This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on August 2, 2010. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.
DFPS may not release HIV or AIDS information unless there is a valid authorization voluntarily signed by the person who has HIV or AIDS, or a parent, guardian, or managing conservator of a child. See:
2226 Confidentiality When Working With Individuals With HIV
2226.1 Release of HIV Status
2226.2 The Court System
The section below is added to provide policy and procedures for the manual recoupment of foster care maintenance overpayments.
1545.3 Recoupment of Foster Care Maintenance Overpayment
1545.31 Manual Recoupment
1545.32 Manual Recoupment Process
1545.33 Notification to Providers of Recoupment that Exceeds 50% of Next Payment
1545.34 Extreme Hardship and Repayment Plans
• clarifies that staff must continue adoption activities during the 90 days following termination of parental rights; and
• revises policy to address when adoptive placements and consummations should occur in light of:
• the deadline for parents to file an appeal of the termination; and
• the rights of certain relatives to file a suit within 90 days of the termination of parental rights.
In addition, a sentence in CPSH 6832 was deleted that allows DFPS to extend foster care eligibility after Form 2226 Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed and until the adoption is consummated. Foster care eligibility must end after the Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed.
6831.1 Challenges of a Termination Order by Certain Relatives: 90-Day Period Following Termination
6832 Adoption by Foster Parents
6843 Completing the Placement
6852 Consummating the Adoption
The items below are revised to explain how to handle a report of abuse or neglect when the reporter has the same address as the family he or she is reporting. See:
2232.4 Contacting the Reporter Before Initiating the Investigation
2273.7 Notifying a Reporter When the Investigation Is Complete