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§ 2643. Definitions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 11 P.S. ChildrenEffective: December 10, 2015

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 11 P.S. Children (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 36. Activities and Experiences for Children in Out-of-Home Placements Act
Effective: December 10, 2015
11 P.S. § 2643
§ 2643. Definitions
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” The following:
(1) activities or items that are generally accepted as suitable for children of the same chronological age or level of maturity or that are determined to be developmentally appropriate for a child, based on the development of cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral capacities that are typical for an age or age group; and
(2) in the case of a specific child, activities or items that are suitable for the child based on the developmental stages attained by the child with respect to the cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral capacities of the child.
“Caregiver.” A person with whom the child is placed in an out-of-home placement, including a resource family or an individual designated by a county agency or private agency. The resource family is the caregiver for any child placed with them.
“County agency.” The county children and youth social service agency established in accordance with section 405 of the act of June 24, 1937 (P.L. 2017, No. 396),1 known as the County Institution District Law, or its successor, and supervised by the department under Article IX of the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L. 31, No. 21),2 known as the Public Welfare Code.
“Department.” The Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth.
“Out-of-home placement.” A setting that provides 24-hour substitute care for a child away from the child's parents or guardians and for whom the county agency has placement care and responsibility. The term includes resource family homes and supervised settings in which a child is living and, for a child who has attained 18 years of age, a supervised setting in which the individual is living independently. The term does not include secure facilities, facilities operated primarily for the detention of children who have been adjudicated delinquent, accredited psychiatric residential treatment facilities or hospitals.
“Private agency.” An entity that provides out-of-home placement services to children under a contract with a county agency.
“Reasonable and prudent parent standard.” The standard, characterized by careful and sensible parental decisions that maintain the health, safety and best interests of a child while encouraging the emotional and developmental growth of the child, that a caregiver must use when determining whether to allow a child in an out-of-home placement under the responsibility of the county agency to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities.
“Resource family.” As defined under section 3 of the act of November 22, 2005 (P.L. 404, No. 73),3 known as the Resource Family Care Act.


2015, Dec. 10, P.L. 440, No. 75, § 3, imd. effective.


62 P.S. § 2305.
62 P.S. § 901 et seq.
11 P.S. § 2603.
11 P.S. § 2643, PA ST 11 P.S. § 2643
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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