Fresno County Department of Social Services (CPS) PA HOUA HER SOCIAL WORK 180
Vision To lead an integrated network of community partners that supports, protects and strengthens children and families.
Mission Statement To promote a system of best practice in partnership with the community, committed to prevention and early intervention, that ensures child safety, permanence and stability, family well- being, that is proactive, strategic, outcomes-based and fiscally responsible to the children and families served.
Emergency Response (ER) Main duties Investigate and assess referrals If referral is a crisis, ER social worker have within 2 hours to respond If referral is non-crisis, ER social worker have within 10 days to respond Determine if a child should remain or be remove from its home Provide any needed services to family and children as they request for it Document investigations into CWS/CMS Complete safety and risky assessments in SDM Set up TDM if possible Make contact with any necessary individuals to complete investigation
Social Justice Issue The main social justice issue that my agency addresses is child welfare. As an agency, we provide families and children with resources to ensure they are meeting the minimum sufficient level of care. When families fail to meeting the minimum sufficient level of care, our agency has to right to intervene.
Population at Risk Abuse or neglect children Welfare and Institution Code 300 (a-j) (a) serious physical harm to child (b) failure to adequately supervise or protect child (c) serious emotional harm to child (d) sexually abused child (e) physical abuse of a child under five years (f) death of a sibling (g) no provision for support (h) child free for adoption (i) act of cruelty (j) child’s sibling has been abused or neglected
Community Context Community involvement is a big part of our agency especially when a child is removed from its home and in the process of getting a placement, whether it is temporary or permanent. When a social worker sets up a team decision making (TDM) meeting with families, this social worker encourage families to invite as many family members as possible to attend the meeting. With family supports, a positive outcome for a child is at a higher level. Social Works tries to place children with their own family members before considering other options.
Agency’s Practices All social workers are expected to obey ethical principles Service Social Justice Dignity and Worth of the Person Importance of human relationships Integrity Competence All social workers are expected to follow policy and procedure guides when working with clients or co- workers. Social workers should seek assistant from other members within the agency when needed, in order to provide clients with the best services.
Significance of Agency Our agency works with other populations such as homelessness, substance abuse and mental health. We work hand in hand with family systems, social justice systems, medical systems and school systems to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in our system. We have interpreters for those who does not speak English. Our forms also come in different languages. There are constant trainings available for social workers to attend in order for them to better their knowledge to help clients.
References http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/ CCTA: Gomez V. Saenz Settlement: Training for CW Worker & Supervisors: Aug. 2009 DSS Policy and Procedure Guides Organizational charts was pulled from SW 128 power point NASW Ethical Principles