Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs

Rule Rule 413-080-0050
Definitions


Unless the context indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply to OAR chapter 413, division 080:

(1)

“Abuse” means as defined in OAR 413-015-0115 (Definitions)(1).

(2)

“Certified family” means an individual or individuals who hold a current Certificate of Approval from the Department to operate a home to provide care, in the home in which they reside, to a child or young adult in the care or custody of the Department.

(3)

“Child” means a person who:
(a) Is under 18 years of age; or

(b)

Is under 21 years of age and residing in or receiving care or services at a child-caring agency or proctor foster home.

(4)

“Child-caring agency” means a “child-caring agency” that is not owned, operated, or administered by a governmental agency or unit. (See ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998))

(5)

“Conditions for return” means a written statement of the specific behaviors, conditions, or circumstances that must exist within a child’s home before a child can safely return and remain in the home with an in-home initial safety plan or in-home ongoing safety plan.

(6)

“Contact” means any communication between Child Welfare staff and a child, young adult, parent or guardian, foster parent or relative caregiver, provider, or other individual involved in a Child Welfare safety plan or case. “Contact” includes, but is not limited to, communication in person, by telephone, by video-conferencing, or in writing. “Contact” may occur, for instance, during a face-to-face visit; a treatment review meeting for a child, young adult, parent, or guardian; a court or Citizen Review Board hearing; or a family meeting.

(7)

“Department” means the Oregon Department of Human Services.

(8)

“Face-to-face” means an in-person interaction between individuals.

(9)

“Foster parent” means a person who operates a home that has been approved by the Department to provide care for an unrelated child or young adult placed in the home by the Department.

(10)

“Guardian” means an individual who has been granted guardianship of a child or young adult through a judgment of the court.

(11)

“ICPC” means the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (see ORS 417.200 (Interstate Compact on Placement of Children)).

(12)

“Impending danger safety threat” means a family behavior, condition, or circumstance that meets all five safety threshold criteria. When it is occurring, this type of threat is not immediate, obvious, or occurring at the onset of the CPS intervention. This threat is identified and understood more fully by evaluating and understanding individual and family functioning.

(13)

“Indian child” means any unmarried person who is under age 18 and either:

(a)

Is a member or citizen of an Indian tribe; or

(b)

Is eligible for membership or citizenship in an Indian tribe and is the biological child of a member or citizen of an Indian tribe.

(14)

“Initial safety plan” means a documented set of actions or interventions sufficient to protect a child or, if applicable, a young adult from an impending danger safety threat in order to allow for completion of the CPS assessment.

(15)

“Monthly face-to-face contact” means in-person interaction between individuals at least once each and every full calendar month.

(16)

“Ongoing safety plan” means a documented set of actions or interventions that manage the safety of a child or, when applicable, a young adult after the Department has identified one or more impending danger safety threats at the conclusion of a CPS assessment or anytime during ongoing work with a family.

(17)

“Plan of care” means a written plan for a substance affected infant and the infant’s family, focused on meeting health needs and substance disorder treatment needs and developed in collaboration with the family, the healthcare provider, community agencies and child welfare when appropriate.

(18)

“Parent” means the biological or adoptive mother or the legal father of the child. A legal father is a man who has adopted the child or whose paternity has been established or declared under ORS 109.070 (Presumption of parentage), ORS 416.400 to 416.465, or by a juvenile court. In cases involving an Indian child under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), parent means any biological parent of an Indian child, or any Indian who has lawfully adopted an Indian child, including adoptions under tribal law or custom. It does not include an unwed biological father where paternity has not been acknowledged or established. “Parent” also includes a putative father who has demonstrated a direct and significant commitment to the child by assuming or attempting to assume responsibilities normally associated with parenthood, unless a court finds that the putative father is not the legal father.

(19)

“Present danger safety threat” means an immediate, significant, and clearly observable family behavior, condition or circumstance occurring in the present tense, already endangering or threatening to endanger a child or, when applicable, a young adult. The family behavior, condition, or circumstance is happening now and it is currently in the process of actively placing a child or, when applicable, a young adult in peril.

(20)

“Proctor foster home” means a foster home certified by a child-caring agency that is not subject to ORS 418.625 (Definitions for ORS 418.625 to 418.645) to 418.470 (Authority to pay for shelter-care homes).

(21)

“Protective action plan” means an immediate, same day, short-term plan, lasting a maximum of 10 calendar days, sufficient to protect from a present danger safety threat.

(22)

“Protective capacity” means behavioral, cognitive, and emotional characteristics that can specifically and directly be associated with a person’s ability and willingness to care for and keep a child or, when applicable, a young adult safe.

(23)

“Provider” means an employee of a child-caring agency approved to provide care for a child or young adult or a proctor foster parent.

(24)

“Relative caregiver” means a person who operates a home that has been approved by the Department to provide care for a related child or young adult who is placed in the home by the Department.

(25)

“Safety service provider” means a participant in a protective action plan, initial safety plan, or ongoing safety plan whose actions, assistance, or supervision help a family in managing safety.

(26)

“Safety services” means the actions, assistance, and supervision provided by safety service providers to manage the identified present danger safety threats or impending danger safety threats.

(27)

“Screener” means a Department employee with training required to provide screening services.

(28)

“Sex trafficking” means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of a commercial sex act or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person over the age of 18 using force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of a commercial sex act.

(29)

“Social service assistant” means a Department employee with training required to provide services to assist a caseworker on an open case.

(30)

“Substance affected infant” means an infant, regardless of whether abuse is suspected, for whom prenatal substance exposure is indicated at birth and subsequent assessment by a health care provider identifies signs of substance withdrawal, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, or detectable physical, developmental, cognitive, or emotional delay or harm that is associated with prenatal substance exposure. Prenatal substance exposure is determined by a positive toxicology screen from the infant or the mother at delivery or credible information the mother had an active untreated substance use disorder, during the pregnancy or at the time of birth.

(31)

“Substitute care” means the out-of-home placement of a child or young adult who is in the legal or physical custody and care of the Department.

(32)

“Young adult” means a person aged 18 through 20 years.
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