Potential Policy Gaps in Parental Child Safety Placements

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Jane Burstain /(512) 320-0222 x119

May 13, 2010

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When a child cannot remain safely at home, one option to prevent removal into foster care is for the parents to identify another home in which they agree the child can stay, which is referred to as a parental child safety placement. This type of placement can occur during the investigation stage, during the time the family is receiving family based safety services (FBSS), or both. Although the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has some policies regarding such placements, there are several areas that need greater detail to ensure that these placements are appropriate, that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities, and that the placements last no longer than necessary.