Certification Standards for Private Youth Care Agencies: Certificate of Approval
(1)Proctor parents are recruited, trained, paid and supported in their efforts by a Private Child-caring Agency and monitored by a Private Child-caring Agency’s professional staff. Proctor parents are co-certified by OYA and the Private Child-caring Agency.
(2)A Private Child-caring Agency must not place youth offenders in a proctor home without a current, valid youth offender proctor home certification issued by OYA.
(3)In addition to compliance with OAR chapter 416, division 530, Private Child-caring Agencies and their proctor homes must comply with the following provisions:
(a)Licensing standards of the Oregon Department of Human Services, or other agency recognized by the state of Oregon to issue a license for services.
(b)Contractual agreements between the Private Child-caring Agency and OYA.
(c)Intergovernmental agreements between OYA and other agencies, as applicable.
(d)Applicants must submit to OYA a signed release of confidential information allowing OYA to release to the Department of Human Services and the Child Care Agency information, including but not limited to, whether there is an ongoing investigation involving the applicant or member of the household, or a finding of substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect by the applicant or member of the household, related to a vulnerable person or youth offender.
(e)In order to ascertain and obtain compliance with the standards of OAR chapter 416, division 530, OYA may examine the records and files of the Private Child-caring Agency, inspect and observe the physical premises of the proctor home, and interview youth offenders, Private Child-caring Agency employees, proctor parents, and persons in the community.
(4)Private Child-caring Agencies may not employ or use employees or volunteers whose presence may jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of youth offenders. When making a determination about a person’s suitability to work with youth offenders, the Private Child-caring Agency must follow the provisions of OAR chapter 416, division 800 and all other information described in OAR chapter 416, division 530 to judge the person’s fitness to work with youth offenders.
(5)If the applicant meets the requirements of OAR chapter 416, division 530, OYA will issue a Youth Offender Foster Home Certificate to operate a proctor home under contract with a Private Child-caring Agency.
(a)This certificate will specify the type of care to be provided by the proctor parent, the address of the premises to which the certification applies, the name of the Private Child-caring Agency under which the certification is valid, and other information deemed necessary by OYA.
(b)Youth offender foster home certification will automatically terminate in these situations:
(A)Upon the closure of the Private Child-caring Agency;
(B)When the agreement between the Private Child-caring Agency and the proctor parent is terminated; or
(C)When the contract between OYA and the Private Child-caring Agency is terminated.
(c)The Private Child-caring Agency must immediately notify OYA in writing if either (A) or (B) above occurs.
(6)The Private Child-caring Agency is responsible for ensuring that the proctor home and proctor parents continue to meet the standards set out in these rules, and correct deficiencies when they are noted by OYA. OYA will determine final approval or disapproval of any exceptions to these rules.
(7)If a proctor home fails to comply with these rules, OYA may deny an application, place the home on inactive referral status, or suspend or revoke the youth offender proctor home certification, in accordance with the provisions of OAR 416-530-0090 (Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Youth Offender Foster Home Certification or Re-Certification; Inactive Referral Status). The proctor parent may appeal this decision in accordance with the provisions of OAR 416-530-0090 (Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Youth Offender Foster Home Certification or Re-Certification; Inactive Referral Status).
Rule 416-530-0125 — Certification Standards for Private Youth Care Agencies: Certificate of Approval,