One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph. For this reason, all children are photographed using the Mindshare Mobile application then uploaded into FSFN.
F.A.C. 65C-30.004 details who must be photographed and when as follows:
· All children under in-home supervision within 15 days after the ESI staffing.
· All children placed in out-of-home care within 72 hours of a removal episode.
· Immediately upon return to care, any child who has been on runaway status.
· All children and sibling groups available for adoption who are required to be registered on the Adoption Exchange System.
Photographs must be taken monthly using the Mindshare Mobile application. Mindshare will also capture GPS coordinates and a date/time stamp of where and when the photo was taken.
If the parent or caregiver refuses to allow access to the child for purpose of obtaining photographs, diligent efforts to obtain the photograph are documented in FSFN and Children’s Legal Services is contacted to request a Court Order to obtain the photographs.
If the child is to be placed out-of-state a photo is taken prior to the child’s placement and a copy must be provided to the receiving state. The Case Manager requests updated photographs to be provided by the ICPC worker, caregivers or courtesy workers at a minimum of every 6 months for children under age 5 and annually for children age 5 and older.
The individual child photograph should be a recent, head-and-shoulders photograph of the child in which the face is clearly seen. It should be of "school-portrait" quality, and the background should be plain or solid so it does not distract from the subject.
The photograph should be an accurate depiction of the child, not overly posed or "glamorized." Nor should other people, animals, or objects be in the photograph.
The Primary Case Manager ensures the photograph is taken and properly uploaded into FSFN within 48 hours of when it was taken