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C.

Study:  

“The appropriate authorities in a state where a child is to be placed may have full opportunity to ascertain the circumstances of the proposed placement, thereby promoting full compliance with applicable requirement for the protection of the child.”

1.

All studies or assessment reports or licensing credentials on potential placement resources in TN pursuant to placement of a child under the ICPC including parents, relatives, foster and adoptive resources, licensed child-caring agencies or residential treatment facilities, will be conducted by TN DCS Regional staff in accordance to applicable federal and Tennessee statute, policy and licensing standards, meeting timelines and contacts as prescribed.

2.

TN DCS Regional staff assigned responsibility to conduct studies or assessments on TN resources (parent or step-parent, relatives or non-relatives) for custodial children are will follow TN DCS policies and procedures and protocols as listed below:

16.4 Resource Home Approval;

16.8 Responsibilities of Resource Homes;

16.11 Shared Resource Homes;

16.20 Expedited Custodial Placements;

Resource Home Eligibility Team (RHET) and

Departmental Resource Home Eligibility Team (DRHET) Protocols.    

3.

All studies or assessment reports on potential placement resources in TN pursuant to the ICPC which are assigned to TN DCS Regional staff  or their contract agencies or an authorized public or private agency pursuant to Article V (b) or a Purchase of Services agreement issued by the Sending State are to be completed within the following timelines which are projected from TFACTS  Intake Services Start Date:

a)

ICPC Expedited Custodial Assessment       Parent/Reunification Study

20 working days or less

b)

ICPC Reg. #7 Priority Study (Parent)

20 working days or less

c)

ICPC Reg. #7 Priority (Relative)

20 working days or less

d)

Relative Study per TN DCS policy 16.20

30 calendar days or less

e)

Relative to  F/A Compliance per TN DCS policy 16.20

30-180 calendar days or less

f)

Foster/Adoptive Study  per TN DCS policy 16.4

60-180 calendar days or less

g)

Foster/Adoptive Study Re-assessment  (Biennial) per TN DCS policy 16.8

90 calendar days

h)

Up-date

30 calendar days or less

i)

Border Agreements

As prescribed

4.

Within seven (7) working days of the assignment date as documented in the TFACTS, the assigned TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff or designated study preparer will contact the identified placement resource.  The TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff or designated study

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 32

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