5650. Considerations & Notification for Placement Moves

Purpose  

Children's Administration supports early concurrent planning and the permanent placement of children by minimizing placements moves for children in out of home care, partnering with caregivers to support timely permanency and shared decision making.

Laws

RCW 74.13.300

RCW 74.14A.020

Policy

  1. CA staff must minimize placement moves for children in out of home care. When determining if a child should be moved, CA staff must consider the safety of the child, the child's permanent plan and the child's best interest.
  2. Caregivers must be notified when the decision is made to move a child. Notification must be at least five (5) days prior to moving a child. When a child must move prior to the five (5) day notice, notice must be given to the caregiver as soon as possible.

Procedures

NOTE: When a child must move prior to the five (5) day written notice, notice must be given to the family as soon as possible.

  1. Prior to requesting a placement change for a child in out of home care, the CA staff must complete the following steps:
    1. Consult with his/her supervisor regarding recommendations to move a child.
    2. Follow procedures in the Indian Child Welfare Manual if the child is an Indian child
    3. Conduct a Family Team Decision Meeting (FTDM) or Shared Planning Meeting to discuss:
      1. If the placement is in the child's best interest
      2. What supports could be used to sustain the placement so that it can be a permanent placement resource or until the child/youth is placed with a permanent family
      3. How the placement move will support the achievement of the child's permanent plan.
  2. CA staff will notify caregivers when a decision is made to move a child. At least five (5) days prior to moving the child, CA staff must provide written notification of the child's proposed move to the current caregiver by completing and sending DSHS 27-082 unless:
    1. The child has resided in the placement for less than 90 days
    2. Safety concerns prevent the child from remaining in the current placement
    3. The child is being returned home
    4. A court order requires an immediate change in placement
    5. The child is residing in a receiving home or a group home.
  3. When a caregiver is requesting the immediate removal of a child, CA staff will complete the following steps:
    1. Conduct a Family Team Decision Meeting (FTDM) or Shared Planning Meeting to discuss:
      1. If the placement is in the child's best interest
      2. Possible supports to create a permanent placement resource or until the child/youth is placed with a permanent family
      3. How the placement move will support achievement of the child's permanent plan.
    2. Explore services available to stabilize the child in the current placement, including:
      1. Respite
      2. Therapeutic Intervention
      3. Other stabilization services and supports.
    3. Review relatives, non-related kin (suitable persons), and siblings' placements as possible placement resources.
  4. CA staff will document all child placement decisions and discussions in the electronic case file.

Forms and Tools

Five Day Notification to Move (DSHS 27-082)