Child welfare disaster preparedness: minimum criteria for plans
Foster parents, relative caregivers, adoptive families, group homes, residential treatment centers, other facilities serving children in the care of child welfare agencies (e.g., psychiatric hospitals), and all children in the child welfare system, must be included in disaster preparedness planning.
Agencies must have disaster response plans that describe their disaster responses. Plans must address these questions:
These criteria are state and federal requirements (see Section 422 (b)(16) of the Social Security Act).
Coping with Disasters and Strengthening Systems, A Framework for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF)
Minnesota Adoption and Foster Parent, Family Disaster Plan (DHS-4258F-ENG) (PDF)
Disaster Preparedness Resource Guide for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF)