2013 Code of Alabama
Title 38 - PUBLIC WELFARE.
Chapter 7 - CHILD CARE.
Section 38-7-5 - License to operate or conduct child-care facility - Issuance and term; temporary permits; provisional approval of home; preferential treatment of family members concerning placement of children.
(a) Licenses or approvals shall be issued in such form and manner as prescribed by the department and are valid for two years from the date issued, unless revoked by the department or voluntarily surrendered by the licensee, or by the child-care facility designated on the notice of approval, provided, that the following occur:
(1) Licenses or approvals for boarding homes are valid for one year from the date of issuance, unless revoked by the department, or by the licensed child-placing agency which issued the approval, or unless voluntarily surrendered by the licensee or by the child-care facility designated on the notice of approval.
(2) Approvals for free homes shall continue in effect until notice of disapproval is given by the department, or by the licensed child-placing agency which issued the approval, or until the child-care facility designated on the notice of approval voluntarily withdraws.
(b) The department may issue a six-month permit to a facility for child care to allow such facility reasonable time to become eligible for a full license; provided, however, that no such six-month permit shall be issued to a foster family home.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, when a child is taken into the department's foster care or custody on an emergency basis, or when there is a disruption or imminent disruption in a current foster care placement requiring placement elsewhere, and a prospective foster home is available, the department or licensed child-placing agency may conduct a preliminary inspection of the home and issue a provisional approval of the home. The provisional approval shall continue in effect for no more than six months and is nonrenewable. A provisional approval may be denied or revoked by the department at any time for failure to meet minimum standards set by the department or for any reason set forth in Section 38-7-8.
(d) Prior to the emergency licensing of foster homes, the department shall adhere to the settlement agreement reached in the R.C. v. Nachman lawsuit relating to preferential treatment for family members concerning the placement of children.(Acts 1971, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 174, p. 4423, §5; Acts 1996, No. 96-765, p. 1350, §1.)
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