4224. Initial Assessment

The FVS caseworker's initial assessment includes:

  1. For youth missing from care that are referred by overnight shelters the caseworker must:
    1. Notify Law Enforcement of youth's whereabouts per Practice and Procedures Guide 4550 Children Missing from Care
    2. Notify the youth's parents that a report has been received and the youth is currently safe and off the streets within 24 hours,
    3. Inform parents of services designed to resolve the conflict and accomplish reunification of the family.
    4. Make contact by telephone or other reasonable means.
  2. For cases involving sexually exploited youth as defined in Appendix A, the FRS caseworker must refer the youth and family to available services through the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. The FRS caseworker must explore filing a CHINS petition if applicable.
  3. Identification of family needs and strengths.
  4. Determining who is or may be legally responsible for the child, including presumed and alleged fathers.
  5. Clarifying the presenting problems and resolutions expected.
  6. Obtaining the family and child's own description of the situation and family's recommendations for how to solve the problem.
  7. Reviewing family history, including such factors as ethnic and cultural heritage, family and community resources, emotional/social support systems, medical histories, family dynamics, educational backgrounds of parents and children, work histories/employment stability, availability of financial resources (TANF, public housing, Supplemental Security Income [SSI], Social Security, Veterans Administration benefits), and family mobility.
  8. When the caseworker or CHET Screening Specialist identifies a child birth to three years old with a concern about the child's developmental delays, a referral will be made to a Lead Family Resources Coordinator with the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT).
    1. Referrals are made by contacting the local ESIT Lead Family Resource Coordinator or through the ESIT web site.
    2. The referral must also be discussed with the child's parents or caregivers. The parents or caregivers should also be informed that services from ESIT are free. This service is required for children in out-of-home placement.
    3. The referral must be made no more than two working days after a concerns has been identified. The family may request that the referral timeline be extended beyond two days. This request must be documented.
    4. At the time of the pre passport staffing, or earlier if appropriate, the assigned caseworker should be notified that a referral was made on behalf of the child. Document this in the pre passport Action Plan under the Developmental Domain for the child.
  9. Reviewing available case records, previous service/placement history, and response to previous services.
  10. Making collateral contacts necessary to complete assessment.
  11. Consultation with supervisor as needed.
  12. Determine Indian child status.
  13. The caseworker must determine ethnic status of family members, complete the Indian Identity Request Form, DSHS 09-761, and determine whether any family members are of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or are persons of sensory impairment. Interpreter services will be provided as needed by the family. All services subsequent to intake will also utilize interpreter services as needed.