Current Caretaker or Relative Caregiver Request for an Adoption Home Study
(1)When a current caretaker or relative caregiver requests a home study to be considered as a potential adoptive resource for a child or sibling group that are under consideration for adoption, prior to the completion of the adoption home study, the Department shall:
(a)Convene a staffing that includes:
(b)Notify and invite the following individuals to the staffing:
(A)The attorney of the child or young adult;
(B)The CASA of the child or young adult;
(C)A representative of the child’s tribe, if the caseworker knows or there is reason to know the child is an Indian child pursuant to OAR 413-115-0060 (Active Efforts);
(D)A member of the RCWAC, if the child or young adult is a refugee child; and
(E)Any other individual who a caseworker, in consultation with a supervisor, believes may provide valuable input regarding the child and the ability of the current caretaker or relative caregiver to meet the current and lifelong needs of the child or sibling group under consideration for adoption.
(2)Participants of the staffing must consider the following:
(a)The safety, attachment, and well-being needs of the child or sibling group under consideration for adoption and how well the current caretaker or relative caregiver has met those needs;
(b)The history of the current caretaker or relative caregiver in meeting the standards of certification pursuant to OAR 413-200-0301 (Purpose and Applicability of Certification Standards) to 413-200-0396 (Requirements Regarding Contested Case Hearings);
(c)Any child abuse or neglect reports made to the Department that were assigned for assessment, closed at screening, or documented in the Department’s electronic information system;
(d)Recommendations for continued contact with birth parents, birth family, or other significant persons for the child or sibling group under consideration for adoption; and
(e)Any other information pertinent to the evaluation of the ability of the current caretaker or relative caregiver to meet the lifelong safety, attachment, and well-being needs of the child or sibling group under consideration.
(3)The Department certifier for the family must document in a case note in the provider’s file any specific information the staffing participants determine must be explored in the adoption home study for the current caretaker or relative caregiver.
Rule 413-120-0735 — Current Caretaker or Relative Caregiver Request for an Adoption Home Study,