43091. Court Report

  1. When a child is in out-of-home care, the caseworker must complete or update the report to the court in the following timeframes.
    1. The first report to the court is due no later than 10 working days before the dependency Disposition hearing or by the 60th day of the placement episode of a child (whichever date occurs first). The second report to the court is due by the 180th day of placement, and periodically thereafter at six month intervals.
    2. If the report to the court is completed earlier than required, the next report to the court is due no later than six months from the date of the last one completed.
    3. The report to the court shall include screening results and case plans to address the child/youth's multiple needs.
  2. The report to the court must be submitted in the following situations:
    1. For all court disposition, permanency planning, and review hearings.
    2. To obtain approval to place a child in Behavior Rehabilitation Services, formerly called group care.
    3. For Shared Planning and administrative reviews.
    4. For citizen reviews.
    5. For tribal or Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee (LICWAC) staffing, as appropriate and as defined in Indian Child Welfare (ICW) policies and procedures.
  3. The report to the court must be developed after consulting, in person if possible, with the parents of the child, and, if developmentally appropriate, with the child. Following completion of the case plan, the caseworker's supervisor must approve and sign each report to the court. The caseworker must provide a copy of the report to the court to the parent(s) if the parent(s) whereabouts are known.
  4. The child's report to the court contains information that is important for the child's caregiver to know so that the caregiver can provide appropriate care to the child. The child's report to the court must be shared with the child's foster parent, relative caregiver, or pre-adoptive parent(s).
  5. Document in the Court Report for an incarcerated parent the following:
    1. How the parent participated in case planning
    2. What treatment services and resources are available in the facility that meet the parent's individual needs
    3. Visitation schedule or reasons why visitation is not appropriate with the incarcerated parent
  6. The child's caregiver must preserve the confidentiality of information contained in the child's court report. A caseworker who becomes aware of a breach of confidentiality must discuss this with the caregiver, the caseworker's supervisor, and the licenser. The caseworker and supervisor may decide to use another strategy to provide the caregiver with all information pertinent to providing appropriate care for the child. The caseworker must document the alternate strategy for sharing information in the child's electronic record.

Effective Date    Initial:     Revised: 10/20/2013 Approved by: Jennifer Strus, Asst. Secretary