This legislation’s aim is to empower substitute caregivers to approve or disapprove a child’s participation in activities based on a caregiver’s own assessment and availability to help facilitate a child’s access to these activities, using a reasonable and prudent parent standard, without prior approval of the Department. The bill will define a reasonable and prudent parent standard and shift the decision-making role from the caseworker to the caregiver. It will also put liability protections in place for caregivers and require training on normalcy for caregivers, staff and Residential Child Care Licensing (RCCL). The schedule for the public hearing can be viewed here.
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