Family Preservation Programming Working with referrals

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					Family Preservation Programming Partnering with referrals from the Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), OMNI provides home based
services that keep children safe while strengthening families and helping them stay
together. Services include in-home counseling and case management services for
abused and neglected children and their families and support and skill building for
teenage wards of the state who are pregnant or already parents. The primary
responsibility for all Family Preservation Staff is the “Safety and Well-being of
Children/Youth”.

All Family Preservation employees must attend an intensive child welfare training.
Upon completion of this training, prospective child welfare workers must pass an
entailed licensing exam and CERAP (Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol)
exam. In addition, prospective case workers must pass an extensive background
check.

InTact Family Services The InTact Family Services Program provides strength
based case management services to families that have been identified by DCFS as
safe, but at risk for abuse and/or neglect. Case managers carry a case load of ten
(10) families. Services are provided for a period of three months to one year.
Services are usually provided in the home, giving staff the opportunity to assess
each families needs, as well as their strengths.

   Some services Provided by InTact are as follows:

      Work with open DCFS cases and DCFS investigators
      Assure the safety and well-being of children
      Meet all DCFS mandates as set by the State of Illinois and the United States
       Federal Government
      Facilitate services to assist in maintaining the family unit
      Complete all required paperwork within the required timelines as set by
       DCFS Procedures and Protocols
      Maintain strict confidentiality
      Prepare all required court documents
      Appear and testify in court




Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) TPSN staff members provide
specialized case management services to adolescent wards of the State of Illinois
that are either pregnant and/or parenting. Case managers provide services to eight
(8) to ten (10) adolescents, ensuring they receive the services they need to be
successful. Program staff link clients and their children to community resources and
services, assuring they receive all the necessary services to achieve their court
ordered goals. In essence, case managers are surrogate parents to these teens.

OMNI’s TPSN team provides services to DCFS wards that are currently living in
major communities throughout the state of Illinois. The team also provides services
to Illinois DCFS wards that live in Wisconsin, Iowa and Mississippi.
Some services Provided by TPSN are as follows:

   Provide intensive case management for DCFS wards and their children
   Assure the safety and well-being of DCFS wards and their children
   Meet all DCFS mandates as set by the State of Illinois and the United States
    Federal Government
   See clients and their caregivers a minimum of two (2) times per month
   Facilitate services to assist DCFS youth in moving into Independent Living
   Complete all required paperwork within the required timelines as set by
    DCFS Procedures and Protocols
   Attend all meetings as related to the care and service provision of youth in
    DCFS custody
   Maintain strict confidentiality
   Prepare all required court documents
   Appear and testify in court
   Be an active advocate for these youth as related to what is in their best
    interest
   Provide supervised visitation between youth and the families they have been
    removed from, while assisting these youth to maintain family connections