Maine has responded to the new federal compliance

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Maine has responded to the new federal compliance requirement that a given child must be seen each month of the federal fiscal year as evidenced by the first report back to the Administration for Children and Families: District Fiscal year 2008 (goal was 60%) Status 1 66% Above 2008 goal 2 83% Above 2010 goal (80%) 3 90% At 2011 goal (90%) 4 58% Below 2008 goal 5 61% Above 2008 goal Maine CFSR Statewide Assessment 118 March 2009
District Fiscal year 2008 (goal was 60%) Status 6 61% Above 2008 goal 7 91% Above 2011 goal (90%) 8 76% Above 2009 goal (70%) State Average 72% Above FY09 goal (70%) Since two districts are already meeting the ACF fiscal year 2011 target, we are confident that other districts will be able to improve performance to meet this goal. Item 20: Worker visits with parents. How effective are agency workers in conducting face-to-face visits as often as needed with parents of children in foster care and parents of children receiving in-home services? What do policy and procedure require? The Child and Family Services Policy V. D-1. Child Assessment and Plan specifies frequency of contact between caseworkers and biological parents of children in foster care. Caseworkers are expected to see a child’s parent monthly if the permanency goal is reunification. Visits are to occur in the parent’s home at least quarterly and more often if case circumstances indicate the need. The Child and Family Services Policy IV. D. Child Protection Assessment specifies the need to meet individually with family members and, when needed, with extended family members and other family supports to assess progress. The frequency of caseworker face-to-face visits with the child and family should be at least monthly. What changes in performance and practice have been made since the previous CFSR? The 2003 CFSR rated Item 20 an area needing improvement because in 60% of the applicable cases, reviewers determined that the frequency and/or quality of the caseworker visits with Maine CFSR Statewide Assessment 119 March 2009
parents was not sufficient to monitor the safety and well-being of the child or promote the attainment of case goals. The 2004 PIP required that DHHS increase and enhance caseworker face-to-face contacts with parents by clarifying policy guidelines. This was accomplished in the Child Protection Assessment policy in 2005, with further clarification of purpose added in 2007. For parents of children in foster care, the policy was also clarified in 2005, with further clarification of purpose added in 2008. Regarding implementation tracking, a 2006 initiative to track this information by aggregating supervisor monthly ‘hand counts’ was discontinued later that year, due to inconsistencies between MACWIS and hand count data in instances where both were available. That same year the MACWIS ‘worker workload’ report was amended to include the date of most recent face-to- face contact as documented in the MACWIS narrative log header. In 2007 Central Office Child Welfare Management identified monthly contacts as one of their four priorities for district operations.

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