The Resource Guide for At-Risk Children & Their Families: Lorain County Public Systems of Care




НазваниеThe Resource Guide for At-Risk Children & Their Families: Lorain County Public Systems of Care
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LORAIN COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES

STEPS TO ACCESS SERVICES/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS





  • Agency Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 4: 30 PM

  • Agency Telephone Number: 329-5340

  • Agency Fax Number: 329-5378

  • Agency Hot-line Number: 329-2121 (in operation from 4:30 PM- 8:00 AM weekdays, holidays, and throughout the weekend hours.)

  • Agency E-mail: first and last name of employee without space @ChildrenServices.org


Making a Report of Suspected Abuse or Neglect: When you are concerned that a child or children you know or service are being abused or neglected or are at risk of being abused and neglected, you are mandated to make a report to Lorain County Children Services. You do not need to have proof that abuse or neglect has occurred. A suspicion based on an observation or a statement made to you by a child or family member is sufficient.


You can make a report by calling LCCS at 329-5340 and asking the receptionist to direct your call to an Intake Referral Specialist. If you access our hot-line, an answering service worker will receive your call and contact the agency Caseworker on-call. At this point, the On-Call Caseworker is given your number so that he or she may call you and take your report.


When making a report, it is helpful if you are able to provide as much information as possible about the child and the family about whom you are calling. The following information helps us to more accurately prioritize and more quickly respond to your reports.


  • Name of child, date of birth, social security number

  • Names and ages of all other family members

  • Address and Telephone Number of family

  • School child attends

  • People who are a support to the child and/or family

  • Other agencies providing services to the child or family

  • As much specific information as possible about what abuse or neglect has occurred

  • How you obtained knowledge of abuse or neglect

  • Degree of access alleged perpetrator of abuse or neglect has to the child


As mandated reporters, you are entitled to information as to whether a report you have made is taken for investigation and whether the family’s case is closed upon the completion of investigation or assigned for protective services. You should give the Referral Specialist your address and telephone number so that this information can be relayed to you.

LIST OF SERVICES OFFERED


To determine whether or not abuse or neglect can be substantiated during an investigation, an initial Safety Assessment is completed to ascertain imminent risk of serious harm to the child and a Family Assessment is conducted, during which all family members are interviewed. Through use of our Safety and Family Assessment, an over-all level of risk of future abuse and neglect is determined. At times, a family’s case may be closed upon completion of investigation even when abuse or neglect has been substantiated. However, at times, a family’s case is assigned for protective services despite the fact that we have found no evidence of prior abuse or neglect. The decision as to whether a child or family is in need of our services is based on a determination of over-all risk of future abuse and neglect.


  • Intake: Investigation of alleged abuse or neglect and assessment of risk of future abuse or neglect to children as well as some short term case management and child protection services for families. Caseworkers also provide information and referral services to the public at large.




  • Protective Services: On-going case management and child protection for families is provided both while children remain in the care of their parents and when the children are in substitute care settings. When children are removed from the care of their parents, LCCS Caseworkers work toward the goal of safely reunifying children with their parents, while simultaneously exploring other permanent living arrangements for the children. When children are unable to be reunified with their parents, Caseworkers seek permanent living arrangements, such as: permanent placement with relatives, adoption, or planned permanent living arrangements.




  • Family Based Care Units: Recruit, license, and provide on-going support to both foster and adoptive families. In addition, Family Based Care Caseworkers match children’s needs with foster and adoptive family strengths in order to make the best placement decisions possible.




  • Independent Living Caseworkers: Provide independent living services to children between the ages of 16 and 21 years of age. Services include: independent living skills assessment, teaching of skills needed in order to budget, locate and maintain employment and housing. As a rule, only children who are or have been in the custody of Lorain County Children Services are eligible to receive these services.




  • Alcohol & Drug Services Caseworkers: Complete drug and alcohol assessments, make treatment recommendations, and provide on-going case management services to both adults and children diagnosed with alcohol or drug related difficulties.




  • Extended Casework Services Caseworkers: Provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments for children involved with the agency, as needed, and for all children entering LCCS custody. The caseworker then assists with making referrals to appropriate providers in the community based upon the outcome of the assessment, and assists in monitoring utilization of community services.



CRITERIA USED TO CLOSE CASES


When working with a family, LCCS focuses its efforts on permanency, well-being, and alleviating risk that the children in the family will again experience abuse or neglect.


LCCS services are voluntary in situations in which abuse or neglect has been identified as a concern, risk of future abuse or neglect is low, and the family has agreed to work with LCCS. When voluntary clients demonstrate unwillingness or inability to benefit from LCCS services and there is no imminent risk of harm to the child, we close the family’s case.


LCCS services become involuntary in cases in which children are at moderate to high risk of future abuse or neglect and the family demonstrates an unwillingness or inability to utilize our services. LCCS may ask the Court to order families to work with LCCS while the children remain in the home. LCCS may also ask the Court to order the family to work with LCCS while the children are safe in the care of a relative, friend, or foster home. If parents continue to show an inability to work with LCCS to reduce risk of future abuse or neglect, LCCS plans an alternative permanent living arrangement for the child and closes the case once the child is secure in legal, permanent placement. When parents have demonstrated that they have learned and are utilizing skills and habits that greatly reduce risk of future abuse or neglect of the children, LCCS is able to reunify the children with their parents. If the family demonstrates an ability to maintain use of newly learned skills or lifestyle changes that reduced risk of future abuse and neglect, LCCS is able to close the family’s case.


Case Closure, like case opening, is based on overall risk of future abuse or neglect.


STAFF LIST:

Name: Position: Phone: Email Address:

Dr. Gary Crow Executive Director 329-5333 garycrow@childrenservices.org

Jeannie Weisbrod Deputy Executive Director 329-5318 Jeannieweisbrod@childrenservices.org

Sue Nowlin Director of Social Services, 329-5339 suenowlin@childrenservices.org

Ancillary Services

Sandra Hamilton Director of Social Services, 329-5331 sandrahamilton@childrenservices.org

Direct Services

Joseph Carver Director of Fiscal Affairs 329-5677 josephcarver@childrenservices.org

Steve Chozinski Ombudsman 329-5316 stevechozinski@childrenservices.org

Kristen Fox Berki Direct Services Manager 329-5692 kristenfox@childrenservices.org

Jane Robertson Family Based Care Manager 329-5317 janerobertson@childrenservices.org

Jennifer Marple Continuous Quality 329-5321 jennifermarple@childrenservices.org

Improvement Manager

Brenda Alexander Administrative Services 329-5646 brendaalexander@childrenservices.org

Manager

Don Starett Human Resources Manager 329-5325 donaldstarett@childrenservices.org

Patti Jo Burtnett Public Information Manager 329-5172 pattijoburtnett@childrenservices.org

Direct Services Supervisory Staff

Name

Director

Position

Phone #


E-mail Address

Dravenstott, Dana

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5349

DanaDravenstott@ChildrenServices.org


Turcola, Christina

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5647

ChristinaTurcola@ChildrenServices.org

Griffiths, Nancy

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5664

NancyGriffiths@ChildrenServices.org


Haight, Julie

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5694

JulieHaight@ChildrenServices.org

Trachsel, Natalie

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5348

NatalieTrachsel@ChildrenServices.org


Mahl, Rosemary

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5303

RosemaryMahl@ChildrenServices.org

Hall, Andrea

Sandra Hamilton

Casework Supervisor

440-329-5733

AndreaHall@ChildrenServices.org


Bradford, Pam

Sandra Hamilton

Caseworker Supervisor

440-329-5675

PamBradford@ChildrenServices.org


Pittner, Amanda

Sandra Hamilton

Caseworker Supervisor

440-329-5784

AmandaPittner@ChildrenServices.org


Segraves, Gail

Sandra Hamilton/Kristen Fox Berki

Support Staff

440-329-5682

GailSegraves@ChildrenServices.org

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