The DDS is responsible for making a reasonable judgment, based on the information
in file and/or provided by the applicant, as to whether there may be another responsible
party who can help the child pursue the claim.
The DDS should exercise its judgment as to who is most likely to assist in pursuing
the claim. A child welfare or other agency with legal custody is the responsible party
of choice, but, if an agency does not have legal custody, the DDS may find that the
child lives with and/or is cared for by several adults, any one of whom may be willing
and able to assist the child in pursuing the claim.
If available information indicates there are potential sources of assistance, but
does not suggest a particular individual, a telephone call to the household may in
many cases be the most productive approach to determining from whom to request assistance.
If there is more than one party who may be able and willing to assist, the DDS should
use its discretion in deciding which to contact.
A good-faith effort to locate and contact a responsible party is required. If efforts
to contact a potential responsible party are unsuccessful, or the party contacted
proves unable or unwilling to provide the needed information/cooperation, the DDS
is not required to conduct a further search for yet another potential responsible