This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on October 3, 2011. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.
Mediated Agreements and Agreeing to PMC Without Termination of Parental Rights
The items below are added or revised to provide policy on:
• conducting mediated agreements; and
• establishing guidelines for placing a child in DFPS conservatorship without terminating parental rights.
5432 Negotiating a Final Order for Conservatorship
5432.1 Using Mediation to Resolve Conservatorship Disputes
5432.11 Requirements for Mediation
5432.12 Types of Mediation
5432.13 Who Must Attend Mediation (Formal and Informal)
5432.21 Actions Prohibited When Negotiating for Conservatorship
6230 Recommending a Conservatorship Option That Supports the Permanency Goal
Follow Up Action Plan Documentation Requirement
The items below are revised to clearly direct investigative staff to document the follow-up action plan developed at times when contact is not made within priority time frames. This policy revision provides provide consistency in case reading required by Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) and the Quality Assurance program in state office. See:
2232.7 Follow-Up When Contact Is Not Made Within Priority Time Frames