§4 ch7: Begin Work With The Family/Child(ren)
7.3.1 Meeting/Working with the Family
It is recommended that the Children’s Service Worker should meet in the parents' home (or each parent’s home if not living together) one time per week during the first 30 days of custody. The worker should then meet with the parents in the home a minimum of one time per month thereafter. During these scheduled times together, staff should utilize the CD-14 and CD-14 A tools to address the following issues:
- Family background information;
- Familial interaction and communication styles;
- Basic standards for environmental health and safety
- Changes in family circumstances, such as household composition, loss of employment, or relocation, that would alert the worker to elevated risk or immediate safety concern;
- Resources needed in areas of budgeting, family planning, behavior management as requested by the family or directly related to child’s out-of-home placement;
- Progress in Written Service Agreement; and
- Family’s perception of treatment and of out-of-home care providers.
The Parental Home Visit Checklist, CD-83, should be completed during the first 30 days. Both announced and unannounced visits should be utilized. Staff are encouraged to utilize the form at the 24-hour meeting and at the last visit prior to the 30-day FST meeting to assess the home for possible return or visits in the home. A copy of the form should be retained and kept in the assessment and services section of the case record.
Chapter Memoranda History: (prior to 1/31/07)