PA-KC 13 - Worker Contact and Monitoring
Kinship care workers visit regularly with children, families, and kinship caregivers to develop positive relationships, and continuously monitor progress towards achievement of service and permanency goals and the safety and well-being of children in care.
NA The agency only provides informal kinship care services.
The kinship care worker meets separately with the child and the parents at least once a month to:
Interpretation: Therapeutic kinship care providers visit with the child at least twice a month.
Interpretation: Visits may occur more frequently when such a need is indicated in the service plan or as a result of changing needs. Visits may be reduced once a permanent, planned living arrangement is finalized, unless the needs of the child or caregiver require more frequent contact.
The kinship care worker communicates regularly with the caregiver and visits the home at least once a month to:
Update: Revised Second Interpretation - 12/01/10
PA-KC 13.02 Original Second Interpretation:
Therapeutic kinship care providers visit with caregivers at least twice a month.
Interpretation: The first visit with the kinship caregivers should occur within the first 2 weeks of placement.
Interpretation: Kinship care workers should visit therapeutic kinship homes at least twice per month.
Therapeutic kinship caregivers receive support through:
Interpretation: Additional personnel should be available during critical or stressful periods, such as the time from the end of the school day until bedtime.
NA The agency does not provide specialized therapeutic kinship care services.
Current information about the child’s placement is available to authorized personnel at all times.
Interpretation: When a child moves, information about the new location and placement is entered in the case record within 24 hours.
Interpretation: When the case involves an Indian child, current information about the child's placement should be made available to tribal representatives.
The agency implements practices and protocols to prevent and respond to missing children and allegations of maltreatment in the kinship home.
Interpretation: Missing children include children who run away, are abducted, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Protocols for preventing and responding to missing children and allegations of maltreatment should be developed in collaboration with law enforcement, public agencies, tribal governments, and community organizations.