Resource Family Approval applicants are required to complete a psychosocial assessment. Does the psychosocial assessment replace the adoption home study or do applicants have to complete an adoption home study if adoption becomes the case plan?

 In version 5.0 of the Written Directives, effective February 6, 2018, the “Psychosocial Assessment” will now be called a “Family Evaluation.”

The family evaluation is in lieu of an adoption home study, so caregivers that are approved as resource families do not have to complete an adoption home study. The family evaluation is also in lieu of a guardianship approval. This means that once a family is approved as a resource family they are considered eligible for adoption or guardianship. It is important to note that Resource Family Approval does not guarantee adoption or guardianship as a case plan.

CITATIONS: RFA Written Directives.

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