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September 2007Vol. 8, No. 8How-To for Home Visiting

Results from the first round of Federal Child and Family Services Reviews have noted the importance of home visiting in achieving good outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare. A new book titled Home-Visiting Strategies: A Case-Management Guide for Caregivers provides focused, hands-on information for home visitors and their supervisors and administrators on case management processes carried out by the home visitor. The practices described in the book can be applied to a range of home-visiting cases, such as family support, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and more. The book guides the reader through the key steps in providing home-visiting services, including:

  • Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Plan development
  • Plan implementation
  • Termination

A case example is used to illustrate the practical application of each of these case management activities, and suggestions are given for handling common issues that arise at each step of the process. Chapters of interest to administrators and supervisors also address theory, research, conceptual frameworks, and advice for setting up documentation systems and managing quality and data collection.

Home-Visiting Strategies: A Case-Management Guide for Caregivers

was written by Terry Eisenberg Carrilio.