Unrelated Caregiver Placement
No child may be placed with an unrelated caregiver unless the unrelated caregiver is licensed. Placement cannot occur until the licensing process is completed.
If the court orders placement under the Juvenile Code (MCL 712A.13a(5)) which allows court wards to be placed in an unrelated caregiver placement without a foster home license, the following conditions must be met prior to the placement:
-The court must approve an unrelated caregiver placement
-The court must make a finding that the "Conditions of custody at the placement and with the individual with whom the child is placed are adequate to safeguard the child from the risk of harm to the child's life, physical health, or mental well-being."
Court-ordered placement with an unrelated caregiver requires completion of the DHS-197, Home Study Outline. The Home Study must be completed within 30 days of the child's placement in the home of the unrelated caregiver.