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Alternative plans for the child’s safety if protective and rehabilitative services are indicated and the family is unable or unwilling to participate in services.

Family Team Meetings/Family Partnership Meetings- A meeting facilitated by a trained individual ( not the social worker for the child or family) that includes the parents, the child (if age appropriate), relatives , friends or relevant supports identified by the family, caregivers for the child, professionals involved with the family and relevant community partners for the purpose of  collaboratively developing ideas and establishes a decision making process for the child or family to use throughout the family’s involvement with the agency. The team will address safety, permanency and well-being for the child/children involved.  (Referred to as a Family Partnership Meeting (VA FPM) or Child and Family Team Meeting (TN CFTM)  

Hotline Responder/Central Intake- The individual in TN DCS North East Region or VA LDSS that  receives the initial request for a Border Agreement Kinship Safety Study from the sending state agency social worker/ case manager.  The individual is responsible to contact the receiving state case manager to initiate the study request.  

Interstate Compact On the Placement of Children (ICPC) -   An agreement legislatively enacted by 50 States, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands that establishes uniform procedures and ensures the protection of children under their jurisdiction who are placed across state lines for the purposes of foster care or preliminary to an adoption.

ICPC Regulation # 7 Priority Placement Expedited Study: – Under the terms described in the VA/TN Non-Custody Border Agreement, the execution of an ICPC Regulation #7 Priority Placement Referral which requests an expedited study on a relative in another state is based on the sending agency securing custody of the child, and therefore constitutes a termination of the BA Kinship Safety Placement.

Children in a BA Kinship Safety Placement made in accordance with the VA/TN Non-Custody Border Agreement may remain in the receiving state pending the completion and final determination made on an ICPC Regulation #7 Priority Request which has been issued within the prescribed timeframe, i.e. 20 business days.

Kin - A family or relative or a person who has a significant relationship with a child who has been:  

Identified by the custodial parents/guardians; and

May be a possible non-custodial placement home.

Parents/ Guardians(s) - The biological parents or legal guardians (custodian) of the child who has been determined to need a temporary placement.  

Receiving State - The state that conducts the Border Agreement Kinship Safety Study to allow temporary placement of a child in a non-custodial kin placement on an emergency basis without sending state assuming custody.

Sending State- The state which is responsible to conduct a CPS Investigation/Family Assessment and responsible to facilitate a temporary non-custodial kin placement for the child.

VA/TN Non-Custody Border Agreement- An agreement between TN DCS Northeast Region and VA LDSS in the VA Judicial Districts 28, 29 and 30 to assist each other during a Child Protective Service Investigation/Family Assessment with kin caregiver placements for children who temporarily need to be out of their parent’s /guardian’s home for safety reasons.

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 61

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