[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 11-25-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1987 (Ch. 304 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions after 1990 are included at the end of this chapter.]
Aid to families with dependent children — See Ch. 281.
Child sex abuse hot-line service agencies — See Ch. 378.
Day-care facilities and home-care services — See Ch. 396.
Emergency shelters — See Ch. 438.
Homemaking services — See Ch. 519.
Nursing homes — See Ch. 627.
Child protection — See Ch. 880.
Social Services Department — See Ch. 1127.
This Legislature hereby finds that Suffolk County funds individuals who provide foster care and adoptive care services. The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of minors enrolled in foster care homes or being placed for adoption.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADOPTIVE HOME
- A family registered with or applying to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to adopt a minor child.
- Any person(s) under contract with the County of Suffolk to provide foster care services for individuals preparing for an adoptive placement.
- The Suffolk County Department of Social Services.
- FOSTER CARE
- Homes certified or applying to be certified by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services as a twenty-four-hour-a-day shelter for children in need of care.
- MEMBER OF HOUSEHOLD
- Any permanent member of the home over the age of 18.
The Department shall be responsible for conducting the above screening process, and, in addition, any criminal history record (CHR) reply supplied by the State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services shall be received and reviewed by the Department consistent with provisions of New York State Executive Law § 296. Any person disqualified from the Department's foster care or adoptive program due solely or in part to the Department's review of the criminal history record supplied by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services shall have the right to appeal the disqualification by contacting New York State and conducting a record review and challenge.
A foster-care family must have all the adult members of the household over the age of 18 fingerprinted at the time it makes application to become a foster-care family. An adoptive family, when it registers for adoptive placement, must have fingerprints made of all members of the household over 18 years of age. Any such foster-care family or adoptive family is authorized to have the required fingerprinting conducted by an appropriate County agency or department.
The Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services shall review all fingerprinting records for foster-care and adoptive families. If this review or the screening required by Subsection A of this section results in a finding that such persons have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor which, in the judgment of the Commissioner of the Department, endangers the health, safety, physical and mental well-being of the recipient of foster-care services or jeopardizes the adoptive placement, the Commissioner will not proceed with the finalization of the foster-care or adoptive placement.
The Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services shall issue, promulgate and adopt such rules and regulations as she shall deem necessary and sufficient to carry out and implement the terms and conditions of this chapter. The rules and regulations shall be compatible with any rules adopted by the New York State Department of Social Services in relation to criminal history record checks.