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CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS: Special Investigations
Chapter 34-12-7: Religious Beliefs of Parents Preventing Necessary Medical Care
||A DCF investigator shall investigate all reports of any child who is suspected of not receiving necessary medical care because of the religious beliefs of the parent(s).|
Necessary medical care is care required when the child:
- is in a life threatening condition
- s suffering harm
- is suffering pain
- will suffer increased seriousness of a medical condition.
The investigation shall include consultation with medical providers. Staff shall obtain sworn statements from two physicians which delineate:
- the child's medical condition
- treatment needed
- discussion/refusal by parent(s) to permit treatment
- critical need for treatment
- the results of failure to obtain treatment.
|Findings of Medical Neglect
If medical neglect is substantiated, the investigator shall:
- work with the family to obtain permission for treatment if the child is not in a life threatening condition
- file an Order of Temporary Custody immediately if the child is in a life threatening condition.
|Procedures for Treating Jehovah's Witnesses
||The investigator shall investigate all requests for intervention to obtain permission for blood transfusions for Jehovah's Witnesses.
The investigator shall ascertain that:
- the parent(s) have denied such a request based on religious beliefs
- non-blood medical alternatives and treatment have been discussed between the parent(s) and physicians
- contact has been made with the Hospital Liaison Committee of Jehovah's Witnesses
- necessary medical care cannot be managed without a blood transfusion.
Effective Date: October 1, 1996 (Revised)
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