Child’s Worker’s Responsibilities

Be an active participant in the initial consultation and initial EFC Treatment Team Meeting.

Complete Follow-up contact with the Resource family to ensure services are in place within 2 weeks post initial consultation.

Discuss how EFC Services are Progressing and complete the Child Behavioral Health Screener during the Monthly quality visit.

Come prepared with updates and recent CBHS results at each EFC Treatment Team meeting.

Notify the EFC Regional PFR if the Child moves from the placement.

Advocate for The child and Communicate any concerns about the child’s treatment plan or services.

Enhanced Foster Care Expectations for Child’s Specialists

Preparing for EFC:  

  • Review EFC eligibility thoroughly to ensure that you can refer children who meet criteria as soon as appropriate to prevent any placement instability or potential disruptions.
    Connect with Regional EFC Staff via email or during office hours if you have questions about eligibility for a child! 
  • Complete referrals with thorough and accurate information to ensure the most appropriate services can be provided for the child and family.

After EFC Approval:  

  • Communicate in advance if you cannot attend meetings! 
  • Attend the initial consultation and be prepared to discuss key aspects of the child’s safety, permanency, and well-being. These can include:
    • Reasons for removal  
    • Length of time in care 
    • Placement history 
    • Any former and current medical or behavioral diagnoses 
    • Any services or treatment already in place  
  • Attend service provider intake if possible or as required by the agency providing services. 
  • The supervisor should be prepared to attend meetings and share information, especially if the specialist is new or unavailable.   
  • Assist in obtaining EFC documentation from service providers if needed and ensure that resource families have access to provider documentation including treatment plans, crisis plans, etc.

Ongoing Expectations: 

  • Attend all Treatment Team Meetings and be prepared to discuss current progress, case updates, and results of monthly behavioral health screeners.  
  • Maintain consistent contact with service providers and EFC staff, notifying the team of any barriers, issues, regressions, placement instability or any planned or unplanned placement changes as soon as possible.  
  • Complete behavioral health screeners each month in accordance with DHS policy.  
  • Discuss EFC services at each worker visit to identify any barriers, progress, or concerns and document those discussions in your monthly contact in KIDS.   
  • EFC services are reviewed every six (6) months. If ongoing EFC services are still needed, complete an updated referral and submit to your regional EFC team for review the month prior to EFC expiring.