Separation Of Siblings
Absent exigent circumstances, as soon as a placing agency becomes aware of the need for a change in placement of a dependent child that will result in the separation of siblings currently placed together, the placing agency shall:
- Notify the child's attorney and the child's siblings' attorney of this proposed separation no less than 10 calendar days prior to the planned change of placement so that the attorneys may investigate the circumstances of the proposed separation.
If the placing agency first becomes aware, by written notification from a foster family agency, group home, or other foster care provider, of the need for a change in placement for a dependent child that will result in the separation of siblings currently placed together, and that the child or children shall be removed within seven days:
- Notice shall be provided to the attorneys by the end of the next business day after the receipt of notice from the provider.
In an emergency , the placing agency shall provide notice as soon as possible, but no later than the close of the first business day following the change of placement.