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DFCS Intervention

Published on: 6/13/2017 4:41 PM

If the information received by the Child Abuse and Neglect Center (CANC) social worker indicates that an in-person response is needed to assess the situation, an Emergency Response social worker is sent to interview the child, parents, and any other individual who may assist in the assessment. The Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) uses a differential response model, applying services to meet the specific needs of the child and family. The services are culturally appropriate and focused on keeping the family together, whenever possible, with referrals to community services. DFCS may continue to monitor families in which the children remain home. If a child must be removed from the family home, services for the parents begin, immediately, in an effort to resolve the circumstances that resulted in the child’s removal. Team Decision Making (TDM) meetings are held and include family members, individuals in the community who the family identifies as significant, and professionals who may be of support to the family. At the TDM, plans are made for the child and include input from all of the participants.