210.660 Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard

Definitions — As used in sections 210.660 to 210.680, the following terms shall mean:

  (1)  “Age- or developmentally appropriate activities”:

  (a)  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

  (b)  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;

  (2)  “Caregiver”, a foster parent, relative, or kinship provider with whom a child in foster care has been placed or a designated official for a child care institution in which a child in foster care has been placed;

  (3)  “Division”, the Missouri children’s division within the department of social services;

  (4)  “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 at the same time encouraging the emotional and developmental growth of the child that a caregiver shall use when determining whether to allow a child in foster care under the responsibility of the state to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities.

(L. 2016 H.B. 1877)