Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.  

Treatment Foster Care Program

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I. Administration Agency Experience. Risk Management. Financial Stability. Board Oversight. Agency Qualifications. Training, Background Checks 
II. Design Mission, Vision, Goals, Values. Treatment Foster Care. Respite. Counseling. Youth Served. Youth Not Served. Other Services.
III. Integration Referral and Matching. Treatment Plan. Progress Report.  Independent Living. Discharge. Medical, Dental, Eye Exams, Client Files. 
IV. Adaptability On-call Assistance & Crisis Intervention.  Dealing with Potentially Explosive Situations.  Linkages to Community Resources.
V. Training Pre-Service Training.  In-Service Training:: foster parents & staff. Qualifications. Training Curriculums. Sample In-Service Topics.
VI. Evaluation Evaluation Explanation.  Model.  Methodology.  Tools.    
VII. Financial Costs of Services.  Rates: Regular Foster Care.  Treatment Foster Care. Medical Needs Foster Care.  Mother and Child.  Basic Rate.
VIII. Self-Sufficiency Program Overview, Problem Statement, Target Population, Goals and Objectives, Methodology, Costs
IX. SS Expectations Clients in the Self-Sufficiency Program in scattered site housing are expected to comply with these rules and guidelines.

                                  

                                                             

 

 

I.

Administration

 

 

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Agency Experience Providing Treatment for Children

 

 

 

Children’ Sanctuary, Inc. (CSI) is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit, IV-E approved treatment foster care agency based in Fort Wayne, Indiana with programs in Indiana and Ohio. Children’s Sanctuary is licensed by the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration: Division of Family and Children and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  In Indiana the Children's Sanctuary out-of-home treatment program for children and adolescents is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), www.carf.org

Founded by Cecil (Rick) Geary in 1995, Children’s Sanctuary provides treatment foster care in state licensed or certified foster homes, counseling, case management, and family reunification for special needs children and adolescents.  Children’s Sanctuary provides a transitional living in scattered site housing for youth 18 to 21.  To date, Children’s Sanctuary has provided services for more than 1,500 neglected and abused children with serious emotional, behavioral, or medical problems. 

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. is a member of the Indiana Association of Residential Child-Care Agencies (IARCCA), the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA), and The Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA).  We provide membership to Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association (IFCAA) for our foster parents.

Children’s Sanctuary is managed by Res-Care, Inc. one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of human services. www.rescare.com

 

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Risk Management: Deficiencies and Litigation

 

 

 

Risk Management is an integral part of the operation of Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.  Client and employee safety are top priorities.  Employees and foster parents undergo extensive background checks including criminal history and driving records. Employees and foster parents are trained in CSI policies and procedures for reporting accidents, illness, abuse or neglect of a client, and critical incidents involving clients and staff.  Staff and foster parents are trained in accident prevention, and crisis intervention.  Children’s Sanctuary complies fully with the Res-Care, Inc. Risk Management Program. 

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. maintains Best in Class in management of its programs and business practices and Best Practices in finance and administration.  The agency complies with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Workmen’s Compensation, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Compliance reviews are conducted quarterly.  Results are available to the public on the agency website: www.childrenssanctuary.org.       

 

 

 

 

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Deficiencies: None. Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. holds up-to-date child placing licenses and contracts in Indiana and Ohio. The Indiana Division of Family and Children and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services review CSI’s programs, standards, and policies annually for compliance with state rules and regulations.

 

 

 

 

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Litigation: Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. carries liability insurance on its directors and officers, staff, foster parents, vehicles and property.  Staff and foster parents must show proof of auto insurance and maintain safe driving records.

     

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Financial Stability, Board Oversight, Agency Qualifications

 

 

 

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Financial Stability of the Agency: Children’s Sanctuary maintains surplus revenue to sustain the operation at optimum levels while awaiting per-diem payments from county and state agencies. The aging cycle on receivables is 60 days. Children’s Sanctuary receives additional funds through donations and grants.  Children’s Sanctuary undergoes a financial audit each year from an independent certified public accountant.

 

 

 

 

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The Board of Directors reviews and approves all programs and policies of Children's Sanctuary, Inc. and the care and treatment of the children placed in Sanctuary foster homes.  The Board reviews and approves the annual budget and expenditures from surplus revenue and unspecified donation funds. The Board assists the Executive Director in communicating fiscal and program needs to the community.  The Board is comprised of volunteers from the community without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or political affiliation who have a wide range of skills and abilities and are representative of the population served by the agency.

 

 

 

 

 

The Board  

Is composed of seven or more members.

Meets quarterly or more often as needed.  

Maintains written documentation of each meeting  

Is the main authority for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the public agency’s administrative regulation and federal, state and local laws.

Recruits and appoints the Executive Director.  

Obtains a complete background and criminal history check of the Executive Director prior to his or her appointment and annually thereafter.

Approves the mission statement delineating the purpose, objective, and scope of services to be provided.  

Approves Intake policy specifying type of child to be accepted for care.

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Qualifications and Experience of Agency: Cecil R. Geary is the founder, CEO, and Executive Director of Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.  He is a master’s level social worker with twenty-five years experience managing programs for children and adolescents.  Children’s Sanctuary maintains a Regional Director at each of its sites.  The Regional Director has a graduate or undergraduate degree in Social Work or a related field and two or more years of experience with a placing agency.  The Treatment (Clinical) Director has a graduate degree in Social Work or a related field and five years clinical experience working with families and children.  Children’s Sanctuary case managers have graduate or undergraduate degrees in social work or a related field and two or more years experience with a placing agency.  A voluntary board of directors in each state maintains community oversight of all Children’s Sanctuary programs and services.
 

 

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The Executive Director is responsible to the Board for the management of the agency including recruitment, training, and supervision of qualified staff. The Executive Director is responsible for the child-placing agency and its affiliates pursuant to the child-placing facility’s written policy.  The Executive Director is responsible for developing and overseeing programs, policies, and reviewing the program and policies annually.  The Executive Director oversees fund raising activities and public relations.   He or she is available to the staff, clients, and stakeholders.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors at each quarterly meeting.  He or she evaluates program services, addresses measurable goals, staff training, and incident reports.  The Board approves the criteria and process of the evaluation.  If the Executive Director is not available, a designated staff person is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the child-placing program.  

Minimum Qualification: The Executive Director has a graduate degree in Social Work; Sociology; Psychology; Counseling; Education; Religious Ministry; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Public Administration; Child-care Administration; Nursing; Family Studies; or other human service field related to working with children and families.  He or she has five years work experience as an administrator of a human services program.

 

 

 

 

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The Regional Director is responsible to the Executive Director for the management of the agency’s regional programs.  The Regional Director works with the Treatment Director in providing supervision, support, and training to the recruiter/trainers, case management staff, and foster parents. The Regional Director works with the Recruiter/Trainer, Treatment Director and case managers to develop, monitor, and evaluate treatment foster parents and the treatment foster care program in his or her region.  

The Regional Director is responsible for quality assurance in his or her region. The Regional Director works with the Treatment Director and case managers to monitor the program’s effectiveness in the care and treatment of children and families with a variety of social, psychological and medical needs.  The Regional Director communicates frequently with the public placing agency to assure that optimum services are provided to the child and his or her family in accordance with the public agency’s case plan and expectations.  He or she participates in meetings with public agency representatives, biological parents, foster parents, foster children, and other interested parties and agencies to assess the ongoing needs and expected outcomes of children in out-of-home placement.  The Regional Director attends board meetings and provides feedback on service delivery, quality, and needs to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The Regional Director provides the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, public placing agencies and other interested parties a quarterly service review of the program in his or her region.

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum Qualifications: The Regional Director has a graduated degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Counseling, or a related mental health field and two years professional experience working with troubled children and families.  He or she may have an undergraduate degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Counseling, or a related mental health field and five years professional experience working with troubled children and families.  

 

 

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The Treatment (Clinical) Director: The Treatment Director is responsible to the Executive Director and Regional Director for the overall mental health program of the agency.  This includes supervision of treatment foster parents and foster care social workers in the delivery of services to foster children.  The Treatment Director provides individual treatment planning for each foster child and ongoing staffing with a treatment team.  

As the chief clinician for the agency, the Treatment Director makes mental health recommendations for client children and their families.  The Treatment Director provides individual or family therapy as needed or recommends treatment with a therapist in the community.  The Treatment Director provides monthly, quarterly, and six-month reviews of each child’s treatment to the placing agency and other concerned parties as indicated in the child’s treatment plan.  

Minimum Qualifications: The Treatment Director has a graduated degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or a related field and five or more years experience in the mental health treatment of troubled children and their families.

 

 

 

 

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The Home Resource Coordinator is responsible to the Regional Director and Executive Director for recruitment, training, and retention of qualified foster parents.  He or she is responsible for assuring that all treatment staff and foster parents maintain up-to-date training and knowledge in all aspects of working with troubled children and their families. He or she recruits foster parents and provides pre-service training according to each state’s approved training curriculum.  He or she provides or recruits trainers in the community to provide in-service training for foster parents and case management staff.   

Minimum Qualifications: The Home Resource Coordinator has a graduate degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Counseling, or related field and two years experience working with troubled children and their families.  An undergraduate degree in a human service related field and five years experience working with troubled children and their families may be considered in lieu of a graduate degree.

 

 

 

 

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The Foster Care Social Worker is responsible to the Regional Director and the Treatment Director. CSI social workers provide casework, counseling, and guidance to children and their families and supervision, guidance and support to foster families.  They work closely with the Treatment Director and public placing agency caseworker to maximize each child’s treatment.  They help develop treatment plans and participate in treatment meetings.  They help the child adjust to placement and the external environment.  They assist in reunification, aftercare, and adoption.  They attend all court and review hearings and submit monthly progress reports to the public placing agency.  The social worker is the liaison and advocate for the foster child with the schools, public placing agency, court, and health and social services. 

CSI social workers carry maximum caseloads of 15 children.  They maintain weekly contact with the child and foster family and visit each child and foster family two or more times each month.  The visit the child away from the foster home one or more times a month.  A Case Manager and a Supervisor are on-call 24 hours, seven days a week for emergencies.  

Minimum Qualifications: The Foster Care Social Worker has a graduate degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or related human services field and two years experience working with troubled children and their families.  An undergraduate degree in a human service field and five years experience may be considered in lieu of a graduate degree.  

 

 

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The Director of Financial Operations is responsible to the Executive Director for all business aspects of the agency.  As the senior accountant for the agency, the Director of Financial Operations oversees accounts, payable and receivable and prepares agency financial reports for the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, the federal IV-E program, and other funding sources. The Director of Financial Operations helps prepare and maintain the annual budget.  He or she works cooperatively with independent auditors, the state, and other financial agencies reviewing Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. financial records.  

The Director of Financial Operations provides guidance to the Executive Director, the Business Manager, and Regional Directors in personnel actions, i.e., recruitment, promotion, termination, grievance, insurance, retirement, and staff training related to policies and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications: The Director of Financial Operations has an undergraduate degree in Business, Business Administration, or Management.  He or she has two years accounting experience and understands modern accounting principles. An associate’s degree and five years professional experience may be considered in lieu of the above requirement.

 

 

 

 

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The Business Manager works under the direction of the Director of Financial Operations.  The Business Manager manages the agency’s home office and provides supervision and guidance to office personnel at regional locations.  He or she oversees the office needs and daily expenditures of the agency.  The Business Manager monitors labor hours, prepare payroll, and works cooperatively with the payroll department at Res-Care, Inc.  He or she assists the Director of Financial Operations in all areas related to human resources.  

As the chief public relations representative, the Business Manager provides marketing and public relations support for the agency.  He or she develops and prepares promotional items, i.e., brochures, pamphlets, newsletters, and advertisements. The Business Manager, or his or her delegate, sets up displays and promotes the agency’s programs at conferences and other public events. He or she prepares news releases and represents the agency to the public and the media.  In all areas of Public Relations, the Business Manager works in close cooperation with the Public Relations Department at Res-Care, Inc.  

Minimum Qualifications: The Business (Public Relations) Manager has an undergraduate degree in Business, Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, or a related field and two years professional experience in business, public relations, communication, journalism, or a related field.  Two years of undergraduate study at a college or university and five years experience in business, public relations, communication, journalism or a related field, may be considered in lieu of the degree. 

 

 

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The Administrative Assistant works under the direction of the Business Manager and the Regional Director.  He or she provides clerical support and record maintenance for all aspects of the program.  He or she answers and directs telephone inquiries, greets and directs visitors, and assist in public relations activities.   

Minimum Requirements: The Administrative Assistant has a high school diploma or equivalent. He or she has two years experience in business, office procedures, and accounting.  He or she has computer, clerical, communication, and writing skills.

 

 

 

 

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The Treatment Foster Parent works under the direction of the Treatment Director and the Foster Care Social Worker.  Foster parents are singles or couples trained to care for children with mild to serious emotional, behavioral, and medical problems.  The Treatment Foster Parent cares for one or two special needs children. The foster parent provides the child with nurturing, behavior management,, public school education, academic help; social and cultural activities, independent living training, safety, and room and board.  Foster parents who work with medically fragile children are trained in medical and nursing procedures specific to the child’s needs.  

CSI foster parents treat each foster child as an integral part of the family. The foster child accompanies the family on trips to cultural and historical places, concerts, museums, amusement parks, and vacations.  CSI foster parents work with the treatment team to develop a treatment plan that addresses the child’s behavioral, social, emotional, academic needs and permanency plan.  The CSI Foster Parent attends court and review hearings, school conferences, and is the chief advocate for the child. He or she provides transportation for the child to school, counseling appointments, medical and dental appointments, visitation, and recreational activities.  The CSI Foster Parent works with the biological parent when indicated in the treatment plan to assist with reunification.  

Minimum Requirements: Treatment Foster Parents are licensed or certified by the state in which they reside to provide foster care services for children and adolescents.  Foster parents must be of good character and model appropriate, positive behavior at all times.  Foster parents complete 36 hours of the state approved pre-service training curriculum, a self-study, and a home study.  They receive additional training in Treatment Crisis Intervention, Universal Precautions, First Aid, and CPR prior to licensing or certification.  Foster parents receive additional training specific to the needs of each child placed in their care. Treatment Foster Parents complete 30 hours in-service training annually.  Children’s Sanctuary evaluates its foster homes monthly.

 

 

 

 

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Training and Background Checks: Children’s Sanctuary staff receive two weeks of orientation and training when hired, and 30 hours in-service training annually. Staff members undergo extensive background checks including references, criminal history, and sex and violent crime registry prior to employment according to each state’s regulations.

Children’s Sanctuary foster parents receive 30 to 36 hours pre-service training and 20 to 30 hours in-service training annually.  Foster parents undergo extensive background checks including references, criminal history, and sex and violent crime registry in accordance with state regulations.

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II.

Program Design

 

 

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Our Vision: Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. strives to provide the child and family, a holistic treatment program that includes the child, biological family, foster family, teachers, public agency workers, and other significant individuals in the child’s life.  We aspire to focus on the emotional, social, medical, and academic needs of the child.

 

 

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Our Mission: Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. will provide care, treatment, and case management for the special needs child in a safe, nurturing home environment with trained treatment foster parents.  We will exert every effort to provide the best care and treatment for the child in the least restrictive environment.  We will work with the court, the public placing agency, the child, the foster parents, and the child’s biological parents, to re-unite the child with his or her family as soon as possible.

 

 

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Our Goal: Our goal is stability and permanence for the child, either through reuniting the child with the biological family, adoption, or self-sufficiency.

 

 

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Our Values:

Every child deserves a safe, permanent home with a nurturing, caring family.
Every child should be treated with dignity and understanding
Every child is an individual with human rights and legal rights
Every child has a right to participate in his or her treatment planning
Reunification with the biological family should be the primary goal for a child.  
Adoption when reunification is not possible

D.

Treatment Foster Care is the care and treatment in a single family home of the neglected, abused child with serious emotional, behavioral, or medical problems.  The Children’s Sanctuary treatment foster care program provides intensive case management services, i.e., weekly contacts with the child and foster family, by-weekly visits to the foster home, counseling, reunification and family preservation.

 

 

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Respite Care refers to the temporary care of a foster child by another foster parent, to give the primary parent a break. CSI foster parents are encouraged to take four days respite each month.  Emergency respite is available for foster parents at all times.  CSI only uses state licensed/certified foster homes for respite.

 

 

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Counseling: Children’s Sanctuary uses a reality oriented family systems approach to counseling. The Treatment Director and Case Manager work with the child, the foster family, and biological family to resolve issues of abuse and neglect, behavior, and thinking. Children who require intensive intervention for serious emotional, medical or education problems are matched with qualified specialists in the community with approval from the public placing agency.  When a child is referred to an outside agency for counseling or psychotherapy, the counselor or therapist contracted for services must meet the minimum academic and professional requirements of the a Treatment Director (see above).  A service agreement with the outside agency specifying services rendered and qualifications of the therapist providing services is kept in the child’s file.

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Transportation:  Foster parents and case managers provide transportation for foster children to and from counseling, medical appointments, visitation, court and other required events in the foster child’s daily life.  Foster parents and case managers are required to have a valid driver’s license and adequate liability auto insurance.

 

 

H.

Youth Served and Criteria for Placement

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. accepts the following youth, birth to age 18, regardless of race, color, religion, handicap, or national origin.  CSI does not maintain a waiting list.  The order of placement is "first come, first serve" and depends on the availability of a foster parent with the training and experience that best matches the youth's needs.  The CSI treatment team will match each child with the most appropriate foster parent   The CSI Treatment Team includes the Treatment Director, case management staff, and the custodial agency worker.  The Treatment Director or his or her delegate makes the final decision on placement.  If an appropriate match is not found, Children's Sanctuary, Inc. will assist the public custodial agency in finding the best possible placement for the youth.

The neglected/abused, child who requires temporary or a pre-adoptive placement. 

The neglected and abused child who cannot be placed in traditional foster care because of his or her degree of emotional and behavioral problems.

Children who are being released from, or, are at risk of, institutional placement.  

Older youth who are hard to place in traditional foster care.  

Teenage mothers with children.  

Physically and mentally handicapped children: Attention Deficit/Hyper-Active, Autistic, learning disabled, mild retardation, cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities that can be managed in a treatment foster home.  

Crack babies, premature babies, children with serious physical injuries, children who require trachea tubes, intestinal tubes, heart monitors, apnea monitors, oxygen, in-home nursing care and numerous trips to the doctor or hospital.

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Youth Not Served by Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.

 

 

 

Some youth, because of the degree of emotional and behavioral problems, or past criminal involvement, may not be appropriate for foster care.

Drug or alcohol dependent youth who needs hospital detoxification and treatment

The youth who has committed homicide, attempted homicide, rape, assault with a deadly weapon, or physical assault that caused serious injury or death of another.  

he child's whose medical condition requires long-term in-patient hospital care.  Children's Sanctuary will consider the child once medical problems are stabilized, the doctor releases the child from the hospital, and an appropriately trained medical needs family can be found who can provide the child's medical needs.

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Other Services Provided by Children’s Sanctuary, Inc.  

Individual and family counseling as an integral part of the foster care program.  

Supervised visitation when required by the public placing agency or court.  

Independent living skills training for children 14 and older.  

Ninety days aftercare when required by public placing agency or court.  

A Self Sufficiency program in scattered site housing for youth 18 to 21 who need help getting started in life.  The service is presently only available in Indiana

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III.

Program Integration

 

 

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Referral and Matching

 

 

 

When a child is referred to Children’s Sanctuary, Inc., .the Treatment Director and social work staff review available foster families for an appropriate match.  CSI matches the child with a family that can best serve his or her specific emotional, physical, and academic needs.  When possible, a pre-placement visit is arranged for the child with the prospective family.  Placement may occur immediately or after several visits depending on the emotional stability of the child, his or her readiness for placement, and the availability of a CSI Foster Family that can best serve the child’s presenting needs.

 

 

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Treatment Plan

 

 

 

A Treatment Team, composed of the CSI Treatment Director, CSI Foster Care Social Worker, public agency caseworker, foster parents, child’s counselor, teacher, and bio-parents when indicated, meets before or immediately after placement.  A pre-treatment plan is prepared at this meeting.  The team prepares the formal Treatment Plan within 21 days of placement.  The Plan includes the child’s social history, psychological, educational, and social needs, short and long term goals, and interventions.  It includes the behavior management plan and services to be provided to the bio-family.  

The treatment team reviews the treatment plan every three months.  Each revision of the treatment plan reviews the child’s, (and the family’s if indicated), overall progress, service needs, and readiness for reunification.  The revised treatment plan identifies new goals, treatment interventions, and level changes in areas using a level system.

 

 

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Progress Report

 

 

 

The CSI Foster Care Social worker submits a progress report to the custodial agency each month.  The report summarizes the placement, academic, psychological, social progress, and continuing needs.  It includes visitation notes, family involvement, critical incidents and progress in meeting goals and objectives.  It recommends new goals, objectives and interventions as needed.  The report includes an independent living report for older youth. It may include assessment tools such as the Achenbach Child Behavioral Checklist and the (GAF) Global Assessment of Functioning.

 

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Independent Living

 

 

 

Children’s Sanctuary foster children, age 14 and older, receive independent living training throughout their stay in foster care.  Children’s Sanctuary offers a self-sufficiency program in scattered site housing for youth 18 to 21.  

 

 

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Discharge Summary

 

 

 

The Case Manager prepares a discharge and outcomes report within 10 days of a child’s leaving placement.

 

 

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Medical, Dental, Eye Exams

 

 

 

A foster child receives a physical, dental, and eye exam at placement and annually thereafter.

 

 

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Client Files: Each file includes:

 

 

 

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Application for Admission

 

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Admissions Agreement (varies from state to state)

 

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Placement Order (Court)

 

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Authorization for medical care, mental health care, and release of information

 

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Immunization records

 

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Current physical examination and any ongoing medical care or problems.

 

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Current dental examination and any ongoing dental care or problems.

 

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Current eye examination and any ongoing eye care or problems.

 

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Treatment Plan and revised Treatment Plans

 

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Progress Reports, includes visitation and independent living reports

 

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Psychological and/or psychiatric evaluations

 

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Psychological or psychiatric consultations

 

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Record of case manager’s visits with child, foster family, and bio-family

 

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Any legal documents pertaining to the child

 

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Written agreements with relatives or other agencies

 

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Record of movement or other placements of child while in care

 

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Achenbach Child Behavioral Check List when indicated

 

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GAF – Global Assessment of Functioning scores when indicated.

 

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Outcomes Measures when indicated

 

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Discharge Summary if child has been discharged

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IV.

Program Adaptability and Flexibility

 

 

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On-Call Assistance and Crisis Intervention

 

 

 

Children’s Sanctuary provides a 24/7 on-call social worker and supervisor for its foster children and foster families.  In the event a child must temporarily be removed from a foster home, short term or long term, Children’s Sanctuary maintains licensed treatment foster families who accept emergency and temporary respite placements.  All movements are reported to and approved by the public agency caseworker.

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Dealing with Potentially Explosive Situations

 

 

 

Children’s Sanctuary social work staff and foster parents are trained in crisis intervention.  Foster parents are taught in pre-service and in-service training how to intervene and diffuse potentially explosive situations.  CSI social workers and foster parents are trained in therapeutic Crisis Intervention by a certified trainer for safely intervening and diffusing potentially dangerous situations, especially when a child is in danger of hurting himself or others.

 

 

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Linkages to Community Resources

 

 

 

Children’s Sanctuary Inc. works with local child care agencies, state child care organizations, and national organizations to gather statistical information, obtain, plan, and provide training opportunities for staff and to assess and improve the treatment of children in out-of-home placement.

 

 

 

Case managers and foster parents assist children and biological parents in utilizing community resources such as after school programs, YMCA, YWCA, Boys Club, Girls Club, Scouts, GED preparation, employment preparation, drug and alcohol counseling, programs for non-violence, and physical and sexual abuse victims and offenders programs.  

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V.

Training and Development

 

 

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Pre-Service Foster Parent Training

 

 

 

 

Treatment Foster Parents receive at least 30 to 36 hours of pre-service training prior to becoming foster parents.  they receive 20 hours annually of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training.  In addition, CSI foster parents receive training in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and the state protocol for reporting abuse and neglect.  Foster parents working with seriously disturbed children or children with medical problems receive additional training specific to the needs of the child.  Depending on the seriousness of the medical problem, a medically fragile child will be placed with a foster parent who is a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

 

 

 

 

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In-Service Training: Foster Parents: Foster parents receive a 30 hours annually in-service training.  They receive 16 to 22 hours training annually through support group meetings and in-house training and 8 to 16 hours from related training in the community.  They may receive additional training by attending local and state sponsored seminars.

 

 

 

 

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In-Service Training: Staff: CSI staff members receive 30 hours training each year through attendance at conferences and seminars available from local, state and national behavioral health care agencies, child care organizations, and colleges and universities.

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Qualifications: CSI provides certified trainers in the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, (MAPPS), The Institute of Human Services (IHS)(FAKT) foster parent and adoption training program, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Safe Crisis Management (SCM), First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions.  Additional training is contracted through other social service agencies, The American Red Cross, and local hospitals.  Treatment staff and guest speakers provide monthly training at support group meetings.  Other training is available through workshops sponsored by state and national child welfare organizations.

 

 

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Children's Sanctuary, Inc. Training Curriculums

 

 

 

IHS (FAKT): Institute of Human Services Foster, Adoption, Kinship Training program

 

 

 

Trainers:  Josephine Chumney, MS. Michael Washington, BA. Lisa Martin, MS.

 

 

 

PRYDE: Presley Ridge Youth Development Extension Program, a competency based training, certification and treatment model for treatment foster parents.

 

 

 

TCI: Cornell University Treatment Crisis Intervention

 

 

 

SCM: Safe Crisis Management

 

 

 

First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, Special Medical Needs

 

   

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Sample In-Service training topics available to foster parents and staff

 

 

 

- Discipline and behavior intervention

- Working with the Autistic child

 

- Working with victims of sex abuse

 

- Working with sexual perpetrators

 

- Breaking the chain of abuse and neglect

 

- Anger management

 

- Substance abuse

 

- Control and use of psychotropic medication

 

- Teamwork

 

- Working with the courts and state and county agencies

 

- Building social skills and self-esteem in children

 

- Working with biological families

 

- Training Youth in Independent Living Skills  

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VI.

Program Evaluation

 

 

 

 

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Evaluation Explanation

 

 

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. conducts monthly safety checks and quarterly reviews of its foster homes and foster parents.  The Quarterly Quality Assurance and Best in Class report evaluate services provided by the agency and its foster parents, and administrative and financial practices.  Foster parent files, children’s files, personnel files, and financial records are reviewed for compliance with agency, state, and federal policies and regulations.  The agency is surveyed annually by the state licensing office for compliance with state regulations and guidelines.  The agency is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. 

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. reviews its program every six months for outcomes of children placed with, and released from, the agency.  Satisfaction surveys are sent twice a year to public placing agencies, foster children, foster parents, and bio-parents.  

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. publishes its Annual Outcomes Report in January of each year on its website www.childrenssanctuary.org

 

 

 

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Model: The evaluation is descriptive, based on data collected from the historical logs, client records, internal and external inspections, and satisfaction surveys.  Demographic data is collected on placements and discharges by county, critical incidents, and age, sex, and ethnicity.

 

 

 

 

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Methodology: The agency keeps an up-to-date log of all children placed with the agency and uses a coding system to describe the disposition of all movements of children while in placement.  Data is quantified to determine the percentage of positive and negative outcomes for children released from placement.  Positive outcomes are reunification, adoption, relative placement, and emancipation.  Negative outcomes are disruptions such as runaway, alleged abuse or neglect in a foster home, or placement in a more restrictive environment.  Information included in the evaluation is the average length of time children remain in care.  CSI reviews accessibility, risk management, and financial practices annually.

 

 

 

 

3.

Tools

Treatment plans, progress reports and discharge summaries

Global Assessment of Functioning scores   

Other outcome measures when applicable  

Satisfaction Surveys

The historical log of all children placed with the agency.

Staff, client, and foster parent files

Evaluations of staff, foster parents, and foster homes

Critical Incident Reports  

The Accessibility Plan  

The Risk Management Plan .

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VII.

Financial

A.

Costs of Services

 

 

 

Services supported by per diem include intensive case management, counseling for the child and biological family, supervised visitation, transportation, supervision, training and support of the foster parents, room and board in a single family home, clothing as needed, educational needs and equipment, reunification and aftercare services.  Children 14 and older receive Independent living skills training throughout their placement.  Per diem payments come from state or county departments of social services and private donations.  Children’s Sanctuary is IV-E approved. 

B.

Per Diem Rates (Foster parents receive 50% of the per diem.)

 

 

 

 1.

Regular Foster Care (No-special needs), Per Diem range: $40 to $67

2. Treatment foster care (Child with behavior and emotional problems), Per Diem range: $60 to $107.  

 

3.

Medical Needs (Crack babies, autistic children and children with serious medical or emotional problems, injuries, or handicaps that require intensive care, treatment and monitoring.  The category includes children with life threatening problems or illnesses, children with trachea tubes, intestinal tubes, or other medical equipment, and the child who’s emotional or medical problems require additional training, monitoring, and numerous visits to the doctor or hospital): Per Diem negotiable depending on needs of the child.

 

 

 

 

4.

Teen mother with child (Mother provides some care for child): Per Diem negotiable depending on needs of mother and child.

 

 

 

 

5.

Basic Foster Family Rate.

 

 

Daily Base Rate  

$20.00

Daily Clothing Allowance   2.00
Daily Recreation Allowance   2.00
Daily Transportation Allowance   3.00

 

 

Daily Supportive Services  

3.00

TOTAL

30.00

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Children's Sanctuary, Inc.

    Self-Sufficiency Program

Children's Sanctuary is a state licensed 501(c) 3 not-for-profit Title IV-E approved Child Placing Agency. Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. is an equal opportunity agency and does not discriminate in any of its policies or practices according to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military service, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Program Overview  

The Children’s Sanctuary Self-Sufficiency Program is an off-site transitional living program in scattered site housing that assists older youth who have aged out of foster care, to live on their own.  Eligible youth will be 17.5 years old, a high school graduate or close to graduation, or able to take and pass a GED test.  If they have graduated high school, they will maintain at least part time employment and begin college, vocational school, or other type of job skills training.

 All youth in Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. foster homes begin Independent Living Skills Training (ILP) at age 14.  CSI foster parents and staff provide informal and formal training daily and monthly.  The youth, in preparation for Self-Sufficiency will take the Ansell-Casey Independent Living Skills Assessment and obtain a score of 80% or better in each skill area to be eligible for the program.  CSI will provide learning challenged or disabled youth one-on-one assistance.  CSI staff provides monthly independent living skills training, including three six-hour marathon sessions, during the year.  The youth graduates from the program when he or she completes all training and achieves 80% or better in each skill area on the Ansell-Casey Assessment.  If, on completion of the ILP the youth is not eligible for the Self-Sufficiency Program due to age or Case Plan, he or she may assist in the training and mentoring of others.  

While most Self-Sufficiency youth rely on public transportation, some are able to purchase their own vehicles.  Youth are encouraged to take driver’s education prior to entering the program. 

The Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. Self-Sufficiency Program Case Manager sees each youth face to face a minimum of once each week.  The youth must maintain daily telephone contact with the Case Manager.  The Case Manager monitors the youth’s progress and provides assistance and guidance.  He or she submits monthly progress reports to the custodial agency and the court.  Throughout the Self-Sufficiency Program, the case manager increases the youth's responsibility for ongoing skill development and self-reliance.  

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. accepts referrals of youth from other public and private foster care agencies and residential facilities.  All referrals must come through the public custodial agency or the Court.  Referred youth must pass the Ansell-Casey Independent Living Skills Assessment with a grade of 80% in each skill areas.  If the youth does not achieve the required score, CSI will provide an accelerated independent living Skills training course specific to the youth’s needs.

Every youth in the CSI Self-Sufficiency Program is successful. Even those that do not complete the program will acquire life skills that will help them in the future.  Youths who complete the program have a solid base for future growth and adult independence.  

Problem Statement

Youth in foster homes, group homes or institutions, approaching adulthood, have the same hopes and anxieties as other youth about to embark on their own.  What makes these youth unique is that their families may not be able to provide financial assistance or emotional support.  Their natural families may lack the cohesion to be even minimally supportive.  Having to fend for themselves at an early age, these young people may have failed to master the developmental tasks of early childhood.  They seldom receive consistent care and nurturing.  They may suffer from low self-esteem and may resort to behaviors that reinforce to themselves and others that they are unworthy and unlovable, i.e., delinquency and substance abuse.  Some have minor to severe emotional problems.

Foster parents may help the youth leaving care with support and assistance.  Many institutions and group homes provide independent living training, halfway houses, and transitional living.  In some cases, the youth may be completely on his or her own once he or she reaches the legal age of maturity.

At Risk Youth in Out-of-Home Placement

Taking on adult responsibilities for the management one's life is difficult for anyone coming of age in a technologically advanced society.  For an individual coming out of a foster home, group home, or institution with no family support or financial resources, the task is even more difficult.  A history of abuse, neglect, inconsistent education, and emotional problems increase the difficulties.  Young people leaving placement may lack the rudimentary skills and experience to maintain a home, a job, and care for themselves without help from family, friends, or social service agencies.  Some may require public assistance well into their adult years.  Some live on the streets.  A few may resort to criminal behavior to meet survival needs. 

Needs Assessment

Social service agencies providing services to at risk youth must determine the specific needs of each youth to maximize his or her potential for becoming a capable, responsible adult, free from dependence on public assistance.

In developing the Self-Sufficiency Program, we had to determine what interventions were most effective in helping youth in out-of-home placement make the transition from childhood dependence to self-reliance.  Typical problems were emotional instability, inconsistent education, limited or no work experience, lack of family support, and immaturity.  This was the short list.  We needed to know what the the youth felt he or she needed to live independently.  To answer this question, Children’s Sanctuary conducted several group sessions with older youth in out-home-placement.  The CSI Self Sufficiency Program is the result of those sessions.

Barriers to Youth Leaving Placement

Youth leaving placement face many barriers to living on their own.  The state removes children from their biological parents due to neglect and abuse.  Often, a child’s formal education has been irregular and inconsistent. They may not have attended school regularly.  Many did not attend school until they went into placement.  Their academic progress may be below average.  A few had to care for themselves and their siblings at an early age.  Many lack vocational skill, i.e., carpentry, auto-mechanics, metalwork, welding, maintenance, or other or industrial work.  Trade skills are limited or non-existent.  The absence of vocational skills makes its difficult for a young person to get a job that pays well enough to support one’s self and family.

The state removes children from their biological parents due to neglect and abuse.  Many did not attend school regularly and parental care and guidance were minimal.  Some had to care for themselves and their siblings at an early age.  In this environment, getting to school or to a job was not as important as getting enough to eat and avoiding physically and/or sexually abuse.        

The job market is very limited for anyone under twenty-one.  It is especially difficult for the youth with no past work experience or job skills.  Transportation presents another problem.  Typically young people in the United States obtain a driver's license by age sixteen or seventeen.  Children in out-of-home care seldom have this privilege because of liability concerns.

Children leaving placement seldom have money to rent an apartment; get utilities connected, and purchase furniture and other home necessities.  Renting an apartment is difficult without approved credit.  Young people seldom have a credit history.

Young people are anxious about leaving the comfort and stability of home and living on their own away from friends and family.  Children in out-of-home care, disconnected from their families, friends and neighborhoods, are especially vulnerable to loneliness and feelings of isolation once they leave foster care or other residential placement.

Target Population

1. Youth in out-of-home placement, ages 17.5 but not yet to 21.
2. Youth under age 21 who return to the public custodial agency for assistance.
3. Youth who leave care voluntarily at age 18, but need of ongoing assistance.
4. Any youth under age 21 who meet the eligibility requirements.

Goals and Objectives

  Outcome Goals

1. The Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. Self-Sufficiency Program will help youth ages 17.5 to 21 transition from out-of-home placement and live as successful independent adults, maintaining a household, continuing education, holding a job, and acquiring life skills.
2. The youth completing the program will have acquired the skills to be self-sufficient and independent of public assistance.

 

Outcomes Objectives

1. 100% of youth 14 and older will receive informal and formal independent living skills training while in foster care.
2. 75% of youth 14 and older will attend school and have a part time job or summer employment.
3. 95% of all youth that are discharged from foster care or receiving independent living services will have or be able to obtain essential documents including but not limited to their birth certificate, social security card, medical and educational records.
4. 75% of youth 14 and older discharged from foster care will know how to obtain health, dental, and mental health insurance and/or benefits.
5. 95% of youth age 17.5 to 21 entering the Self-Sufficiency Program will have one or more of the following:
  a. Full or part-time employment
  b. Enrolled in continuing education, i.e., high school, college, vocational school, apprenticeship/internship.
  c. Have other financial resources outside of employment.
6. 100% of the youth in the Self Sufficiency Program will have a written Self-Sufficiency Plan and monthly progress reports to the public custodial agency.
7. 100% of youth in the Self-Sufficiency Program will obtain and maintain safe and stable housing.
8. 100% of youth in the Self-Sufficiency Program with a history of high-risk behaviors, i.e., substance abuse, criminal behavior, and unprotected sexual activity, will receive supportive services related to behaviors.
9. 75% of youth entering the Self-Sufficiency Program will have or be in the process of obtaining at least one of the following:
  a. A high school diploma, GED, or special education certificate
  c. Enrollment in high school, GED classes or post-high school vocational training or college
  c. A vocational certificate or license
  d. An Associates or Bachelors Degree from a college or university
  e. Special education services through the public schools

  Program Goals

1. Each individual completing the Self-Sufficiency Program will develop the skills, knowledge, and emotional stability to care for oneself without public assistance.
2. Readiness for emancipation from the program will be indicated by completion of the Self-Sufficiency Plan, the case manager’s progress reports ant the youth’s self-evaluation.

Program Objectives

1. Youth will demonstrate the ability to be self-sufficient, responsible adults, capable of caring for themselves without public assistance within six months of entering the program.
2. Youth completing the program will be able to:
  a. Cope effectively with successes, failures, and frustrations.
  b. Show good judgment and responsible behavior in dealing with issues and problems related to living on one’s own.
  c. Cope effectively with the anxiety of leaving the foster home or institutional care and assuming responsibility for oneself.
  d. Demonstrate social skills in relating to property owners, vendors, business people, employers, health care providers, and others.
  e. Demonstrate skills in problem solving and decision making.
  f. Successfully deal with the feelings of loneliness and isolation of living on one’s own.  This includes knowing who to call for help.
  g. Create a workable budget.
  h. Keep the home free of dirt, insects and rodents.
  i. Get back and forth to work or school using public transportation when such transportation is available.
  j. Shop efficiently for groceries.
  k. Make nutritional food selections and cook nutritional meals.
  l. Research, locate and rent an apartment or house.
  m. Demonstrate skills evaluating housing prior to renting.
  n. Understand a rental contract.
  o. Get utilities connected.
  p. Complete a job application.
  q. Obtain medical care when needed.
  r. Protect oneself from illness and disease.
  s. Choose a physician.
3. Youth completing the program will have a full-time job if not attending school, and a part-time job if attending school.
4. Youth completing the program will have finished high school or obtained a General Education Diploma.
5. Youth completing the program will be willing and able to pay rent and utilities on time.
6. Youth completing the program will demonstrate the ability to arrive at school and work on time.
7. Youth completing the program will demonstrate the ability to obtain and hold a job.

  Operational Goals

1. To increase the ability of youth leaving foster care, group home or institutional placement to live on his or her own free of public assistance.
2. To acquire knowledge of the on-going needs of young people who are graduating from institutional, group home or foster care and assuming adult responsibilities.

Operational Objectives

1. To develop and implement a screening process to determine the readiness of youth leaving placement to live independently.
2. To provide counseling, guidance and instruction in scattered site housing for youth chosen to participate in the program.

Methodology 

Primary Position: Self-Sufficiency Case Manager 

The Self-Sufficiency Case Manager provides casework services for youths assigned to the program.  This case manager screens and selects youths and provides guidance, counseling, training and emotional support to the youth. 

Dissemination of Information 

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. will send brochures and information describing the Independent Living Program and Self-Sufficiency Program to the courts and public social service agencies throughout its regions of operation.  Information is also available on the website: www.childrenssanctuary.org.  A CSI representative is available to meet with the courts, public custodial agencies, parents, and other interested parties. 

Program Standards  

Children’s Sanctuary maintains rules for participants entering the program and specific standards for operation of the self-sufficiency program (See Self-Sufficiency Expectations).  The rules and standards are flexible enough to address the needs of youth and structured enough to maintain the integrity of the program.

Youth Identification 

Children’s Sanctuary, the Department of Child Services, The Department of Job and Family Services, and other agencies serving youth in out-of-home placement refer candidates to the Self-Sufficiency Program.  The case manager meets with identified candidates and explains the program.  Candidates then make application to Children’s Sanctuary for inclusion in the program. 

Criteria for Applying to the Program

1. The youth must be at least age 17.5 but not 21.
2. The youth is physically, mentally, and emotionally ready.
3. The youth is willing to abide by the rules of the program.
4. The youth understands that the program is short term (six months to one year).

Screening and Assessment of Candidates

The Self-Sufficiency Case Manager will screen prospective candidates using the Ansell-Casey Assessment tool.  The Case Manager will determine if the candidate meets all of the criteria for the program, is capable and mature enough to live on his or her own, but needs assistance.  Life skills assessment is continuous through the program.  Youth should complete the program within 6 months to one year.  The program capacity is open based on the availability of funding.

Intervention

CSI, the custodial agency, and the court select youth for participation in the program.  The CSI case manager contacts the youth, foster family, and supervising agency and begins the process of preparing the youth for entry into the Self-Sufficiency Program.

High School Completion and Education Planning

The selected youth must complete high school or obtain a GED.  The case manager helps the youth with school problems and monitors progress.  Youth who have completed high school are encouraged to enroll in college or vocational school.  The case manager helps the youth decide on a vocation and apply to an appropriate school. and assists the youth with grant and loan applications.  Once enrolled, the case manager evaluates the youth’s progress monthly and is available to the youth if problems arise. 

Employment

Youth who attend school may maintain part-time employment.  Youth who do not attend school will maintain full time employment.  The case manager assists and instructs the youth in job search, completing applications, interviewing, and maintaining employment.   By providing instruction, support and counseling, the case manager helps the youth develop the skills to obtain and keep a job.

Obtaining gainful employment usually occurs before the youth moves out of the foster home.  The case manager works with the youth throughout this process, providing instruction, counseling, emotional support, and transportation.  This part of the program is labor intensive for youth and case manager and may take several weeks.  The case manager spends several hours each day with the youth guiding him or her through the employment process and helping the youth cope with the frustrations and disappointments inherent in entering the job market.

Establishing a Residence

The Self-Sufficiency youth resides in his or her apartment.  The case manager assists the youth in finding housing, obtaining household items and furniture and getting utilities connected.  Each youth will understand the rental contract and the responsibilities of the renter and the property owner.  The case manager spends several hours each week with the youth during the rental process viewing and assessing available housing.    

The youth must demonstrate competence in maintaining the apartment in a livable and sanitary condition.  He or she is responsible for paying rent and utility bills on time.  The case manager visits the youth at his or her apartment one or more times each week and maintains daily telephone contact with the youth.  The case manager provides counseling, guidance, and training and helps the youth with decision making, problem solving, and dealing with the stresses, frustrations and fears of having to rely on one’s self.  The CSI case manager is available to the youth twenty-four hours a day.

Self-Sufficiency Program Costs  

The custodial agency pays an agreed upon per diem rate for each child placed in the Self Sufficiency Program.  A grant or other funding may reduce the per diem rate.  Fifty percent of the per diem rate goes for program costs: intensive case management, visitation, bookkeeping, and program management.  The other fifty percent is a stipend placed in the youth’s program account to help pay for rent, food, utilities, public transportation and other necessary expenses.

Self-Sufficiency Stipend  

The Self Sufficiency Stipend is 50% of the per diem rate.  CSI places these funds in an individual program account for the youth to help with living expenses.  The youth maintains a ledger and receipts of expenditures.  The youth must maintain a bank account.  The case manager reviews expenditures with the youth each week and helps the youth improve skills at spending wisely and budgeting. 

During the learning stages, the case manager spends several hours each week with the youth helping the youth develop skills in financial management.  As the youth becomes more proficient at money management and more self-sufficient, he or she uses less of the program funds.  On completion of the program, CSI turns over unused program funds to the youth unless otherwise directed by the court.

 

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Children's Sanctuary, Inc.

 SELF-SUFFICIENCY EXPECTATIONS

  Children's Sanctuary is a not-for-profit, equal opportunity agency and does not discriminate in any of its policies or practices according to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, military service, or any other characteristic protected by law.

GENERAL GUIDELINES (You must follow these guidelines to be successful in the program):

Inform your case manager immediately of any emergencies including medical problems, legal problems, damage to your apartment, school suspensions, trouble at work, or trouble in the neighborhood.

Learn the program rules and follow them.

Never leave your phone off the hook.  We will be making routine calls to make sure you are doing well.  We will also be making unexpected visits to your apartment.  We will have a key to your apartment and reserve the right to use the key to enter your apartment if we do not hear from you each week.

Call us whenever you are:

·         Not going to school or work

·         Unable to keep an appointment

·         Going to be late for an appointment with your case manager

Always think of your personal safety.  Never put yourself in a position that could be dangerous.  Learn and follow the program guidelines for personal safety.

Remember that you are a representative of our program.  What you do reflects on the entire Self-Sufficiency Program.

We want to hear from you daily during the week.  Call during office hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM .  If your case manager is not available, leave a message that you called.

Case managers have many responsibilities and time is valuable.  If you arrange a meeting with your case manager, be on time.  If you are going to be late, call.

Always show respect for the property owner and other tenants in your apartment.

PRODUCTIVE OCCUPATION

As a member of the Self-Sufficiency Program, you must be involved in productive activities such as a school, college or vocational training, and gainful employment.  If you have no other commitments such as school or a job, you must contact four prospective employers each week and submit a list of these contacts to your case manager.  If applicable, you may also be required to make applications to the Workforce Development Center or other related services.

Successful employment is based on:

·         Attendance record

·         Arriving on time daily

·         Proper dress

·         Fulfillment of duties

·         Employer-Employee relations  

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

You must be involved in an educational program, according to your needs unless you have already completed your GED or high school diploma.

Participants who have completed their GED or high school education may opt to pursue additional post-high school/GED education such as college or university.  You may also consider alternative education such as continuing studies courses, evening classes, Para-professional training and job training programs.  You and your case manager should select the most appropriate education plan.  Once selected, you are required to meet the program’s requirements.  Academic success is:

 ·        A good attendance record

·         Grades

·         Attitude and conduct

·         Progress toward goals

 

GROCERY SHOPPING/ MEAL PREPARATION  

You should already have a good idea of what foods to eat to stay healthy.  If not, the program staff will help you learn the best food choices.  Your case manager will determine how much guidance you need in this area by observing the foods you purchase.  Your Case manager may require you to develop a weekly menu.

PERSONAL HYGIENE/ LAUNDRY

You are responsible for your personal hygiene and laundry.  If you do not know how to use the laundry facilities, ask us for help.  You must keep your clothing clean and practice good hygiene to stay healthy.  All participants in this program will receive an orientation in good hygiene.

EMERGENCIES

An emergency is anything that you see as needing immediate attention or assistance from outside sources such as the Police, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service, or the Self-Sufficiency Program staff.  Keep a list of numbers next to your phone for police (911), Fire department (911), EMS (911), poison control, your Children’s Sanctuary case manager and DCS caseworker.

In case of serious emergency, call 911 and contact your Children’s Sanctuary case manager or Children’s Sanctuary as soon as possible.  For problems involving your housing such as plumbing, heating, electricity, etc. notify the property owner or manager. 

VISITORS (All clients are required to comply with the following visitation rules):

GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION FROM THE PROGRAM

GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION CONTINUED

DECORATING APARTMENT

We encourage you to decorate your apartment.  In consideration of the property owner, please follow these guidelines:

HAVING OR USING A CAR WHILE IN THE PROGRAM

You may have your own car in the program under the following conditions:

USE OF UTILITIES IN YOUR HOME

Your house or apartment must have functioning water, electrical, and heating systems.

Please follow these guidelines:

TELEPHONE

All Self-Sufficiency Program participants will have a phone.  It is your responsibility to make sure that your phone does not get disconnected.

BUDGET

Your case manager will help you develop a monthly budget.  The budget will include your monthly income and living expenses.  The objective of the program is for you to become self-sufficient. Therefore, you should try to pay bills and living costs from money you earn on your job.  Use program funds only as needed to supplement the budget.  On graduation from the program, Children’s Sanctuary may use any left over program funds to pay your outstanding bills including your apartment rental through the end of the lease.

SAVINGS & CHECKING ACCOUNTS

Self-Sufficiency Program participants will open a checking account with their case manager as soon as possible.  Your will deposit your paycheck into your checking account to pay monthly bills.  Only use checks to pay monthly bills only.  Participants are encouraged to put aside a certain amount of money each month in savings.  Savings must come from the participant’s personal earnings not program funds. 

APARTMENT CLEANLINESS AND UPKEEP

You are responsible for the order and cleanliness of your apartment.  Upon entry into the program, you will receive an orientation from your case manager concerning standards and expectations for apartment cleanliness.  You must pay attention to suggestions of your case manager regarding conditions of your apartment.  Continuous failure to maintain a reasonably clean and orderly apartment may lead to disciplinary action or termination from the program.

You are responsible for the condition of your apartment and good relations with the property manager and property owner.  Keep your home clean at all times.  Store food proper containers and remove garbage regularly.  Report any problems with the apartment to the property manager or owner.  If you fail to get results, report this to your case manager.  Your case manager will visit your apartment at least once each week and more often if needed.

You must conform to the rules of your rental agreement.  Report any problems with neighbors or the property manager/owner to your case manager.

You are responsible for your apartment and furnishings.  You are financially responsible for any damages to the apartment, appliances, or furniture while you are in residence.  Purposeful damage to the apartment, furnishings, appliances or fixtures may result in termination from the program.

DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

Failure to meet your goals or to follow the program rules will result in disciplinary action.  The usual action taken for minor infractions is a verbal warning.  Serious or chronic problems will result in a written warning.  Other actions may include visitor restrictions, office visits, or termination from the program.

APPOINTMENTS

Living independently means that you will need to make and keep numerous medical, dental, job related, counseling, and other appointments.  You may need the assistance of your case manager to set up an appointment or to provide transportation.  It is extremely important to make your appointments and be on time.  Keep an appointment book or calendar to write down specifics dates and times.  Missing an appointment or arriving late, shows a lack of respect for the other person.  If you are going to be late, call whoever is expecting you.  If you are unable to keep an appointment, give as much notice as possible.  There may be a financial penalty for missing an appointment.

LENDING AND BORROWING MONEY 

It is against Self-Sufficiency Program policy to lend money or borrow money, take out loans, rent appliances, or buy something on time without permission from your case manager.

COOPERATION WITH SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM STAFF

You must cooperate with your assigned case manager at all times.  You are to keep all appointments unless an emergency arises.  Notify your case manager if you will be late for an appointment.  You will receive disciplinary action for failure to cooperate with your case manager or program staff.

MEDICAL UPDATES

Self Sufficiency Program participants must have annual physical and dental exams.  You are required to report immediately to your case manager any change in your medical or health status such as becoming pregnant, contracting a communicable disease, breaking a limb, etc.

DAILY PHONE CONTACT WITH STAFF

All Self-Sufficiency Program participants must contact the Children’s Sanctuary case manager or other assigned staff by telephone every day during the week.  You will be able to contact the Children’s Sanctuary office from 8 am to 5 PM Monday through Friday.  We want to make sure that you get off to a good start in the program and are involved in productive activities.

UNAUTHORIZED PURCHASES

As a participant in our Self-Sufficiency program, one of your goals is to learn to use your money wisely. You should also start building a savings account.  Ultimately, you must prepare for the time when you leave the program and will be on your own.  

Please follow these guidelines regarding expenditures:

EARLY TERMINATION

If you chose to leave the program, you are responsible for any outstanding bills including your apartment rental and lease.

MOVING INTO ANOTHER APARTMENT

If you decide to move from one apartment to another while in the Self-Sufficiency Program, you must pay expenses for the move, i.e., apartment deposit, utility transfer fees, truck rental and fuel.

PARTICIPANTS WITH CHILDREN

If you have a child, you will have additional program requirements.  Talk to your case manager or DCS caseworker for more information.

LIFE SKILLS TRAINING

On entering the program, you will receive a Self-Sufficiency Skills packet with several units to complete.  Please complete this at your own pace. 

TRANSPORTATION

Living independently means that you will need to make appropriate arrangements for transportation to and from your place of employment, school, counselor’s office, grocery, etc.  We expect you to learn to use the local transit system in your area.  The case manager may provide transportation if given enough advance notice.

THE LAW AND YOU

Alcohol:  It is against the law to serve alcohol to minors anywhere, including in the home.  It is against the law for minors to have alcohol in their possession in a public place or in a car at any time.  Anyone who is not a juvenile and helps a minor obtain alcohol is guilty of a crime punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

Drugs:  The possession, use or sale of marijuana is against the law.  The maximum penalty for possession of a small quantity of pot can include a fine and a jail sentence. The penalties for offenses involving hard drugs, such as cocaine, speed, crack, or large amounts of marijuana, can be harsh.  The selling of any illegal drug is a serious offense that will result in a prison sentence.

Alcohol, drugs, and driving: More than half of all fatal car accidents involve alcohol or drugs.  You cannot tell beforehand how alcohol or drugs including prescription drugs will affect your driving abilities.  Ask your doctor about any side effects of prescription medication.   Over-the counter medication, including some cold and allergy medications may affect a person’s driving.  Do not drive if you have been drinking or using drugs.  Do not get into a car if the driver has been drinking or using drugs or appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Vehicular injury or manslaughter:  If you are driving while intoxicated and injure or cause the death of another person, you will face felony conviction and possible imprisonment.

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A CAR ACCIDENT

Do not panic. Do not leave the scene of the accident.   Call the police at once.  The drivers of the involved vehicles, including you, should exchange the following: 

Traffic Offenses: Traffic offenders can come before the court for any kind of traffic violation.  Below is a list of violations that may result in a ticket or arrest:

If you have an accident, do not leave the scene of the accident without calling the police and contacting the owner of the damaged property.  If you leave, you have committed a crime.  If you are involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle, at the very least, you must exchange information with the other driver.  If there are persons injured in the accident, the obligation is to give “reasonable assistance” in getting medical help and transportation of any injured person.

Arrest: Follow these guidelines:  


Search Warrants: A search warrant is a paper signed by a judge, giving permission to search a house, car, store, locker, or other property.  If you are involved in a search or the seizure of items, cooperate fully with the police.  In the following situations, the police can search without a warrant:

Weapons: Participants in the Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. Self-Sufficiency Program are not to have lethal weapons of any kind in their possession.  This includes guns, shot guns, rifles, air pistols, air rifles, bow and arrows, swords, daggers or switchblade knives.  This does not include kitchen knives or pocket knives.

I have read and understand the Children’s Sanctuary Self-Sufficiency Expectations and agree to abide by the rules at all times.

 

 
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