Home Visits with Children

What is the purpose of a Home Visit?

The purpose of a home visit is to assess the risk, safety and well- being of the child as well as address concerns and needs of the child and/or caregivers, determine appropriateness of the placement and provide the caregivers with the progress of the case. 

When must a Home Visit be done?

·         Initial face-to face (FTF) contact with the child and caregiver is to occur within 2 working days after the case is accepted for services at the child’s current place of residence. 

·         When a child is in Shelter status (The legal status that begins when the child is taken into protective custody of the department and ceases when the court: grants custody to a parent and/or after a child is adjudicated) FTF contact shall occur every seven days.

·         Once the child has been Adjudicated Dependant (after Disposition) by the Court FTF contact is required with each child a minimum of once every 25 days and in each calendar month at the child’s current place of residence. FTF contacts must occur more frequently when the child’s situation dictates more frequent contact as assessed by the case manager and the case manager supervisor.

·         At least once every three months the case manager will make an unannounced visit to the child’s current place of residence. 

·         Once a child in run away status returns, a FTF home visit must take place with the child within 24 hours of notification to assess the safety and well being and determine the reason for the run.

Expectations/Guidelines of a Home Visit:

·         Meet with the child and caregivers in their current residence.

·         Speak with each child individually, alone and away from others, to assess child’s      adjustment, progress, needs and/or concerns and overall well-being.

·         Observe interactions between the caregivers/family members and the child.

·         Examine the child for cleanliness, health, and signs of injury, abuse and/or neglect.

·         Evaluate the home environment for appropriateness and safety.

·         Discuss safety plans actions to monitor/modify

·         Discuss concerns and/or needs with the caregiver and provide referrals for services.

·         Discuss case plan progress and task updates.

·         Inform the caregiver and child (if age appropriate) of upcoming court hearings, staffings, etc.

·         Obtain updates and copies of the child’s medical and dental records, appointments, procedures, prescriptions and dosage.

·         Discuss psychotropic medication and complete specific requirements/forms  (if applicable)

·         Discuss educational progress and obtain copies of the child’s educational records (if age appropriate).

·         Obtain updated photographs of the child using the MindShare application on your phone.

·         Sign the Child Resource Record and review it during each home visit to ensure that information is current.

·         Follow up on previous concerns or referrals with caregiver and/or the child.

·         Document where the child sleeps and who (if applicable) sleeps in the bedroom with the child.

·         Discuss family visitation arrangements, outcomes from child’s perspective (parents, siblings, grandparents)

·         Independent Living Skills (if applicable)

·         Document home visit information in FSFN within 48 hours of the FTF visit occurring.