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Child Welfare: Pieces to a Puzzle. Advocacy. CPS Process. Policy. Concepts & Definitions. Purpose and Goals of CPS. Purpose: Teach CPS skills and knowledge Emphasize Family-Centered Practice Principles Goals: Differentiate case manager roles - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Child Welfare: Pieces to a Puzzle AdvocacyConcepts &

DefinitionsPolicyCPS ProcessPurpose and Goals of CPSPurpose:Teach CPS skills and knowledgeEmphasize Family-Centered Practice Principles

Goals:Differentiate case manager rolesIdentify the purpose, principles of Concept-Guided Risk Assessment ProcessIdentify expectations based on Behavioral AnchorsSeven Concepts, AKAChild VulnerabilityCaregiver CapabilityQuality of CareMaltreatment PatternHome EnvironmentSocial EnvironmentResponse to InterventionSeven Areasof ConcernOrSeven RiskFactorsPermanency Outcome 1Children have permanency and stability in their living arrangements.Reunification, guardianship, or permanent placement with relatives To determine whether concerted efforts were made or are being made to achieve reunification, guardianship or permanent placement with relatives in a timely manner.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 68% of the cases reviewed

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?Document all efforts to provide services to parents (including fathers) to enable them to provide a safe and stable home for their child(ren)Document contacts with family and attempts to assist them in obtaining access to services (transportation, funding, in-home providers, etc.).Document efforts to assist relatives with support services to create a permanent home for children.Document legal support for relatives to obtain legal custody of children still in their home prior to closing a CPS Family Preservation case.Document the efforts parents are making toward achieving their goals and any systemic barriers preventing them form obtaining services.Permanency Outcome 2The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children.Preserving connections To determine whether concerted efforts were made or are being made to maintain the childs connections to his or her neighborhood, community, faith, extended family, tribe, school and friends.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 65% of the cases reviewed

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?CPS Case Managers should consider all these losses PRIOR TO placing a child in DFCS custody and document his/her efforts:

to keep child in their home school or school system.to assist children in maintaining their friendships.to maintain family relationships.to involve parents in school activities, holiday activities, important events in the childs life and in decision making.to maintain the child in community programs.Safety Outcome 1Children are protected from abuse and neglect.Timeliness of initiating investigations of reports of child maltreatment. To determine whether the responses to all accepted child maltreatment reports were initiated, and face to face contact made with each victim child within the timeframes established by the agency policies or state statue.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 76% of the cases reviewedSo how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?If you are an investigator respond early to newly assigned reports of maltreatment and document the hour and minute of your contacts.Clearly document your diligent efforts to make contact with child victims.Document each child victim is seen When having difficulty making contact, seek supervisory assistance prior to the response time deadline.Utilize and document contact with OFI staff for other contact numbers, employment information and household membersWhen making a CPS referral, be very specific and provide as much information regarding access to the family as possible.Safety vs. Risk AssessmentSafety Assessment ~ completed for every child identified in an investigation to determine whether he/she is currently safe in his/her present condition.Risk Assessment ~ completed on every family to determine the likelihood of future maltreatment to the children.Well Being Outcome 3Children receive adequate services to meet his/her physical and mental health needs. Physical Health of the child To determine whether concerted efforts were made or are being made to address the physical health needs of the child, including dental needs.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 82% of the cases reviewed

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?Clearly document any physical health needs of all household members.Document medical appointments and immunizations for children.For Families receiving FPS, document how medical or physical health may influence risk to the child and family and any services provided to meet those needs.Regularly document the effects medicines may be having on a child and adult and assess the risk indicators for the child. Seek medical consultation as necessary.Well Being Outcome 3Children receive adequate services to meet his/her physical and mental health needs. Mental Health of the child To determine whether the agency made concerted efforts to address the mental/behavioral health needs of the child(ren)

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 56% of the cases reviewedonly 36% in CPS FPS

Well Being Outcome 3Children receive adequate services to meet his/her physical and mental health needs. Mental Health of the child To determine whether the agency made concerted efforts to address the mental/behavioral health needs of the child(ren)

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 56% of the cases reviewedonly 36% in CPS FPS

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?Document collateral contacts with treatment providers on a regular basis inclusive of progress made, frequency of treatment and appropriateness of treatment.If the child has a Mental Health diagnosis, but is not in treatment clearly document why (professional statement indicating no treatment is necessary, barriers to treatment, etc.)If a child has a diagnosis on a school IEP for behavioral or Mental health, clearly document how those needs are being met.For CPS cases, clearly address how Mental Health affects the identified risk and any services being utilized to assist the family.3 Likely outcomes ~Safety DecisionsUnsafe ~ The child (victim) and caretaker (perpetrator) must be separated this evening

Conditionally Safe ~ The child may or may not remain in the home dependent on what makes him conditionally safe

Safe ~ The case may or may not be closed based on the risk assessment (even when children are considered safe now)Well Being Outcome 1Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their childrens needs. Case Manager visits with parent(s) To determine whether the frequency and quality of visits between Case Managers and the parents of the child(ren) are sufficient to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of the child and promote achievement of case goals.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 29% of the cases reviewed

So how can I influence this outcomeas a Case Manager?Document contacts with parents inclusive of discussions related to all identified risk factors, Family plan goals and identified safety areas.Document discussion with parent(s) regarding the services provided (inclusive of progress toward goals, value of services provided, frequency of services provided, permanency planning and resources available to provide support).Document all contacts with paternal families and the inclusion of paternal families in the case management process. Well Being Outcome 2Children receive appropriate services to meettheir educational needs. Educational needs of the child To determine whether concerted efforts were made or are being made to assess childrens educational needs at the initial contact with the child and on an ongoing basis as well as whether identified needs were appropriately addressed in case planning and case management activities.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 78% of the cases reviewed.only 29% for CPS FPS.

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?Clearly assess and document the educational needs of all of the children in a home (FC and CPS).Document any services identified in the childs IEP.Document any services provided by the agency and or community to meet each childs educational needs.Document the influence any educational need may have on the identified risk in the home.Document support services provided to relative caregivers related to educational needs of the child. What can DFCS do to keep families together?

Train competent Case Managers

Creatively seek solutions during crisis

Wrap many services around the family before there is a crisis

Genuinely support families toward change Safety Outcome 2Children are safely maintained in their own homesServices to family to protect child(ren) in the home and prevent removal or re-entry into foster care.To determine whether the agency made concerted efforts to provide services to the family to prevent childrens entry into foster care or re-entry after reunification.

2007 Review rated this item as a strength in 71% of the cases reviewed

So how can I influence this outcome as a Case Manager?Thoroughly review any assessments provided on a case (may have been completed by a co-worker or contracted provider).Review and document history for prior services and the influence on the family.Identify and provide services based on the assessments and risk for each child and family memberinclude all household members.Clearly document any services suggested and/or provided and relate it to the assessed need of the family/child.Review, on a regular basis, the services being provided with your consumer to ensure services are being provided by contracted vendors, to ensure the service is meeting the customers needs an to evaluate for progress being made as a result of the service provided.Provide referrals and initiate s

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