three years older or three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanor.  Perpetrators who are more than three years older than the minor or perpetrators age 21 or older when the minor is under 16 years of age are guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony.

 

Penal Code 11165.1 – defines sexual assault and sexual exploitation of children.

 

Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 301(c) – requires a dependent teen parent to consult with her/his court appointed attorney prior to entering into a VFM/FR agreement with DCFS.

 

WIC 361.8 – States that a child of a minor parent or nonminor dependent parent must not be considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect solely on the basis of information concerning the parent's or parents' placement history, past behaviors, or health or mental health diagnoses occurring prior to the pregnancy, although that information may be taken into account when considering whether other factors exist that place the child at risk of abuse or neglect.

 

WIC 362.1 – States that when a teen parent in foster care has custody of his or her child and the child is not a dependent of the court then, visitation among the teen parent, the non-dependent child’s non-custodial parent, and appropriate family members is to be ordered by the court, unless the court finds clear and convincing evidence that visitation would be detrimental to the teen parent.

 

WIC 11254(a)(b) – "Minor Parent Rule", states the mandate and provides instruction to DPSS and DCFS regarding eligibility for and provision of AFDC to non-dependent pregnant and parenting teens and their non-dependent children.

 

WIC 11364 – provides that if a relative was a Whole Family Foster Home with a Shared Responsibility Plan prior to Kin GAP both the Whole Family Foster Home rate and the Shared Responsibility Plan rate may continue while they are a Kin GAP participant.

 

WIC 11400 defines Whole Family Foster Homes.

 

WIC 11465(d)(1) – increases the infant supplement rate for non-dependent babies of teen parents living together in Whole Family Foster Homes to equal the basic AFDC-FC and applies to relatives, NREFM’s, non-related legal guardians, KinGAP and FFA certified homes.

 

WIC 11465(d)(3) – allows Whole Family Foster Home caregivers to receive an additional $200 per month with an approved Shared Responsibility Plan.

 

WIC 11465(d)(5) – sets forth the requirements for a relative caregiver to continue to receive the Whole Family Foster Home payment rate after entering the Kin-GAP program.

 

WIC 16002.5 – sets forth the requirements for support, services and placement for the purpose of maintaining the continuity of families headed by teen parents in foster care.

 

WIC 16004.5 – states the need for development of placements that allow teen parents and their children to remain together; the need for aggregating data on the dependent teen birth rate and the number of teen parent family units in foster care and; development of an infant supplement rate structure that more adequately reimburses caregivers who meet specific criteria.

 

WIC 16501.25 – sets forth the requirements for a viable Shared Responsibility Plan.  Commencing January 1, 2012, "teen parent" also means a nonminor dependent, as defined in subdivision (v) of Section 11400, who is living in a whole family foster home, as defined in subdivision (t) of Section 11400, and is eligible for AFDC-FC or Kin-GAP payments pursuant to Section 11403.

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