§ 3700.4. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ChildAn individual who:
(i) Is under 18 years of age.
(ii) Is under 21 years of age, committed an act of delinquency before reaching 18 years of age and remains under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
(iii) Is under 21 years of age, was adjudicated dependent before reaching 18 years of age, and while engaged in a course of instruction or treatment, requests the court to retain jurisdiction until the course has been completed.
County agencyThe single county children and youth social services agency.
DepartmentThe Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth.
Family service plan or service planA written document describing short- and long-range objectives for the provision of care and services to a child and his familiy, prepared by the placing agency or individual.
Foster familyThe living unit, including the foster family residence and foster parent, approved by a foster family care agency to provide foster family care to children.
Foster family careResidential care and supervision provided to a child placed with a foster family.
Foster family care agency or FFCAA public or private agency which recruits, approves, supervises and places children with foster families.
Foster family residenceThe primary domicile of a foster parent. The residence may be owned or rented by the foster parent; or it may be provided to the foster parent by the FFCA.
Foster parentAn individual responsible for providing foster family care to children placed by an FFCA.
Individual Service Plan or ISPA description of the activities which implement the family service plan.
Licensure or approvalThe certification of FFCA and foster family compliance with this chapter.
Passive physical restraintThe least amount of direct physical contact required to prevent immediate harm to the child or others.
PlacementTwenty-four hour out-of-home care and supervision of a child.
Placing agencyThe agency or individual with legal authority to refer or place a child for foster family care. Included are courts, county children and youth social service agencies and parents.
The provisions of this § 3700.4 amended under Articles II, VII, IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 201211, 701774, 901922 and 10011080).
The provisions of this § 3700.4 amended January 23, 1987, effective January 24, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 392. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (86950) to (86951).
Notes of Decisions
Section 3700.61 delegates the authority to inspect for compliance with requirements covering health, 55 Pa. Code § 3700.51, safety, 55 Pa. Code § 3700.67, and necessary facilities, 55 Pa. Code § 3700.66, and approve foster homes to an approved foster family care agency as defined in 55 Pa. Code § 3700.4, so as to effectuate the purposes of the regulations set out in 55 Pa. Code § 3700.2. In re. Lowry, 464 A.2d 333 (Pa. Super. 1983).
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