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R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.

Rule R512-11. Accommodation of Moral and Religious Beliefs and Culture.

As in effect on February 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R512-11-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) The purpose of this rule is to define procedures to accommodate the moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture of children and families served by the Division of Child and Family Services (Child and Family Services) according to Section 62A-4a-120.

(2) This rule is authorized by Section 62A-4a-102.

R512-11-2. Definitions.

(1) "Accommodate" means to adapt, adjust, or make provision to support.

(2) "Utah Family and Children Engagement Tool", hereinafter referred to as "UFACET", means a document that is a collection of formal and informal assessments pertaining to the child and family identifying the strengths, resources, and needs of the family. The UFACET is a working document used to record information, draw conclusions, and inform the Child and Family Plan.

(3) "Child and Family Plan" means the collective intentions of the Child and Family Team documenting specific goals, roles, strategies, resources, and schedules for coordinated provision of assistance, supports, supervision, and services for the child, caregiver, and parents, or guardians.

(4) "Child and Family Team" means a group that may consist of the child, the child's family, the Child and Family Services caseworker, the out-of-home provider, relatives, representatives of the family's moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture, representatives from education, health care, and law enforcement, the Guardian ad Litem, the parents' attorney, the Attorney General, and other supportive individuals as designated by the family.

(5) "Culture" means the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns characteristic of a family and includes moral beliefs and religious beliefs.

(6) "Moral beliefs" means ideas of what is right and what is wrong that shape one's outward behavior. Moral beliefs define what is decent and honorable.

(7) "Religious beliefs" means faith or conviction in a system of principles or worship relating to the sacred and uniting its adherents in a community.

R512-11-3. Child and Family Services Responsibilities.

(1) Child and Family Services recognizes that children and families have the right to be understood within the context of their family's moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture.

(2) When intervening with a family, Child and Family Services caseworkers shall ask the family to identify aspects of the family's moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture that are relevant to the care and placement of the child.

(3) Child and Family Services shall develop a Child and Family Team when engaging children and families.

(a) The Child and Family Team shall discuss with the child and family any aspects of their moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture that they wish to have accommodated.

(b) The UFACET shall identify the moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture of the child and family and the accommodations requested by the child and family. The method that Child and Family Services will employ to make the accommodation or the reasons that such accommodation is not reasonable or proper shall be reflected in the Child and Family Team Meeting minutes or the Child and Family Plan.

(c) The decisions of the Child and Family Team related to accommodations of moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture shall be documented in the Child and Family Team Meeting minutes and reflected in the services and provisions made in the Child and Family Plan. Any accommodation that cannot be provided shall be explained to the child and family and noted in the Child and Family Plan.

(d) When Child and Family Services is not able to accommodate exactly some aspect of the family's moral beliefs, religious beliefs, or culture, the Child and Family Team may explore the best way to accommodate the moral beliefs, religious beliefs, or culture of the child and family.

(e) These accommodations shall be periodically reviewed with the parents or caregivers, along with all other requirements, to assure that the moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture of the child and family are met according to the decisions made by the Child and Family Team.

(4) The planning and implementation of all other activities provided by Child and Family Services shall identify in the Child and Family Team Meeting minutes aspects of the family's moral beliefs, religious beliefs, and culture that are relevant to the service. Documentation shall identify any requested accommodation and the method Child and Family Services employs to make accommodation for the child and family or the reasons accommodation is not reasonable or appropriate.

KEY

child welfare

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 22, 2015

Notice of Continuation

July 22, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-105; 62A-4a-106; 62A-4a-120


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R512, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Child and Family Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.