"Best interest" includes, but is not limited to:
(1) Prevent regression or loss of skills already acquired;
(2) Achieve or maintain self-sufficiency;
(3) Provide the least restrictive setting that will meet the child's/youth's medical, social, developmental and personal needs;
(4) Benefits the medical, personal, social and developmental needs of the child/youth;
(5) Maintains family relationships.
"Child or youth"
means an individual who is eligible for division services per RCW 71A.16.040
and chapter 388-825
WAC, is less than eighteen years of age and who is in the custody of a parent by blood, adoption or legal guardianship.
"Client or person"
means an individual is eligible for division services per RCW 71A.16.040
and WAC 388-825-030
"Community support services"
means one or more of the services listed in RCW 71A.12.040
including, but not limited to the following services: Architectural, social work, early childhood intervention, employment, family counseling, respite care, information and referral, health services, legal services, therapy services, residential services and support, transportation services, and vocational services.
"Department" means the department of social and health services of the state of Washington.
"Director" means the director of the division of developmental disabilities.
"DDD" means the division of developmental disabilities of the department of social and health services.
"Emergency" means a sudden, unexpected occurrence demanding immediate action.
"Exemption" means the department's approval of a written request for an exception to a rule in this chapter.
"Family" means individuals of any age, living together in the same household related by blood, marriage, adoption or as a result of sharing legal custody of a minor child.
"Foster care provider"
means the individual person licensed by the DSHS, children's administration, division of licensed resources (DLR) (chapter 388-148
WAC) to provide foster care in the person's home; or a group care agency licensed by DLR to provide foster care for an individual in a group facility or staffed residential setting.
"In the voluntary placement program the legal status of the child" means that the child is in legal custody of the biological or adoptive parent(s) or legal and custodial guardian.
"The judicial determination and review" means a process that occurs in court and its purpose is to affirm that out-of-home placement is in the best interest of the child. The parent is notified of the court date and may appear in court with the child's DDD social worker.
"Out-of-home placement" means a DLR licensed home, a licensed group care facility or another licensed setting.
"Parent" means the individual who is the biological or adoptive person or legal custodial guardian who has legal responsibility for and physical custody of the child.
"Shared parenting" means biological or adoptive parents or legal guardians and foster care providers share responsibilities. Responsibilities are for the physical and emotional care, education and medical well-being of child/youth who meets DDD eligibility criteria and who is in a voluntary out of home placement as is described in the shared parenting agreement.
"Shared parenting plan" means a written plan among the parent, a foster care provider and DDD, with the expectation of sharing responsibilities for care of a child/youth, including exchanging information on a routine basis about medical, education, daily routines and special situations in the life of the child/youth.
"Voluntary out-of-home placement" for a child who is eligible for DDD services means:
(1) When a parent and the division of developmental disabilities (DDD) agree that it is in the best interest of the child to reside out of the home of the parents;
(2) The placement is solely due to the child's disability;
(3) There are no unresolved issues of abuse and neglect;
(4) When the parent or custodial and legal guardian and division sign a voluntary placement agreement; and
(5) When a child lives more than fifty percent of her/his life in a licensed setting that is other than in the parents' home. The setting may be a licensed foster family home, group care facility, or staffed residential home as licensed under chapter 74.15
"Voluntary placement agreement," as used in this section, means a written agreement between the department and a child's parent or legal guardian authorizing the department to place the child in a licensed facility.
"Written request for out-of-home placement" means a written request signed by the custodial parent requesting out-of-home placement for the child or youth under eighteen years of age.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.350
. WSR 02-22-057, § 388-826-0005, filed 10/31/02, effective 12/1/02.]