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Unicoi, Johnson, Carter, Greene, Hawkins or Hancock) or  VA Judicial Districts 28, 29 or 30 (Counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell, Smyth, Washington, City of Bristol, Lee, Scott, Wise or City of Norton).  

2.

The Sending State agency case manager will call the appropriate child abuse hotline in the Receiving State to request a BA Kinship Safety Study.

3.

TN Central Intake 1-877-542-2873 or VA Hotline 1-800-552-7096

4.

The Hotline Responder will contact the appropriate local office/on call case manager in the receiving state within 45 minutes to relay information needed to initiate the BA Kinship Safety Study.

II. Response Requirements

A. Responding to BA Kinship Safety Study Request

1.

Within 30 minutes of notice by the Hotline Responder of the BA Kinship Safety Study request, the receiving state agency case manager will contact the appropriate sending state agency case manager by telephone and confirm receipt of the request and specify an estimated time for completion of the BA Kinship Safety Study.

2.

The sending state agency case manager will fax or electronically scan to the receiving state agency case manager pertinent documents which may be available and assistive to the BA Kinship Safety Study request including the BA Immediate Safety Plan.   

3.

Unless circumstances specify otherwise, the BA Kinship Safety Study is expected to be completed within three (3) hours of receipt of the request.

4.

The receiving state case manager will conduct the BA Kinship Safety Study of the identified “kin” caregiver(s) and the home environment using the receiving state’s applicable policy and procedures for such a placement.

5.

The BA Kinship Safety Study will consist of at a minimum, a narrative report which:

a.

Documents information regarding the kin caregiver(s) and their home environment;  

b.

Concludes with a determination regarding the appropriateness of the placement and impact on the safety, well being of the child;

c.

States reasons for approval or denial which includes any terms or conditions for the decision;   

d.

Includes appropriate authorizing signatures, and

e.

Attachments which include local background checks/verifications.  

B. Approval of BA Kinship Safety Study

1.

Approval of the BA Kinship Safety Study is the responsibility of the receiving state agency and must meet the receiving state agencies current policies and procedures.

2.

Upon completion and approval of the BA Kinship Safety Study, the receiving state agency case manager will communicate the decision to the sending state agency case manager by telephone.

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Approvals for the temporary placement of the non-custodial child with the kin caregiver are valid for a maximum of 72 hours or 3 days; however, if the ending date falls on a holiday or weekend, the approval may be extended to the next business day or maximum of 96 hours or 4 calendar days.

4.

Upon notice of approval of the BA Kinship Safety Study, the sending state agency case manager is responsible to secure agreement and signature of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) on the Border Agreement Non-Custodial Consent for Transportation   In

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 55

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