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Vulnerable Children & Adults Final 02-15-11 -   1.4 - Monthly Visits

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Vulnerable Children & Adults Final 02-15-11
1. Child Safety
2. Child Care Licensing
3. Mental Health
4. Aging & Disability
Action Plan
1.4 Monthly Visits with Children
Are social workers evaluating children's health and safety each month?
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Data Notes
Data Source:

FamLink run date 1-31-11

Measure Definition:

Percent of children that receive a private and individual face-to-face health and safety visit at least once during the calendar month.





Population includes children in out-of-home placement under the age of 18, their placement was open during the entire month (in placement on the 1st day of the month and no discharge during the month), and currently in DCFS care and custody; includes visits by others (e.g., Child Placing Agency, Interstate Compact).  Excludes attempted visits.  In October 2010, the Monthly Visit data report was replaced with a new report from the Data Warehouse, which is still being validated.  Among other changes, the new report better accounts for dependent children in their homes (trial return home), which adds nearly 1,000 children to the total.

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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

An average of 94% of children requiring health and safety visits—7,731 children out of 8,255—were visited each month during the September-November 2010 quarter, near the target of 95%. 

The 95% target was met consistently between March and October 2010.  Performance in November 2010 declined to 92%.  Performance was impacted by inclement weather causing scheduled visits to be postponed, and the difficulty of scheduling around the November holidays.  In addition, in November 2010, direct service social workers were subject to their first temporary layoff day due to budget cuts. 

Conducting quality monthly visits with children in out-of-home care is a critical component of the child welfare system.  Regular visits help engage children and parents in case planning and support their progress toward meeting identified goals. 

Solution-Based Casework is the family-based practice model used by social workers to identify safety threats to children and build on family strengths to alleviate the threats.  During visits, social workers apply engagement skills, interviewing techniques, family life cycle development frameworks, and relapse prevention techniques.