Tag Archives: parenting youth

Do children of parenting NMDs count in 1:12 staffing ratio for THP+FC?

Q: I work for a THP+Foster Care provider and about a third of our participants are parenting youth. As a provider, we are required to maintain a ratio of one case manager to 12 youth. My question is: are the children of Non-Minor Dependents counted as clients in that ratio? Or does it include the parenting dependents only?

A: No, the children of NMDs are not counted in the 1:12 staffing ratio. The statute is clear that programs serving NMDs must maintain a program staffing ratio of case manager to client not to exceed 1 to 12. However, the children of parenting NMDs are not clients because the child is not placed with the THP+FC program.

Additionally, the THP+FC  foster care rate paid to providers is based on the personnel and resources costs associated with one person, not a parent and a child. Community Care Licensing confirmed this interpretation in a December meeting.

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Nurse Family Partnership program: a resource for parenting non-minor dependents

Q:  I participated in JBF’s web seminar last week on the needs of parenting youth in foster care. There was information presented about the Nurse Family Partnership program, which the presenters said improves prenatal health and outcomes for mothers.  Where can I learn more about this program and find an agency in my county?

A: The Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based program that has demonstrated benefits for both the child and the mother. Given the high incidence of parenting youth in extended foster care, making timely referrals to the Nurse Family Partnership is an important resource for non-minor dependents who are pregnant. To learn more about the Nurse Family Partnership and to locate an implementing agency, follow this LINK.

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Continuing to meet extended foster care participation conditions post-partum

Q:  I am working with a non-minor dependent who recently gave birth to a child. She is taking time off from her job to be with her newborn. Does she still qualify for extended foster care and if so, under which of the participation conditions?

A: Yes, the non-minor dependent would still be eligible for extended foster care. Birth of a child does not disqualify a non-minor dependent from participating in extended foster care. Under these circumstances, she would likely meet participation condition #5, which states that the non-minor dependent is incapable of meeting participation conditions #1 to #4 due to a medical condition.

The medical condition must be verified by a healthcare practitioner and written documentation is required that the medical condition renders the individual incapable of doing any the activities that would allow her to meet one of the other four participation conditions. For more information about condition #5, refer to ACL 11-61.

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