Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs

Rule Rule 413-080-0053
When a Child or Young Adult in Substitute Care Is Missing


(1)

When a caseworker receives information that a child or young adult in substitute care is missing, the caseworker must:

(a)

Make immediate efforts to locate the child or young adult;

(b)

Ensure law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are notified immediately and in no case later than 24 hours after receiving information on the missing child or young adult; and

(c)

As soon as practicable, ensure the court and legal parties to the case are notified, unless notification may jeopardize the safety of the child or young adult or interfere with an investigation.

(2)

When a child or young adult missing from substitute care is located, the caseworker must:

(a)

Determine and, to the extent possible, address the primary factors that contributed to the missing status of the child or young adult;

(b)

Determine the child or young adult’s experiences when missing;

(c)

Determine if the child or young adult is a sex trafficking victim or at risk of being a sex trafficking victim; and

(d)

Ensure the court and legal parties to the case are notified the child or young adult has been located.

(3)

Documentation.

(a)

When a child or young adult in substitute care is missing, the caseworker must document the following in the Department’s electronic information system:

(A)

Efforts made to locate the missing child or young adult; and

(B)

The notifications in subsection (b) of section (1) of this rule.

(b)

When a missing child or young adult is located, the caseworker must document the following in the Department’s electronic information system:

(A)

The determinations and notifications made in subsections (a) to (d) of section (2) of this rule; and

(B)

Any actions taken to address the primary factors that contributed to the missing status of the child or young adult.
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