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Chapter V: Jurisdiction in Child Welfare CHAPTER V – JURISDICTION IN CHILD WELFARE



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Categories of Multiple County Cases in CPS

Type of Home

Supervised/ Licensed by

The County DSS with the Responsibility for Conducting an Out of Home CPS assessment

Family Foster Home, Therapeutic Foster Home or Residential Child Care Facility or Boarding School

* None of the local county DSS’ children in the home. Children placed voluntarily without the intervention of a DSS may be in the home.

Licensed by the Division of Social Services or the Division of Health Services Regulation and Supervised by a private child placing agency

A parent/caretaker should be assessed by the parent/caretakers’ resident county if the allegations are related to when the child was with the parent/caretaker.

A foster parent should be assessed by the foster parent’s resident county.

A worker of a facility should be assessed by the county where the facility is located.

Family Foster Home, Therapeutic Foster Home or Residential Child Care Facility or Boarding School with children in the custody of the local county DSS in the home.

Any agency

    County in which the report arose with the assistance of another county if necessary. If the Allegations are regarding:

A parent/ caretaker should be assessed by the parent/caretakers’ resident county.

The county DSS that has a child in their custody in the foster home will request another county DSS to conduct the CPS assessment of the foster home.

A worker of a facility should be assessed by the county where the facility is located.

Family Foster Home, Therapeutic Foster Home or Residential Child Care Facility

Licensed by the Division of Social Services or the Division of Health Services Regulation and supervised by the county DSS

County in which the report arose with the assistance of another county.

    Allegations regarding:

A parent/caretaker should be assessed by the parent/caretakers’ resident county.

All others must be assessed as a conflict of interest.