DAR File No. 39940
This rule was published in the December 1, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Services, Child and Family Services
Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39940
Filed: 11/12/2015 09:46:36 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this rule modification is to bring the rule in line with current statute and practice.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule change is intended to make the rule technically correct with current practice.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 62A-4a-210
- Section 62A-4a-102
- Section 62A-4a-105
- Section 62A-4a-212
- Section 62A-4a-211
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will be no increase in cost or savings to the state budget because these proposed changes do not increase workload that would require additional staff or other costs.
Local governments have no responsibility for services offered by Child and Family Services and are therefore not affected by this rule and will experience no fiscal impact.
Small businesses have no responsibility for services offered by Child and Family Services and are therefore not affected by this rule and will experience no fiscal impact.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is no expected fiscal impact for "persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities" because funding requests for services offered by Child and Family Services come out of already-existing budgets.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Child and Family Services determined that there will be no compliance costs for affected persons because there are no specific costs involved with the changes being made to this rule.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule will have no fiscal impact on businesses.
Ann Williamson, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Services
Child and Family Services
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Carol Miller at the above address, by phone at 801-557-1772, by FAX at 801-538-3993, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
- Julene Robbins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Brent Platt, Director
R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.
R512-310. Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard.
R512-310-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) The purpose of this rule is to establish standards for normalcy for a child who is in Child and Family Services custody, including a reasonable and prudent parent standard and normalizing activities for children.
(2) This rule is authorized by Sections 62A-4a-102, 62A-4a-210, 62A-4a-211, and 62A-4a-212.
As used in this part:
(1) "Activity" is defined in Section 62A-4a-210.
(2) "Age-appropriate" is defined in Section 62A-4a-210.
(3) "Caregiver" is defined in Section 62A-4a-210.
(4) "Child and Family Services" means the Division of Child and Family Services.
(5) "Out-of-home placement" is defined in Section 62A-4a-210.
(6) "Reasonable and prudent parent standard" is defined in Section 62A-4a-210.
(1) A child who comes into care under this chapter is entitled to participate in age-appropriate activities for the child's emotional well-being and development of valuable life-coping skills.
(2) Child and Family Services shall make efforts to normalize the lives of children in the custody of Child and Family Services and to empower a caregiver to approve or disapprove a child's participation in activities based on the caregiver's own assessment using a reasonable and prudent parent standard, without prior approval of Child and Family Services.
(3) Child and Family Services shall allow a caregiver to make important decisions, similar to the decisions that a parent is entitled to make, regarding the child's participation in activities.
(4) Child and Family Services will verify that private agencies providing out-of-home placement under contract with Child and Family Services promote and protect the ability of a child to participate in age-appropriate activities.
(5) A caregiver is not liable for harm caused to a child in an out-of-home placement if the child participates in an activity approved by the caregiver, provided that the caregiver has acted in accordance with a reasonable and prudent parent standard.
R512-310-4. Requirements for Decision Making.
(1) A caregiver shall use a reasonable and prudent parent standard in determining whether to permit a child to participate in an activity.
(2) A caregiver shall consider:
(a) The child's age, maturity, and developmental level to maintain the overall health and safety of the child;
(b) Potential risk factors and the appropriateness of the activity;
(c) The best interest of the child based on the caregiver's knowledge of the child;
(d) The importance of encouraging the child's emotional and developmental growth;
(e) The importance of providing the child with the most family-like living experience possible; and
(f) The behavioral history of the child and the child's ability to safely participate in the proposed activity.
(3) Child and Family Team Meetings may be convened at any point to discuss whether the caregiver has used the reasonable and prudent parent standard to determine what activities a child may participate in or if the child feels they are being denied the ability to participate in a normalizing activity.
R512-310-5. Participation in Activities.
(1) Caregivers shall ensure that the child has the safety equipment and any necessary permissions and training necessary to safely engage in each activity the child participates in, including but not limited to the following activities:
(b) Rock climbing;
(c) Recreational vehicle use;
R512-310-6. Group Home or Residential Setting Activities.
When children are placed in a group home or residential treatment setting, the provider will incorporate normalcy activities into the program. The activities will be in-line with the reasonable and prudent parent standard and will help children with skills essential for positive development.
KEY: child welfare, foster care
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
October 8, 2014]
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-210; 62A-4a-211; 62A-4a-212
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Carol Miller at the above address, by phone at 801-557-1772, by FAX at 801-538-3993, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com; Julene Robbins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules.