Okla. Admin. Code § 340:75-19-26

OKLAHOMA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

TITLE 340. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

CHAPTER 75. CHILD WELFARE

SUBCHAPTER 19. WORKING WITH INDIAN CHILDREN


340:75-19-26. Foster care reimbursement for children in tribal custody


(a) Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) provides foster care reimbursement to approved tribal foster homes for the placement of children in tribal custody when OKDHS has a contractual agreement with the child's tribe for the payment of foster care and the tribe has submitted Form DCFS-57, Indian Child Welfare Program Referral, along with a copy of the court order and case plan to the assigned Child Welfare (CW) tribal liaison.


(b) The tribe sends copies of updated case plans and current court orders to the CW tribal liaison. The child's tribe immediately notifies the CW tribal liaison on Form DCFS-57-A, Indian Child Welfare Program Update, of any change in the child's placement or custody.


(c) The child's tribe is responsible for providing services and supervising the child's placement when in tribal custody.


(d) The child's tribe makes application on behalf of the child for any financial benefits, such as Social Security, to which the child is entitled. If the child is determined eligible, the child's tribe immediately notifies the CW tribal liaison by submitting Form DCFS-57-A with updated information. The foster care payment is reduced by the dollar amount of the benefit.


(e) Each tribe develops and implements policies and practices in accordance with federal regulations related to Titles IV-B and IV-E. Tribes may request technical assistance from OKDHS to ensure compliance with:


(1) federal law, policy, and regulation;


(2) accountability for fiscal and program operations;


(3) reporting procedures; and


(4) compliance with the terms and conditions of tribal and OKDHS agreements.


(f) If OKDHS identifies questionable foster care practices or circumstances that may jeopardize continued federal funding, the situation is reviewed and reconciled by a panel of tribal and OKDHS officials on a case-by-case basis. If reconciliation is not possible, both parties may present their views to the Director of OKDHS who determines whether continued payment is made on behalf of the cases affected.


  

  


[Source: Amended at 23 Ok Reg 1026, eff 5-11-06]

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