When the death occurs of a child in CD care and custody, placed in out-of-home care, the family’s worker will work with the biological family regarding burial arrangements and expenses. If the biological family is willing and able to assume responsibility for the burial, they should be encouraged to do so. The family worker shall explore resources such as insurance policies, Social Security and other benefits.
If the biological family is not able to assume responsibility, the worker shall contact a local funeral home to provide a dignified burial within the acceptable standards of the community. To the extent possible, consider the wishes of the biological and foster family in making arrangements for the child’s burial. Payment, not to exceed $1,500.00, will be made through SAMII. An itemized list of expenses will need to be attached to the payment.