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DCS Policy 16.7 Resource Family Recruitment and Retention, 16.16 Denial or Closure of Resource Homes, and Protocol for Resolution of Disagreements and/or Conflicts between Resource Parents and DCS as appropriate.  

Note:  A study which results in the denial of placement of the specific child due to the characteristics of that child in the relative resource home does not automatically designate that the placement resource is not approvable as a TN DCS Regional Resource Home and does not automatically close the TN DCS Regional Resource Home for consideration for placement under the Region’s Unified Placement Plan in TFACTS.  

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If the study or report concludes that the parent or relative resource has met all of the requirements under TN DCS Policy 16.20 Expedited Custodial Placements as an expedited resource only pending further training/ fingerprint checks etc. and supports the placement of the specific identified child in the ICPC referral, the narrative must conclude with:

Confirmation that the resource is appropriate for the specific child or children as an expedited placement only;

Any placement is considered “at-risk” as the resource has not met full policy requirement as a TN DCS foster/adoptive resource; and

As such, does not meet requirements for IV-E federal financial reimbursement until those qualifications are met.  The study narrative must also contain action steps and projected time frames needed to complete all requirements under TN DCS policy 16.4 Resource Home Approval.

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If the study or report concludes that the relative resource has met all requirements under  TN DCS Policy 16.4 and supports the placement of the specific child identified in the ICPC referral, the narrative must conclude with confirmation:

The resource is an approved foster/adoptive resource for the State of TN;

The resource is approvable for “x” number of children, ages (range) with certain characteristics;

Currently is certified as meeting the requirements for IV-E Federal Financial reimbursement, and

A statement of recommendation for the placement of the specific child identified in the ICPC referral.  

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All recommendations/ conclusions which result from a study or report are to be addressed with the placement resource by the TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff including whether the resource home is approvable as a TN DCS Foster/Adoptive resource and the decision regarding placement of the specific child.  In addition, the resource will be notified as to whether they are IV-E certified and also, their right to a supervisory review or appeal pursuant to TN DCS Policy 16.16 Denial or Closure of Resource Homes or equivalent licensing standards.

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 The TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff is responsible to establish the TN DCS Regional Resource Home into the TFACTS.

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 The TN DCS PSD/RPS staff or authorizing TN DCS Regional personnel will mail or scan/ e-mail one completed study including all signatures and required documents and with verifications of entry in the current children welfare system  to the TN DCS State ICPC office to the TN ICPC Administrator/Alternate

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 35

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