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June 15 th Subject: Child Welfare Supervisors Contact See pg. Purpose Releases Cancelled Dept. The purpose of this Administrative Directive ADM is to inform social services districts districts and voluntary authorized agencies agencies of Chapter of the Laws of Chapter which was signed into law on June 15 th, Chapter amends Social Services Law b by adding additional considerations to the requirement that social services districts file petitions to terminate parental rights TPR when a child has been in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months.
An exception to the requirement 2 OCFS-ADM June 15, to file a TPR may apply to some parents who are currently incarcerated or in a residential substance abuse treatment program or to parents whose past term of incarceration or participation in a residential substance abuse treatment program was a significant factor in the child s remaining in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months.
In such cases, before filing a T PR petition the agency must assess whether the parent maintains a meaningful role in the child s life and whether terminating the parent s rights is in the child s best interests. In assessing whether the parent maintains a meaningful role in the child s life, the agency must base its determination on evidence, including but not limited to the parent s communications with the child, the parent s communications with the district or foster care agency, and information regarding the parent s participation in services to assist him or her in complying with the service plan.
The district or agency should gather input from the parent, the child, the child s attorney, the parent s attorney, individuals of importance to the child s life and individuals providing services to the parent. If the district assesses that a parent maintains a meaningful role in the child s life, it must then determine whether the continued involvement of the parent in the child s life is in the child s best interests.
An exception to file for a TPR exists only if both these conditions are met.
Additionally, Chapter requires the court to take into account the particular barriers and challenges faced by a p arent who is or has been incarcerated or in a r esidential substance abuse treatment program during the child s placement in foster care when determining whether a child is permanently neglected.
The law requires districts and agencies to distribute information provided by OCFS to these parents, outlining their legal rights and obligations and providing information on s ocial and rehabilitative services available in the community to which they will return. Finally, Chapter requires the family s service plan to reflect the special challenges of a parent who is incarcerated, or in a residential substance abuse treatment program, and allows the district or agency to utilize available technology, such as video or teleconferencing, as a means for the parent to participate in reviews if it is impractical to hold such consultations in person.
Background Inthe federal Adoption and Safe Families Act ASFA was enacted to address the needs of children adrift in long-term foster care without achieving permanency. AFSA requires agencies to file a termination of parental rights TPR petition when a child has been in foster care 15 of the last 22 months, unless there is a compelling or other reason for not filing such a petition.
Chapter was enacted to address the situation of foster children with parents who are currently incarcerated or in residential substance abuse treatment and foster children with 2 3 OCFS-ADM June 15, parents whose past incarceration, or placement in residential substance abuse treatment, is a significant factor in why the child remained in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months.
This legislation provides a possible exception to the requirement to file a TPR against these parents and sets forth other provisions specific to these parents.
Program Implications Chapter applies to parents of foster children who are currently incarcerated or in residential substance abuse treatment programs. It may also apply to parents of foster children who in the past were incarcerated or in a residential substance abuse treatment program, but only if that past term of incarceration or time in a residential treatment played a significant factor in the child s presence in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months.
In some cases, parental incarceration or time in a residential substance abuse treatment program may form the basis of an exception to the requirement to file a TPR petition when a child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months. This must be determined on a case-by-case basis.
In order to determine whether an exception to the requirement to file a TPR is warranted, Chapter r equires that the agency or district assess whether the parent maintains a meaningful role in the life of a child and, if so, whether the continued involvement of the parent in the child s life is in the best interests of the child.
Chapter defines evidence of the parent s meaningful role in the life of the child to include, but not be limited, to the following: The agency is required to gather information from the parent, the child and others providing services to the parent for the purpose of complying with the service plan and repairing, maintaining, or building the parent-child relationship.
This includes correctional, mental health and substance abuse treatment program personnel, the child s attorney and the parent s attorney. When determining whether the parent s continued involvement in the child s life is in the best interests of the child, districts and agencies are encouraged to consider the following: During the child s placement, agency and district caseworkers are to make suitable arrangements with a co rrectional facility, or a residential substance abuse treatment program, for the parent to visit with the child within the facility or program unless such visiting would be harmful to the child.
The initial family service plan and the ensuing Service Plan Reviews SPRs must be done in consultation with the incarcerated parent, or parent in a r esidential substance abuse treatment program, unless such consultation is deemed harmful to the child.
If it is impractical to hold such consultation in person as a result of incarceration, or placement in a residential substance abuse treatment program, such consultation may be done utilizing available videoconferencing or teleconferencing technology.
In addition, social services districts and agencies must provide information developed by the Office of Children and Family Services to these parents outlining their legal rights and obligations. Social services districts and agencies must also provide parents with a list including, but not limited to, social or rehabilitative services available in the community, including family visiting services to aid in the development of a meaningful relationship between the parent and child.
When possible, such information should include transitional and family support services in the community to which an incarcerated parent, or parent in a r esidential substance abuse treatment program will return.
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