(a) No child that is under the jurisdiction of the court pursuant to this title, shall be placed in a home unless, all adults who resides in the home, anyone who is employed in the home, or that has an intimate relationship with the applicant, has met the background check requirements in subsection (b) of this section.
(b) To be approved, all individuals identified in subsection (a) of this section must provide background information and must successfully complete a Criminal and Child Abuse Background Check that is in accord with the standards set forth in the California Health and Safety Code §§ 1522 and 1522.1.
(c) A criminal records check may be conducted pursuant to this section on any person over 14 years of age living in the home who the YSS worker believes may have a criminal record.
(d) In any out of home placement of a child, a preference shall be given, in the absence of good cause to the contrary, to a placement with:
(1) A member of the child’s extended family;
(2) A foster home licensed, approved, or specified by YSS;
(3) An Indian foster home licensed or approved by an authorized non-Yurok licensing authority; or
(4) An institution for children approved by an Indian Tribe or operated by an Indian organization which has a program suitable to meet the child’s needs.
(e) Any child accepted for foster care or pre-adoptive placement shall be placed in the least restrictive setting which most approximates a family and in which his special needs, if any, may be met. The child shall also be placed within reasonable proximity to his or her home, taking into account any special needs of the child.
(f) The approved applicants have or agree to attend an orientation within two weeks, on the rights of children placed in their care, agree to complete training on foster care standards and expectations, including on the reasonable and prudent parent standard applicable to making decisions related to the child’s activities.