March 2005Vol. 6, No. 2Curriculum for Caseworker-Child Visits
A 1-day curriculum designed to help caseworkers prepare for visits with children in foster care has been developed by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP). Entitled "Promoting Placement Stability and Permanency through Caseworker/Child Visits," the curriculum is based on the concepts of attachment, strengths-based assessment and planning, child and youth development, effective interviewing, and organizing contacts.
Available online, the curriculum includes a 39-page training manual that leads the trainer and trainees through four modules:
- Reviewing current Federal and State child welfare mandates
- Developing an empowering approach to child welfare practice
- Using a developmental approach to assess safety, permanency, and well-being
- Planning for the visit with the child and foster family
Handouts for each training module are supplied, including an extensive checklist of developmental traits for assessing safety, permanency, and well-being of children at all ages.
The curriculum was developed by the NRCFCPPP in response to findings from the Child and Family Services Reviews that showed a significant relationship between caseworker visits and a number of other indicators of child and family safety, permanency, and well-being.
The curriculum and handouts are available on the NRCFCPPP website at www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/family-child-visiting.html.