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care of the child, including but not limited to, the

child’s care giver, appointed guardian, social worker, and

attorney, when appointing a surrogate parent. The commenters stated this would ensure a fully informed decision when appointing a surrogate parent for children who are wards of the State or placed in foster care.

Discussion: Section 303.422(b)(2) requires the lead agency, when determining whether and who to appoint as a surrogate parent for children who are wards of the State or placed in foster care, to consult with the public agency with whom care of the child has been assigned. The individuals involved in implementing the provisions in

§303.422 for children who are wards of the State or placed

in foster care will vary on a case-by-case basis. The regulations as written provide the flexibility necessary for a lead agency and the public agency, as part of the

consultation process in §303.422, to decide who should be

involved in implementing the requirements of this section.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that a lead agency should not consult with a child welfare agency with regard to

assigning a surrogate parent, as required in §303.422(b)

(2), because the foster parent is the parent and can make decisions.