Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services Policy and Procedures Manual. Revised January 2016.
Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services.
Book State Resource
xxi, 414 p.
Published: January 2016
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This manual explains policies and procedures for child welfare services in Arkansas. Following an explanation of the Division of Children and Family Services mission, practice model, powers, and duties, sections address: the child welfare delivery system and organizational structure, record keeping, confidentiality, ethical standards, referrals to assess family strengths and needs, differential response, child abuse hotline, community notification of sex offenders, early intervention referrals and services, services case opening, and revaluation, notification of relatives and fictive kin when a child is taken into custody by the Division, coordination with the Office of Child Support Enforcement, client drug and alcohol screening, assessment of family strengths and needs to develop individualized case plans, family assessments, services case plan, services to preserve families in their homes, services to reunify families, initial and general health services, comprehensive health assessment and health plan for children receiving out-of-home placement services, case review judicial hearings, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, educational services, mental health services, therapeutic foster care, foster home recruitment and retention, alternate care for children in out-of-home placement, providing information to foster parents, services to provide other permanent living situations, extended foster care, termination of parent rights, foster parent and relative adoption, development of adoptive homes, international adoptions, subsided guardianship, services accountability, special services, services to children of immigrant families, the child maltreatment central registry, and child maltreatment notices.
Arkansas; child abuse; child neglect; State laws; child welfare services; education; foster children; adoption; mental health services; reporting procedures; subsidized guardianship; child placement; termination of parental rights