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Appendix C

16.20* ICPC Parent/Guardian Expedited Placement Assessment Procedure for Parent/Guardian Placement Pursuant to the ICPC

The TN Department of Children’s Services Interstate Compact Office will accept a referral/request to conduct an expedited placement assessment on an identified TN resident who is a biological parent, or step-parent of a child in the custody of another state child welfare agency or under the jurisdiction of another state court pursuant to compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and ICPC Regulation #2 and #7 and Border Agreements.  

All ICPC Expedited Placement Assessments conducted by TN DCS Regional staff on a TN biological parent or step-parent of a child who is in the custody of another state child welfare agency or under the jurisdiction of another state court will be conducted in accordance to TN DCS Policy 16.20 Expedited Custodial Placements which has been minimally modified to respect the rights of a parent or step-parent for re-unification.  

TN DCS Policy 16.20 Expedited Custodial Placements has been modified to provide a uniform state-wide procedure for TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff to evaluate the TN resource, specifically a biological parent(s) or step-parent (s) and make a recommendation for placement and as appropriate, continued supervision or transfer/return of custody.  In addition, the procedure identifies TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff responsibility to assist the TN parent or step-parent or guardian resource to identify and access re-unification services available in their community and to provide limited supervision to facilitate permanency on behalf of the child and family.

All policy/procedure and practice prescribed in TN DCS Policy 16.20 is followed except as noted in the following modifications:   

Timeframes: ICPC Regulation #2 or Regulation #7 and Border Agreements Expedited Assessments conducted on the TN resource who is a parent(s), or step-parents will be completed within twenty (20) working days or less or pursuant to the terms of the Border Agreement as prescribed in the TN DCS ICPC Practice and Procedure Manual Section II, C, 4 or Appendix B.  

Training/Education: ICPC Regulation #2 or Regulation #7 and Border Agreements Expedited Assessments conducted on the TN resource who is a parent(s) or stepparent(s) will not require the parent or stepparent resource to complete PATH or Educational Components, i.e. CPR/First Aid or Medical Administration, etc.      

Training/Education: Completion of PATH training and/or Educational Components, i.e. CPR/First Aid or Medical Administration within one hundred twenty (120) days for a non-parent/caregiver in the home of the parent or stepparent may be recommended by TN DCS Region to the Sending State as part of the Expedited Summary.

Safety Risks:  Form CS-0544, Resource Home Placement Checklist must be reviewed and addressed.

Forms: TN DCS forms which are included in the 16.20 process and required to be completed which used terminology to identify the placement as a resource parent or relative resource are to be translated to mean parent or step-parent.  All responses recorded on that form are to reflect the parent or stepparent.

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 47

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