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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.36 Department of Welfare Part III

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Chapter 3.36
Department of Welfare
PART III. BOARD OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES

Sections:

36.100 Created--Members.
3.36.105 Selection of officers--Office space.
3.36.110 Meetings--Attendance.
3.36.115 Compensation--Expenses.
3.36.120 Agent powers and duties.
3.36.125 Assistant agent.
3.36.130 Case supervisors of foster care section and mothers' aid section.
3.36.135 Social case workers.
3.36.140 Other employees.
3.36.145 Receiving and taking charge of children.
3.36.150 Placing children.
3.36.155 Expenses for care.
3.36.160 Contracts with private charitable institutions.
3.36.165 Annual and special reports.

3.36.100 Created--Members.

A board of children's services is created consisting of twelve members, at least five of whom shall be women, who shall be appointed by the Mayor for a term of four years each, but not more than three members shall be appointed in any one year except to fill vacancies in unexpired terms.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 2: 1960 C. 187.010.)

Charter:

Art. XIII 14-A(d) Board of children's services

V.A.M.S.:

210.250 et seq. Board of children's guardians

3.36.105 Selection of officers--Office space.

The board shall choose from among its members a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary. The secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the board. The board shall have an office in a municipal building, as may be designated by the Mayor.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 3: 1960 C. 187.020.)

3.36.110 Meetings--Attendance.

The board shall meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month except a legal holiday, and shall hold special meetings as may be necessary. Absence from three consecutive regular meetings without giving excuse satisfactory to the board and so entered upon the records, shall vacate the office of any member of the board.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 4: 1960 C. 187.030.)

3.36.115 Compensation--Expenses.

The members of the board shall serve without compensation. Necessary expenses incurred by them in the discharge of their duties, with the approval of a majority of the board, shall be refunded to them.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 5: 1960 C. 187.040.)

3.36.120 Agent powers and duties.

The agent of the board of children's services shall have under his jurisdiction the general management, control, supervision and administration of all matters relating to the work of the board, and all subordinates thereof, except in matters pertaining to the administration of Bellefontaine Farms and Meramec Hills. The agent is granted full authority to control and direct the exercise of all the powers, duties, responsibilities and obligations as defined in the Charter and in the ordinances of the City pertaining to the jurisdiction, power and authority of the board of children's services. The agent shall perform his duties under the general direction of the board, and in accordance with rules and regulations as promulgated by the board for the guidance of the agent.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 6 (part): 1960 C. 187.050.)

3.36.125 Assistant agent.

It shall be the duty of the assistant agent to assist the agent in the exercise of the duties of the agent, and to maintain central control and coordination of the work of the staff, and to perform other duties as assigned by the board or the agent, under their direction. In the temporary absence or incapacity of the agent, the assistant agent shall be in charge of the administration of the work of the board, and shall be designated as acting agent, and shall serve without any increase in salary.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 6 (part): 1960 C. 187.060.)

3.36.130 Case supervisors of foster care section and mothers' aid section.

The case supervisor, foster care section, shall direct the case work of all social case workers assigned to the foster care section. The case supervisor, mothers' aid section, shall direct the case work of all social case workers assigned to the mothers' aid section. Both case supervisors shall perform their duties under the guidance of the agent and assistant agent, and shall perform other duties as formulated for their positions.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 6 (part): 1960 C. 187.070.)

3.36.135 Social case workers.

It shall be the duty of social case workers in accordance with the responsibilities and duties of their respective symbolized positions, and under the direction of the case supervisor of their section, to investigate all cases in which courts, parents, other persons or other agencies, are seeking the commitment of, admission of, or material relief of, or service for children, to or from the board of children's services; or to place and supervise children in foster homes and with their own mothers, by developing and exercising plans for the material, medical and social adjustment of such children, and to plan and effect the rehabilitation of children with their own parents or relatives and to plan and effect the rehabilitation of families into social and financial independence, and to perform all other work incident to the investigation, placement and supervision of cases of children under circumstances as aforesaid, and to properly record the complete chronological development of each child in case histories.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 6 (part): 1960 C. 187.080.)

3.36.140 Other employees.

The duties of all other employees shall be designated by their respective titles in the classified service. The duties of all employees of the board may be further designated by the board.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 6 (part).)

3.36.145 Receiving and taking charge of children.

The board of children's services shall have the power and authority to receive and take charge of any child at its discretion upon commitment to it by any court of competent jurisdiction in the City. The board shall have the power and authority to receive or take charge of any foundling or abandoned child whose parents are unknown, and to declare the same dependent upon the public for support. Upon application of its legal custodian the board shall have power and authority to receive and take charge of any dependent child. All children so committed or received by the board shall be given care and treatment as the board may determine. Every application shall allege dependency upon the public for support and shall request and tender to the board its complete charge and control over the child, and upon the assent of the board to the application, charge and control shall vest absolutely in the board. The board shall not receive or take charge of any child who has not been, or whose parents or guardians have not been residents of the City for at least one year prior to the presentation of the child to the board, except foundlings or abandoned children whose parents or guardians are unknown.

The board shall prepare from time to time rules and regulations for the reception by it of any child. The rules and regulations shall determine the conditions under which any child shall be received by the board. The rules and regulations shall be entered on the records of the board.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 7: 1960 C. 187.090--187.110.)

V.A.M.S.:

210.292--210.298 Family foster home care

City Counselor Ops.: 8548, 8603, 8604

3.36.150 Placing children.

The board of children's guardians shall have power and authority to place any child in its charge for temporary custody in the house of detention; to place defective children in any public institution within the state for the care of defective children; and to place neglected, dependent or abandoned children of the Bellefontaine Farm or other municipal institution of the City, but only in case no suitable family homes can be found for them, and only until such homes can be found. The board shall have the power and authority to place any child in its charge or under its control with any family qualified and able in the opinion of the board to provide for the comfort and wants of the child, and to care for its moral and physical welfare. No child shall be placed with any family when the head thereof is of different religious affiliation from that of the child's parents or guardian, if affiliation can be ascertained. The board shall have the power and authority to place any child with its own mother if she is a widow or if her husband is confined in the St. Louis sanitarium or in any public institution of the United States, or of the states, territories or possessions of the United States, and then only after the board through an investigation by its agent has determined that the mother has been a resident of the City for a period of at least two years immediately prior thereto and is competent, morally, mentally and physically to properly rear, supervise and train the child, and that her home is a suitable and fit place for the child. The board may make further rules and regulations to safeguard the placement, care and attention of children boarded in foster homes or in their own homes as they may in their judgment deem necessary. The board shall, so far as practicable, place children within the City, and when not practicable, the children may be placed in the state within a radius of fifty miles of St. Louis.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 8: 1960 C. 187.120.)

3.36.155 Expenses for care.

For the board and maintenance of every child placed by the board of children's services, the City shall pay whatever sum may be determined by the board, subject to approval of the board of estimate and apportionment. In addition to the amount thus fixed, the City, upon action of the board of children's services, may pay for clothing and for medical treatment that is deemed necessary for the welfare of the child.

All expenditures authorized by the board of children's services shall be certified by the board administrator, or in his absence, the director of the placing out division, or in the absence of both, the chairman of the board of children's services. The board shall not authorize any payment for the maintenance of any child, after the child has reached his or her sixteenth birthday. For children under the care of the board of children's services for a period of eighteen months prior to the child's sixteenth birthday, payment for maintenance may be authorized, until the child has reached his or her eighteenth birthday.
(Ord. 47815 1, 1956: 1948 C. Ch. 60 9: 1960 C. 187.130.)

3.36.160 Contracts with private charitable institutions.

The board shall have power to contract with private charitable institutions in the City, created and organized under the laws of the state, and established and suitably equipped for the care of children of tender years, for the reception and care of foundlings, at a rate not exceeding twelve dollars per month per child. Compensation is to be in full for every charge of every nature, for clothing, lodging, care, medical attendance, and maintenance of the child. Any contract may be abrogated at any time by the board of children's services.

Any contract now existing that may have been made by the Mayor in placing foundlings in private charitable institutions shall remain in force and effect so far as the contract may affect any foundlings already placed in institutions, until abrogated by the board of children's services, when such contract shall become null and void.

All foundlings admitted to private charitable institutions under the terms of Part II Chapter 3.36, and by contracts, shall be subject to the supervision of the board of children's services and its representatives, and shall be cared for, maintained, clothed and otherwise provided for, under the rules and regulations which may be established by the board and placed upon its records, and notice thereof duly given any institutions with which contracts may be made. Part III, Chapter 3.36, and rules and regulations that may be adopted shall become a part of any contract so made. No money shall be payable under any contract for any child after the same shall have passed the age of three years.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 10: 1960 C. 187.140.)

3.36.165 Annual and special reports.

On the first day of April of each year the board of children's services shall render an annual report to the Mayor, detailing in full: 1. The work of the board in taking charge of and placing children and foundlings, expenses of the department; 2. The supervision and control of Bellefontaine Farms; 3. All other useful information dealing with the care of delinquent, neglected, dependent and defective children of the City as the board may deem in its judgment important. In addition the board shall render special reports to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen as requested under authority of Section 10 Article VIII of the Charter. Copies of the reports of the board shall be filed in the municipal reference library.
(1948 C. Ch. 60 20: 1960 C. 187.150.)

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