Release of Children Policy

A.~Each child may be released only to the child’s custodial parent(s), or person(s) authorized by the custodial parent(s), to take the child from the center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the custodial parent(s) cannot be reached.
~If a non-custodial parent has been denied access, or granted limited access, to the child by a court order, the center shall secure documentation to this effect, maintain a copy on file, and comply with the terms of the court order.
B.Procedures to be followed by staff member(s) if the parent(s), or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), as specified in (A) above, fails to pick-up a child at the time of the center’s daily closing shall require:
1.The child to be supervised at all times.
2.Staff members to attempt to contact the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s).
3.When it is an hour or more after closing time, and it has been established that other arrangements for releasing the child to his/her parent(s) have failed and the staff member(s) cannot continue to supervise the child at the center, the staff member shall call the DIVISION’S 24-HOUR CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE (1-800-792-8610) to seek assistance in caring for the child until the parent(s), or person(s) authorized by the child’s parent(s) is able to pick-up the child.
C.Procedures to be followed by a staff member(s) if the parent(s), or person(s) authorized by the  parent(s), appear to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that, in the judgment of the director and/or staff member, the child would be placed at risk of harm if released to such an individual shall require that:      
1.The child may not be released to such an impaired individual.
2.Staff member attempt to contact the child’s other parent or alternate person(s) authorized by the parent(s).
3.If the center is unable to make alternative arrangements, as noted in (A) above, a staff member shall call the DIVISION’S 24-HOUR CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE (1-800-792-8610) to seek assistance in caring for the child.