FSD Policies

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Mission and Outcomes  

Policy 11:  Mission, Values  and Guiding Principles


Policy 21:  Developing and Reviewing Policy and Practice Guidance

Case Records  

Policy 41:  Case Notes
Policy 42:  Random Moment Time Study

Child Safety Interventions

Policy 50:  Child Abuse and Neglect Definitions
Policy 51:  Screening Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
Policy 52:  Child Safety Interventions – Investigations and Assessments
Policy 53:  Investigating Reports of Inadequate Health Care of Infants with Disabilities
Policy 54:  Investigating Reports of Child Abuse or Neglect in Regulated Facilities
Policy 55:  Unaccepted Reports on Open Cases
Policy 56:  Substantiating Child Abuse and Neglect
Policy 57:  Risk of Harm-Sexual Abuse Investigations
Policy 59:  Child Protection Teams
Policy 60:  Juvenile Proceedings Act – CHINS (C) and (D) Assessments 
Policy 61:  Responding to Domestic Violence in Child Safety Interventions
Policy 63:  Investigating Reports of Methamphetamine Manufacturing and Caretaker Methamphetamine Abuse
Policy 64:  Baby Safe Havens
Policy 65:  Substance Use Disorder Screening & Drug Testing for Caretakers
Policy 66:  Interviewing Children in Custody
Policy 67:  Child Fatality and Near Fatality Public Disclosure
Policy 68:  Serious Physical Injury – Investigation and Case Planning

Working with Families  

Policy 69:  Family Support Cases –  Case Planning, Reassessment, Case Plan Updates, and Closure
Policy 70:  Frequency and Quality of Social Worker Visits
Policy 72:  Educational Achievement and Stability for Children and Youth in DCF Custody
                        FS-72a: Educational Stability Agreement Form
                        FS-72b: Educational Stability Best Interest Determination (BID) Form
Policy 73:  Protective Services Child Care
Policy 74:  Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Custody
Policy 75:  Normalcy and the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS)
Policy 76:  Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Children and Youth

Working with Families in Court  

Policy 80:  Working with Families in Court – Definitions
Policy 81:  Voluntary Care
Policy 82:  Juvenile Court Proceedings – CHINS
Policy 83:  Juvenile Court Proceedings – Delinquency
Policy 84:  Conditional Custody Orders (CCOs)
Policy 85:  Minor Guardianships Through the Probate Court 
Policy 88:  Establishing Parentage Through Genetic Testing
Policy 89: Locating and Evaluating Suitability of Noncustodial Parents, Relatives and Others

Placing Children and Youth  

Policy 90:  Placing Children and Youth: Definitions
Policy 91:  Kinship Care
Policy 92:  Sharing Resource Families Cross Jurisdictionally
Policy 93:  Kinship, Foster, and Pre-Adoptive Parent Training
Policy 94:  Resource Family Care
Policy 95:  Respite Care
Policy 97:  Case Review Committee Referrals
Policy 98:  Reunification of Abused or Neglected Children and Youth

Eligibility Determination  

Policy 111:  Title IV-E: Determining Eligibility

Planning with Children and Families

Policy 121:  Notification of Changes for Children and Youth in DCF Custody
Policy 122:  Case Plan Reviews and Permanency Hearings for Children and  Youth in Custody
Policy 123:  Reviewing Case Plan Decisions
Policy 124:  Family Time
Policy 125:  Permanency Planning for Children and Youth in DCF Custody

Special Casework Issues

Policy 133:  Death of a Child Served by the Division
Policy 134:  Serving Families Affected by HIV
Policy 135:  Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Practice Framework
Policy 136:  Body Modification Requests by Youth
Policy 137:  Anti-Psychotic Medications For Children in The Care of DCF
Policy 138:  Credit Checks for Youth 14 and Older in DCF Custody
Policy 140:  Standby and Call-In

Coordinating with Others

Policy 150:  Transportation of Youth in DCF Custody
Policy 153:  Sheriff's Transportation
Policy 155:  Runaway, Abducted and Missing Children & Youth
Policy 156:  Collaboration with Corrections Staff
Policy 157: Records and Information Sharing

Working with Adolescents and Justice-Involved Youth

Policy 160: Supporting Adolescents in DCF Custody (Interim)
Policy 161: Youth Assessment and Screening Instument (YASI)
Policy 162:  Youth Justice and Juvenile Probation
Policy 163:  Notifying Victims of Juvenile Delinquency (Interim)
Policy 164:  Youthful Offender Status
Policy 165:  Sealing of Juvenile Records
Policy 166:  Woodside Admission Procedures-Searches
Policy 171:  Woodside  Admissions
Policy 171A:  Woodside - Certification of Treatment Need
Policy 172:  Woodside Short-Term Status/Program – Protecting Due Process Rights
Policy 173:  Woodside Long-Term Status/Program
Policy 174:  Woodside: Population Management
Policy 175:  Drug Testing Youth
Policy 177:  Woodside Use of Force
Policy 178:  Separation of Victims and Perpetrators at Woodside Juvenile  Rehabilitation Center

Interstate Compacts

Policy 180:  Interstate Placements: Definitions
Policy 181:  Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Policy 182:  Interstate Compact on Juveniles

Adoption and Guardianship Services

Policy 192:  Disclosure of Information Before Adoption Finalization
Policy 193:  Adoption Subsidy
Policy 194:  Release of Information by the Adoption Registry
Policy 195:  Guardianship Assistance Program
Policy 196:  Post-Adoption Contact Agreements

Supervision and Training

Policy 201:  Supervision of Social Work Staff & Social Work Supervisors

Transferring Cases

Policy 211:  Transfers Between Districts

Residential Licensing and Special Investigations

Policy 220: Residential Licensing: Definitions 
Policy 221:  Licensing and Review of Foster Family Homes
Policy 222:  Background Checks: Family Foster Care, Kinship Care  and Adoption
Policy 223:  Family Foster Care: Exceeding License Capacity
Policy 224:  Child Care by Resource Families
Policy 225:  Fire Safety in Foster Homes
Policy 231:  Licensing Child Placing Agencies
Policy 233:  Variances for Agency Approved Foster Homes
Policy 241:  Licensing Residential Treatment Programs and Regulatory Interventions

Staff Safety, Well-Being and Resiliency

Policy 250:  Staff Safety
Policy 251:  HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel) Team

Administrative Issues

Policy 262:  Conflict of Interest
Policy 264:  Responding to Incidents
Policy 265:  Complaints
Policy 266:  Imprest Cash
Policy 267:  Vendor Authorizations
Policy 268:  Foster Parent Reimbursement
Policy 269:  Second Hand Smoke 

Federal Assurances

Policy 300:  Title IV-E Program
Policy 301: Civil Rights Methods of Administration
Policy 305:  Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Data Collection, Review, and Reporting 


Appendix 1:  Summary of Requirements for Legal Documents/Reports
Appendix 2:  Format for Investigative Report: Child Protective Services And  Unmanageable Youth
Appendix 3:  Track Assignment Guidance
Appendix 5:  Filing Order (6 part): Child Protective Services and Juvenile Services
Appendix 5b:  Filing Order (8 part): Child Protective Services and Juvenile Services
Appendix 6:  Format for Adoption Finalization Report
Appendix 7a:  Chapter 49 - Child Welfare Services
Appendix 7b:  Chapter 51-General Provisions
Appendix 7c:  Chapter 52 - Delinquency Proceedings
Appendix 7d:  Chapter 53 - Children in Need of Care or Supervision
Appendix 9:  The UNCOPE
Appendix 10:  Protocol for Conducting Child Abuse Investigations When Domestic Violence and Child Abuse/Neglect Co-occur
Appendix 11:  Response to Critical Incidents
Appendix 12:  Response to Staff Safety Incidents
Appendix 165a:  Sealed Record Objection (Form)
Appendix 165b:  Motion to Unseal a Sealed Record (Form)
Appendix FS 300:  Consent to Release Results of Client Drug Testing (Form)

Act 60 (formerly S.9) resulted in some changes to the work of FSD, including changes to mandated reporting procedures and some child abuse and neglect definitions. Wherever current policies or rules are in conflict with Act 60, Act 60 controls. FSD is updating its policies and proposing revised regulations to incorporate the provisions of this new law.

Family Services Division (FSD)

Deputy Commissioner Karen Shea
DCF - Family Services Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT - 05671-1030
Phone:(802) 241-2131


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