The TN DCS Regional staff are responsible to utilize TN DCS policy to support the placement of a child with a TN resource pursuant to an ICPC request. Through supervisory contacts and periodic re-assessment and engagement, the TN DCS Regional staff is responsible to identify areas of stability and/or instability or incompleteness or need for improvement for the child and the approved resource to achieve the desire permanency and report accordingly with the Sending State.
The TN DCS Regional FSW will be responsible to propose a recommendation for resolution of any instability etc., in the progress report, which would allow the child to remain in the placement.
The TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff will be responsible to propose recommendation for resolution of any instability, concerns regarding the TN DCS Resource home in the Resource Home Record.
The TN DCS Regional staff will collaborate with each other when issues may arise which impact the child’s safety or well-being to remain in the placement and which may impact the status of approval of the Resource Home.
If a disruption appears to be imminent, the TN DCS Regional FSW has primary responsibility to notify the Sending State case manager and the TN ICPC Administrator directly that a disruption may occur. The TN DCS Regional FSW must initiate a disruption CFTM to include the sending state and custodial representative and child as appropriate via the telephone. A written statement of the circumstances which lead to the disruption meeting along with the team’s proposed resolution will be directed to the TN ICPC Administrator within twenty-four (24) hours of the CFTM. This report must advise whether the child will be removed from the approved placement, identify where the child is located if removed, and identify the action that TN DCS would recommend the Sending State to take to secure the child’s safety and well-being and to reduce any further trauma.
Upon notice of a disruption, the TN ICPC Administrator will forward the notice and any other information by scan/e-mail to the Sending State ICPC office and request coordination between their office and the local office.
If the placement becomes contrary to the interest of the child based on action of the placement resource, the TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff and FSW have duel responsibility to notify the Sending State case manager and the TN ICPC Administrator directly. A disruption of the placement of a child, whether placement was initiated through ICPC or not, due to closure of the TN DCS Resource Home must be in collaboration between TN and the Sending State. The TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff and the FSW must initiate a disruption CFTM to include the sending state and custodial representatives, the placement resource and the child as appropriate. TN DCS Policy regarding closure of a TN DCS Resource Home must be taken into account including any due process available to the Resource parents. A written statement of the circumstances which lead to the disruption along with the teams proposed resolution will be directed to the TN ICPC Administrator within twenty-four (24) hours of the CFTM. The most critical course of action will be for the child to return to the jurisdiction of the Sending State and the ICPC record closed. Again, every effort must address the safety and well being of the child and reduction of trauma.
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual
Revised: January, 2012 Page 41