5103.039 Courses in preplacement training program.

Except for preplacement training programs described in section 5103.0311 of the Revised Code, a preplacement training program shall consist of courses in the role of foster caregivers as a part of the care and treatment of foster children. A prospective foster caregiver shall complete all of the courses, which shall address all of the following:

(A) The legal rights and responsibilities of foster caregivers;

(B) Public children services agencies, private child placing agencies, and private noncustodial agencies' policies and procedures regarding foster caregivers;

(C) The department of job and family services' requirements for certifying foster homes;

(D) The effects placement, separation, and attachment issues have on children, their families, and foster caregivers;

(E) Foster caregivers' involvement in permanency planning for children and their families;

(F) The effects of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and substance abuse on normal human growth and development;

(G) Behavior management techniques;

(H) Effects of caregiving on children's families;

(I) Cultural issues in placement;

(J) Prevention, recognition, and management of communicable diseases;

(K) Community health and social services available to children and their families;

(L) The substance of section 2152.72 of the Revised Code. A course addressing section 2152.72 of the Revised Code shall be not less than one hour long.

(M) In the case of a preplacement training program for a prospective foster caregiver seeking certification for a specialized foster home, additional issues specific to the types of children placed in specialized foster homes, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, appropriate behavioral intervention techniques, such as de-escalation, self-defense, and physical restraint techniques and the appropriate use of such techniques.

Effective Date: 01-01-2001; 09-03-2004; 09-21-2006