Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–671.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) "Administrative act" means any action, decision, adjudication, omission, rule, regulation, interpretation, recommendation, policy, practice, or procedure of an agency, agency-licensed or contracted service and placement provider, or entity that must operate under or comply with guidance from an agency.

(2) "Agency" means any officer, employee, office, department, division, board, commission, or agency of the government of the District, including independent agencies, but does not include:

(A) The District of Columbia Courts, as that term is defined in § 1-201.03(13);

(B) The Council;

(C) Any instrumentality formed pursuant to an interstate compact; or

(D) The Office of the Inspector General.

(3) "CFSA" means the Child and Family Services Agency.

(4) "CFSA affiliate" means a CFSA-licensed or contracted service and placement provider or entity that must operate under or comply with guidance from CFSA.

(5) "CFSA child" means an individual who is 21 years of age or younger and involved with, previously involved with, or otherwise known to CFSA.

(6) "CFSA constituent" includes:

(A) A CFSA child;

(B) A former CFSA child;

(C) The following individuals in relation to a CFSA child:

(i) A parent by birth, adoption, or marriage;

(ii) A relative caregiver, as that term is defined in § 4-251.01(3A);

(ii) A grandparent, as that term is defined in § 4-251.01(2);

(iv) A close relative, as that term is defined in § 4-251.21(2); and

(v) A court-ordered legal custodian or guardian;

(D) A foster parent, as that term is defined in § 4-1303.81(1);

(E) An employee of CFSA;

(F) A contracted employee of CFSA;

(G) A court-appointed special advocate or guardian ad litem, an attorney of a CFSA child, or a CFSA child's parent or caregiver; and

(H) An individual with first-hand knowledge of an administrative act of CFSA or a CFSA affiliate.

(7) "Office" means the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children.

(8) "Ombudsperson" or "Ombudsperson for Children" means the administrator of the Office.

(9) "Record" means any record, document, book, paper, file, photograph, microfilm, sound recording, video recording, magnetic storage media, computer data, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, created, generated, recorded, received, possessed, controlled, accessible, or auditable by an agency.