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What are the responsibilities of the parents when their child receives services in the voluntary placement program?

Parents retain custody of their child at all times when the child is receiving services in the voluntary placement program. Parents responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) The right to make all major nonemergency decision about medical care, enlistment in military service, marriage and other important legal decisions for the person under eighteen years of age;
(2) Maintain ongoing and regular contact with the child;
(3) Agree to work cooperatively with their child's DDD social worker and other DSHS staff and persons caring for their child;
(4) Participate in decision making for their child;
(5) Cooperate with DDD in selecting a representative payee for the child's Social Security benefits, received from the Social Security Administration, and which are used for basic maintenance while the child is in out-of-home care;
(6) Agree that if their child's out-of-home placement disrupts, their child will return to the parents physical care until a new placement is developed. The parent's signature on the voluntary placement agreement confirms their understanding of the responsibilities listed in the VPA.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.350. WSR 02-22-057, ยง 388-826-0075, filed 10/31/02, effective 12/1/02.]
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