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  • 1. By: Nora Armenta SWRK180
  • 2. - In November 1998, California voters approved the Children and Families First Act, commonly referred to as Proposition 10. Proposition 10, which levied a 50 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, was designed to fund early childhood development and anti-tobacco education programs at the local level.
  • 3. -Committed to investing Proposition 10 revenues into strong partnerships with local agencies able to produce high quality programming that is well integrated into the existing service system and proven to be promising in achieving desired outcomes.
  • 4. • First 5 Madera County owns and operates the First 5 Family Resource Center (FRC) in the city of Madera. By design, the FRC simplifies the linkages of families to services by co-locating a wide variety of programming and supports at one easily accessible location. The FRC is staffed by an FRC Coordinator and two Americorp Members who serve as family advocates.
  • 5. FRC staff facilitate the following: • Resource, referral, and follow-up; • Case Management and Home Visitation Program • Family Activities (i.e., Playtime, Storytime, Movie Night, Cookie Baking, etc.); • Special Events (i.e., Halloween Carnival, Spring Fun Day, etc.); • Systems Coordination/Integration; and • Shared governance that promotes parent and community leadership. • Healthy Families Enrollment The FRC co-locates the following programs: • State Preschool Program, Madera Unified School District • Migrant Alternative Childcare Program, Community Action Partnership of Kern • Healthy Beginnings Program, Madera County Department of Social Services • Nutrition and Fitness Program, Nutrition Network • Health and Wellness Program, First 5 Madera County • Commission Staff, First 5 Madera County
  • 6. My Placement • Goal: Promote positive parent-child interaction, healthy childhood growth and development and enhance family functioning. • Visitation of parent(s) and child(ren) by a trained personnel who convey information and offer support and/or provide training. • It has proven to be effective in improving the health and well-being of children (particularly if they are embedded in the comprehensive community services addressing families at risk.) Case Management and Home Visitation Program
  • 7. Continued.... • Resources can be brought to families (home visits) rather than left in the community for families to seek individually. • Home Visitations for parents is a widespread early-intervention strategy. • Parents play a critical role in shaping the outcomes of their children and early childhood is a crucial time to provide support.
  • 8. WHO? • Families at risk, i.e. single or young mothers, low-income households, families with low birth rate infants, parents with low IQ’s, children with chronic illness and disabilities and families with a history of substance abuse. • Client Criteria: Must have children 0-12 Participation must be voluntary Not currently being served by another home visitation program Referred from partner agency
  • 9. Program Procedures: • Step 1: Intake 1)Takes Place at FRC 3)Conduct needs assessment based on (basic needs, health, mental health, educational/vocational, family/social support) to determine client needs and complete Household Information Form and Assessment Form. 4)Service Plan/Goals are outlined prior to home visit, families participate in establishing goals. • Step 2: Consultation 1)Consult intake with MSW mentor to determine if the referral is low, moderate or high-need. 2)Low and moderate need referrals, home visit must be within 5 days. Appropriate service response for high need referrals.
  • 10. • Step 3: Addressing Need Info Only: Follow up phone consult for 30 days. Case closed upon successful follow up or further assessed. Low Need: Provide case management services for 30 days, completing by-monthly home visits. Close when needs have been met reassess and maintain case open for another 30 days otherwise or escalate to moderate need. Moderate Need: Provide case management services for 90 days then re-assess. 6 month maximum services to be rendered. High Need: Create CWS referral, ER is to investigate within CWS established protocols.
  • 11. Why Make a Home Call? • Client is more comfortable • Observe family dynamics • Demonstrate consideration for the client • Verify residency
  • 12. Areas to Evaluate: • Home Environment • Employment • Family Skills • Life Skills • Coping Skills • Mental Health • Family Resources • Support network • Substance Abuse • Legal Issues • Educational Attainment • Etc. Establish Goals in: • Family Strengthening • Child development • Increase basic skills • Family Stability • Dealing with Family Violence • Health Care • Employment • Housing • Transportation • Clothing • Etc.
  • 13. THANK YOU!

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