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Handbook 5: In Home Care and Services
5-2  Home Supervision

 

In Home Care and Services
5-2  Home Supervision

Reference Points

Overview
Purpose
Who Can Use the Home Supervision Program (HSP)
Length of HSP Services
Home Supervision Program Referral Form and Agreement
Responsibilities of the Home Supervision Social Worker
HSP Social Workers' Contacts
Responsibilities of the Referring Social Worker
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: TBA
Last Updated: 12/01/2004
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word DFCS Home Supervision Program Referral Form and Agreement
MS Word Checklist of Health and Safety Standards (SOC 817)
 CWS/CMS Forms:
bullet Services Management Section:  Contact Notebook
bullet Checklist of Health and Safety Standards (SOC 817)


Overview  

The Home Supervision Program (HSP) provides support services to families and children during the Dependent Intake investigation process. The services enable a child to maintain contact with his/her parents and other family members through intensive supervision and monitoring of the child and his/her family. In some cases it also allows the child to remain in a familiar home setting, with parents, grandparents or relatives, pending disposition of the case.   HSP services may be initiated by a DI social worker or may be ordered by the Court at the Detention Hearing.

The HSP is part of the Early Intervention unit in the Court Intervention Services Bureau. Home Supervision Program social workers are located at 373 West Julian Street, Department and Family Children's Services.

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Purpose  

The Home Supervision Program is a cornerstone of child safety planning in the Dependent Intake process. The purpose of the program is to serve families in the following ways:

  • Keeps the child connected to his/her family through frequent supervised visits.
  • Maintains a child in a familiar home setting or, ideally, in his/her own home, whenever safely possible.  
  • Provides numerous referrals to other community services so that the family can begin necessary services as soon as possible.
  • Helps the family carry out the specific orders and conditions of the Juvenile Court, if services are court ordered, pending disposition of
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Who Can Use the Home Supervision Program (HSP)  

The Home Supervision Program was established to support only Dependent Intake social workers in providing services during the DI investigation. In limited circumstances, if resources permit, HSP social workers will provide services for cases in the Informal Supervision unit.

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Length of HSP Services  

HSP services begin from the date of assignment to the HSP social worker. Services end at the time the child is adjudged a court dependent or, if the case does not go to court, at the time the case is closed or transferred out of Dependent Intake.

If a case is pending transfer to the Informal Supervision (IS) or Intensive Family Services (IFS) program, it may be referred to the Home Supervision Program upon the approval of the Early Intervention supervisor who supervises the HSP unit. The Home Supervision social worker will continue services until services are picked up by the IS or IFS social worker.

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Home Supervision Program Referral Form and Agreement  

The forms that must be submitted to request services from the Home Supervision Program are the Home Supervision Program Referral Form and Agreement. On the Referral Form the social worker fills in case identification information, the reason for the referral and the family demographics. The Agreement specifies the rules of and conditions for Home Supervision services. It is filled out by the social worker in conjunction with the parents/caretakers, so that they understand what they can expect and what is expected of them. On the Agreement, the social worker details the services and activities that are needed, so that the instructions to the HSP social worker are clear. The Agreement must be signed by the parents/caretakers and, if appropriate, by the child.

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Responsibilities of the Home Supervision Social Worker  

The responsibilities of the HSP social worker include:

  • In-home Services:
    • Maintain frequent contact with the child and parents to monitor child's safety.
    • Check and assist with ongoing home safety issues.
    • Monitor the parents' compliance with court orders or the voluntary agreement.
    • Review the service plan with the clients to clarify service requirements.
    • Work with the families to provide role modeling, crisis intervention and crisis resolution.
    • Unannounced home visits.
  • School Services:
    • Maintain contact with school officials, as necessary.
    • Observe the child in the school setting.
    • Gather information from school personnel about the child.
  • Drug Testing:
    • Conduct full screen drug tests on parents and collateral case participants in the following locations: in-home, office, Children's Center, Court and other locations as arranged.
      • On-site drug testing is not intended to take the place of court-ordered drug testing at Norchem or another facility.   Drug testing may be done voluntarily or as the result of a court order.
    • When resources allow, HSP social workers will do drug testing for Informal Supervision cases.
  • Supervised Visits:
    • Supervise, monitor and record contacts between parent/caretaker and child.
    • Interact/role model positive parenting behaviors during visits.
  • Case documentation:
    • Prepare and maintain case records regarding HSP services and compliance in CWS/CMS Contact Notebook.
    • Prepare status reports for Juvenile Dependency hearings.
  • Information and Referral Services:
    • Research and identify resources and assist the family with referrals to services.
      • Examples include:
        • Food baskets
        • Clothing
        • Furniture
        • Summer camps
        • Immigration assistance
        • Public Health Nurse
        • WIC
        • Bill payment assistance
        • Housing
        • Special educational needs
  • Translation:
    • Services and translation in Spanish and Vietnamese.
    • Translation of forms for parents and children.
    • Assist with identifying other language resources.
  • Relative Home Approvals:
    • Assistance with home safety approval using form SOC 817.
  • Collateral Contacts:
    • Make and receive calls from collateral professionals related to the case including:
      • Teachers.
      • Therapists.
      • Public Health Nurses.
      • Attorneys.
      • Doctors.
      • Day Care Providers
  • Teamwork with the supervising social worker
    • Frequent sharing of information between the HSP social worker and referring social worker is vital.
    • Inform the referring social worker of any community services that may benefit the child or parents.
    • Keep the referring social worker aware of the child's adjustment and the parents' compliance with the service agreement.
    • Assist Dependent Intake social worker with removing the child from the home, when necessary to ensure the child's safety.
    • In the event that any professional differences of opinion occur, a conference with the referring social worker's and HSP social worker's supervisor should be scheduled immediately for discussion and resolution.
  • Emergency Assistance Applications:
    • A HSP social worker is assigned to assist parents in completing the Emergency Assistance Application at court each morning.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Set up visits with other visitation programs such Kindred Souls.
    • Participate in Team Decision Making meetings and Family Conferences.
    • Appear in Court for testifying, when necessary.
    • Prepare and submit applications for Family Preservation funds.
    • Assist with Victim Witness referrals.
    • Provide transportation when other arrangements cannot be made.
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HSP Social Workers' Contacts  

While contacts by the HSP social worker can be counted as minimum monthly contacts for audit purposes, they do not replace the overall responsibility of the assigned referring social worker.  HSP social workers are not responsible for making assessments. Feedback from the HSP social worker provides critical information that the referring social worker uses to make an assessment and determine recommendations, such as early return from out of home placement. Good social work practice entails the social worker maintaining enough contact to assure the ongoing functioning of the family and safety of the child.

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Responsibilities of the Referring Social Worker  

To receive services from the Home Supervision Program, the referring social worker:

  • Completes the DFCS Home Supervision Referral Form and Agreement, which the parents/caretakers must sign.
  • Explains to the parents/caretakers the conditions of the Home Supervision Agreement.
  • Discusses alternative plans with the HSP social worker, should the parents/caregivers not comply with the conditions for services.
  • Works as part of a team with the HSP social worker:
    • Frequent sharing of information between the referring social worker and the HSP social worker is vital.
    • Follow up on resources or services for the family suggested by the HSP social worker.
    • In the event that any professional differences of opinion occur, a conference with the referring social worker's and HSP social worker's supervisor should be scheduled immediately for discussion and resolution.
  • Contacts the HSP supervisor to obtain approval for continued HSP services, pending the start of services by an Informal Supervision (IS) social worker, if the case is being transferred to the IS program.
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Other References  
PDF CWS/CMS Contact Notebook
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