Once a potential Relative/Non-Relative Caregiver (RCG/NRCG) has been identified as a possible placement option for the child, the following is to be completed by the Case Manager:
Step 1 Background Check - The Case Manager will provide the RCG/NRCG with the telephone number to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted. Fingerprints are mandatory for all placements. All household members and frequent visitors of a RCG/NRCG placement age 18 years or older are required to be fingerprinted. Abuse Hotline and local and state criminal and juvenile records checks for all household members/frequent visitors 12 years or older in the caregiver’s home. Fingerprints are obtained at the Safe Children Coalition by the Background Screening Unit (BSU).
Step 2 Review Results of Background Check - If the local, state, or federal criminal history check reveals any of the felony convictions described in 39.0138, F.S. (Child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; domestic violence; child pornography or other felony in which a child was a victim of the offense; or homicide, sexual battery or other felony involving violence, other than felony assault or felony battery when an adult was the victim of the assault or battery. The department may not place a child with a person other than a parent if the criminal history records check reveals that the person has, within the previous 5 years, been convicted of a felony that falls within any of the following categories: Assault; Battery; or A Drug-Related Offense.), the placement is disqualified and a child cannot be placed into that caregivers’ home. In some cases, the court can overrule a disqualification.
Step 3 Conduct the Home Study - The Case Manager will schedule a date and time to complete the Home Study with the potential caregiver in their home. The Home Study assessment requires interviews with caregivers to assess their ongoing commitment/ability to care for the child on a long term basis, record checks on all household members and frequent visitors 12 years of age or older, an assessment of the financial security of the proposed legal custodians, assessment of the caregivers’ ability and willingness to protect the child when the perpetrator access is possible, information that is thorough and supports that the child’s safety and well-being have been adequately addressed. Also included in the Home Study assessment are the child’s feelings regarding the placement (if age appropriate), physical inspection & description of the home, degree of relation (relative or non-relative), attachment to the child, capacity to parent, family members attitude about placement, willingness to work with the agency, and if they desire to participate in Relative/Non-Relative Caregiver Program.
Step 4 Request that the Caregiver be Created as a Provider in FSFN - The Case Manager will need to request an Out-of-Home FSFN Provider via SCC Portal. Request is to include all of the demographic information of the RCG/NRCG(s) including martial status, first and last name, gender, race, ethnicity, date of birth, social security number, address and telephone number. Data services will search for the provider in FSFN and if not found will create the provider in FSFN and assign the provider to the Case Manager. The Case Manager will be able to view the provider under the “Providers” expando on their FSFN desk top.
Step 5 Enter the Home Study into the FSFN Unified Home Study and Send to be approved by Court - Once the home study is approved by the Case Manager and the Case Manager Supervisor, the Home Study is to be entered into FSFN, signed, then filed with the Court. A copy of the court approved Home Study with the completed signature page is to be given to the records room for scanning into the ASK file.
Step 6 Move the Child to the New Placement - When the court approves the placement Home Study, the Case Manager is to complete an edit request for placement change in SCC Portal within 24 hours of the placement change occurring.