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CHAPTER 50-11.2FOSTER CARE PARENT GRIEVANCE50-11.2-01. Foster care parent grievance. A foster parent who is duly licensed to carefor a foster child may object to any decision made by the department of human services or<br>county social service board which substantially affects the foster parent or the needs of the foster<br>child. An objection may be made in the form of a grievance which must be filed in the county of<br>the foster care parent's residence with the county social service board. The county social service<br>board shall notify foster parents of the grievance procedure and provide them with grievance<br>procedure forms.50-11.2-02.Grievance procedure.The grievance procedure to be followed by thedepartment of human services, county social service board, and foster parents is:1.Any decision made by the department of human services or county social service<br>board which substantially affects the licensed foster parent or the needs of a foster<br>child must be sent in writing to the foster parents who have been given the<br>responsibility of providing foster care for that child.Nothing herein may beconstrued to prohibit the department of human services or county social service<br>board from immediately implementing a decision, when the best interests of the<br>child require such immediate action, as long as notice is given to the foster parent as<br>soon as possible.2.A foster parent may object to any decision referred to in subsection 1. Upon the<br>filing of a grievance by the foster care parents, the county social service board shall<br>schedule an informal meeting to be held within ten days of the filing of the grievance.<br>The needs and responsibilities of all interested parties must be discussed at this<br>meeting in an attempt to maintain a continuing relationship which will serve the best<br>interests of the foster child. A written resolution relating to the grievance should be<br>agreed to and signed by both parties.3.If no written resolution between the parties relating to the grievance is made at the<br>informal meeting, the foster parents may request a formal hearing to be held at the<br>regional foster care office. This meeting must be held within ten working days of the<br>informal meeting unless both parties agree to an extension. The regional foster care<br>director shall provide for a record of this hearing. The regional foster care director<br>shall review all prior contact between the foster care parents and the department of<br>human services or county social service board relating to the grievance.Theregional foster care director shall then make a final determination relating to the<br>grievance. The regional foster care director's findings and conclusions must be sent<br>to the county social service board and the foster care parents.4.All decisions of the regional foster care director relating to a grievance under this<br>chapter are final.5.The department of human services shall adopt rules to carry out the purpose and<br>intent of this section and these rules must be given to the foster parent upon<br>licensing.6.Denial or revocation of a foster care license may be appealed as provided in chapter<br>28-32.7.Nothing herein may be construed to require a grievance proceeding under this<br>chapter, when the department of human services or county social service board is<br>acting to implement a specific placement decision issued by a court with competent<br>jurisdiction.Page No. 1Document Outlinechapter 50-11.2 foster care parent grievance