FOSTER AND ADOPTION SERVICES
Post Licensing Support For Licensed Families
Role and Responsibilities of the
FASU Support Worker
Connecticut Department of Children
Effective Date: March 15, 2003 (Revised)
familys FASU support worker shall collaborate with the childs Social Worker,
other DCF staff and community providers to support the licensed familys parenting
The childs Social Worker shall
notify the FASU support worker when a placement is made in a licensed home.
36-55-25.8, "Foster Care"
the FASU Support Worker
relationship between the FASU support worker and the licensed family is key to the success
of the support. Availability, receptiveness, listening skills, trust and communication are
integral parts of building the relationship.
The FASU support worker shall
· when a family is licensed, develop and update a Foster Family
Profile (DCF-2157) which the childs worker can give to the child prior to placement
in the foster home
· within twenty-four (24) hours of notification of a placement,
contact the family to discuss placement suppport needs and available services including
the provision of written information regarding day care
· make a minimum of quarterly in-person contacts and monthly
telephone contacts with the licensed family. Such contacts must be documented in LINK.
· within thirty (30) days of licensure, work with the family to
develop the Resource Family Support Plan, DCF-470. See Policy
41-26-5, "Mandatory Post-Licensing Training Requirements".
· facilitate support groups. See Policy 41-25-20,
· attend a Permanency Planning Team (PPT) meeting if a family on the
support workers caseload is being teamed for adoption or subsidized guardianship
· communicate and collaborate with the childs worker regarding
a possible disruption or during a removal. See below.
· within the first three (3) months after licensure, review the
following topics with the licensed parents in their home, using videotapes and other
· empower families with the techniques of
- DCF policies and procedures governing out-of-home placement of
- DCF responsibilities to licensed parents and children in care
- the respective roles of the FASU support worker and the
childs Social Worker
- the role and responsibilities of licensed parents in achieving
program goals, and
- DCF health policies, common health problems of children in care and
the role of the licensed parents in identifying and accessing appropriate health care
services for children in their care
· provide follow-up when the home is over its licensed capacity and
during any non-conforming placement. See Policies 41-19-2,
"Principles of Foster Care Matching"; and 41-19-3,
"Placements Which Do Not Conform to the Principles of Matching".
· notify the FASU supervisor of any issues or regional practices
identified by the licensed parents which need improvement
· provide follow-up to an investigation or regulatory complaint in
the home. See below.
· notify the HMU Clinical Nurse Coordinator if a child with complex
medical needs is placed with a family that has not yet completed certification training. See
Policy 41-7-3, "Post-Licensing Certificate Training"
· consult with the RRG to ensure the provision of necessary services
for the care of children with complex medical needs or behavioral health needs
· ensure appropriate follow-up when a licensed parent has a positive
test for tuberculosis which requires annual x-rays and medical follow-up with a
- problem identification and resolution,
- advocacy for children within systems;
e.g., with local boards of education
Hotline has accepted a report of alleged abuse or neglect involving a licensed parent, the
assigned investigator shall notify the FASU Program Supervisor.
Upon notification of the allegation, the
FASU Program Supervisor shall
· place the licensed home on hold, and
· confirm that all Social Workers who have children in the home have
been notified of the allegation.
Within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt
of the report and, when possible, prior to commencing the investigation, the investigator
shall meet with the FASU support worker and/or supervisor to
· discuss the allegation
· review the familys history with the Department, and
· determine the level of involvement of the FASU support worker with
the family during the investigation.
FASU staff shall not notify the family of the
report, details of the allegation, or the hold status prior to the investigator making
contact with the family.
When deemed appropriate by a joint
decision of the FASU Program Supervisor and the Investigation Program Supervisor, the FASU
support worker may accompany the investigator to the home.
Within 72 hours of completion of the
investigation, the FASU support worker shall
· visit the family to review the investigation findings and discuss
any further action needed, and
· document the follow-up in LINK narrative.
investigation procedures, see Policy 34-12-9.1,
"Reports of Abuse or Neglect Concerning DCF Family Homes".
|Role When There are
Complaints Involving Regulatory Issues
Department receives a complaint involving a family home that is licensed by DCF or
approved by a private child-placing agency, the Department shall respond promptly.
A complaint regarding a DCF
licensed home or a private agency approved home
· may involve a regulatory issue, and
· does not meet the criteria for acceptance as a report of alleged
abuse or neglect as determined by the Hotline.
Cross-Reference: For the
procedures to respond to such complaints, including the role of the FASU support worker,
see Policy 41-25-26, "Complaints Involving Licensed or
Approved Family Homes".
When a foster
parent first identifies a problem which may cause the placement to disrupt, the foster
parent shall notify
· the childs worker, if the problem is related to the
childs behavior or condition; or
· the support worker, if the problem is not child related.
If the support worker learns of a
child-related issue, he/she shall notify the childs worker for follow-up.
In any of the above situations, the
childs worker and the support worker shall communicate with each other regarding the
problem. If needed, the workers may consult with the Regional Resource Group.
As needed by the case situation, the
involved workers shall meet with the foster parent to
· attempt to resolve the problem and avert a crisis or emergency
· arrange for placement preservation services, such as
· develop a contingency plan in the event the placement cannot be
- Intensive Family Preservation
- Parent Aides
- Respite Care
- FAST Program
- Birth toThree
- other community services, and
If the placement cannot be maintained, the
childs worker shall notify the FASU matcher of the need for a new placement and any
|Support During the
placement cannot be preserved, and whether DCF initiates the removal of a child or a
foster parent requests the removal, the childs worker, supervisor and, when
possible, the foster parents shall meet to plan for the childs transition to another
· 36-55-15, "Moving a Child
in Foster Care"
· 36-55-20, "Placement
worker shall arrange, attend and document in LINK the occurrence of a disruption
conference for any child whose placement is disrupting and a new placement has been