DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 19: How To...
19-4 How to Refer a Client to a Parent Education Program

 

How To...
19-4  How to Refer a Parent to a Parent Education Program
Reference Points
Overview
When to Recommend Parenting Education
Mandated vs. Voluntary Referrals
How to Access Parenting Class Schedules
How to Initiate a Referral
Successful Completion of Classes
When a Client Is Terminated from Classes
How to Access Class Attendance


Reference Points
Effective Date: TBA
Last Updated: 1/15/14
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word

DFCS Special Funds Request (SCZ 414Z) - Parent Education

(Located on the S: drive, SCZ414Z _ MASTER _LIST)



Overview  

Parenting education is a service provided to clients to improve their parenting skills.  A parenting education program provides an opportunity for parents to learn about child development so that the parents' expectations of their child is age appropriate.  Non-physical methods of discipline are also discussed so that parents learn options for providing structure for their child without resorting to physical punishment.

Parent education is a contracted service with various community agencies.

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When to Recommend Parenting Education  

Generally, parent education is recommended for parents who have demonstrated that they have been physically abusive with or neglectful of their child.   Most parents who come through the child welfare system can benefit from instruction on parenting.  Parenting education is always recommended as a Court order when an allegation is sustained on a petition which involves physical abuse or neglect.

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Mandated vs. Voluntary Referrals  

Mandated referrals refer to those that are submitted as a result of a Court order.  Voluntary referrals are those that are submitted as a result of the parents' voluntary agreement to attend classes as part of Voluntary Family Maintenance (VFM) or Informal Supervision (IS) services, when the Court is not involved in the case.   Whether the service is mandated or voluntary, it should be included in the parent's' CWS/CMS case plan, as well as in VFM and IS Agreements. 

The referral procedure is the same for both mandated and voluntary services.

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How to Access Parenting Class Schedules  

To access the current schedule of parenting classes, the social worker:

  • Goes to the G: drive on the computer
  • Opens the Parent Education Folder
  • Clicks the current Parenting Education Class Schedule
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How to Initiate a Referral  

To initiate a referral for parenting education, the social worker:

    1. Completes the DFCS Request (SCZ 414Z) - Parent Education
      • To access the form:
        • Go to the S: Drive Click SCZ414Z
        • Click SCZ414Z_MASTER_LIST
        • Enable Macros and under Service Requests click on Parent Education.
    2. Has the parent sign the Parent Education form.
    3. Make a copy for the case file.
    4. Submits the original form to the Parent Education Coordinator, Rosa Benns.
      • Email: ParentEducation@ssa.sccgov.org
      • Pony: 591 N. King Road, SJ 95133
      • Fax: (408)-793-8810
      • Telephone: (408) 793-8815

The client receives an enrollment letter at least five (5) days prior to the class start date to confirm the class date, time, place and type. 

A copy of the letter is attached to a Memo and sent to the social worker, requesting that the social worker contact the client to remind the client of the class. 

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Successful Completion of Classes   When a client completes a program of parenting education, the instructor completes an assessment of the client's participation in the class and understanding of the material.  The original of the assessment is sent to the social worker.  It is filed in the case file and a copy of it may be attached to a court report as documentation.
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When a Client Is Terminated from Classes  

If a client misses 3 classes, he/she is terminated from the program of classes in which he/she was enrolled, unless the third missed class is the result of a death in the family or hospitalization of the client. 

The social worker will receive a letter of termination to inform the worker that the client is terminated from the program of classes in which the client was enrolled. 

Note: The social worker must resubmit an SCZ 414Z to re-enroll the client in another program of classes.

 

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How To Access Class Attendance  

Social workers can access the most current information regarding a client's attendance in a parent education class by going to the G:drive, parent education folder. 

To get to the G: drive:

  • Left click on the Start button at the bottom left of the computer screen
  • Click My Computer
  • Click G: drive
  • Double click file name, Parenting Education
  • Double click the title of the parenting class in which the client is enrolled (e.g. Triple P, Nurturing Fathers, Parenting Without Violence)
  • Double click the listing for the class with the start-date in which the client is enrolled (e.g. Triple P, Nurturing Fathers)
  • Close the document when finished

Parent Education participant’s class attendance will be updated weekly and posted in the G: drive Parent Education folder.

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Contacts  

Rosa Benns, Parent Education Coordinator

591 N. King Road, San Jose, CA 95133

Tel: 408-793-8815

Email: Rosalva.Benns@ssa.sccgov.org 

 

 

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