Sample Case Study on Conduct Home Visits Under Supervision

Social Work and Human Services Case Study

Conduct Home Visits, Under Supervision but Case Manager Conduct (2) Home Visits

Before conducting a home visit, the documentation required includes that on family history and background, relationships and marital status, medical history, alcohol and substance abuse, parenting experience family life, child care, financial capacity, and employment and transportation arrangements. These details are contained in the CS-0961 Resource Family Home Study. The safety documentation includes the environmental health assessment report, vaccination, floor arrangement, fire preparedness report, and the random testing report. In placement of children in a foster home, the home must be licensed. The licensing counselor submits the documentation to the licensing authority for approval (Florida, 2011).  The home study is then conducted for the next thirty days and the home study summary is documented. If the home study summary is not approved, the process of alternative placement is initiated.

On completion of the safety assessment and its submission to the licensing authority, the home may be licensed. The application packet and home study must be completed for a provisional license to be obtained. The county health department must also assess and be satisfied with the home health status. The SDM assessment is meant to assist parents to handle cases that may have some impact on the children safety. The report prepared features the parents’ progress and the mental health. The substance abuse councilors are involved to provide the motivation required. The role of the case managers and councilors is to hold pre-service training and also in service training, which contributes to competency in the adoption cases.

Conducting Family Centered, Strength Based, and Culturally Responsive Home Visit

A family centered home visit is focused on engaging the family in the safety and family wellbeing activities that facilitate effective functioning of families. The exercise provides solutions to family challenges by empowering, partnering and engaging the family members in the goals and decision making process. The study process involved gathering information through observations and interviews. This assists in identifying the training needs and the resources required to support the family. The initial step in conducting a family centered visit is creating a good relationship between the service providers and parents characterized by mutual trust, openness, honesty and respect.  The next step would involve identifying the services that are relevant, culturally responsive and individualized depending on the family’s needs. The family should then be connected to the community based networks for a comprehensive family support. The exercise should recognize the strength of the family union in the attainment of a child centered society that values the family values, norms and beliefs.

The service providers need to notify the family members on the intended purpose of the family visit. This will enhance the communication strategy. The service providers can then address the emotional, educational and emotional child welfare needs. The safety and risks analysis should then be addressed and the training needs can be determined though the family interactions. The home study visit assists in enhancing the level of interaction between the resource parents and the agency (Florida, 2011). The family strengths and ability to find solutions are also enhanced. The indentified family gaps through this study can then be refilled to ensure a strength-based, culturally responsive and family-centered outcome. The final stages involve the review of the home study in collaboration with the family members and finally getting the signatures.

Collateral Contact that Need to be made

The collateral contact includes the medical records, court records, mental health records and the police reports and reports from other agencies that have in one way or another come into contact with the family under study. The results of these documentations assist in identification of the abilities, strengths, risks and a families ability to find solution to some of the underlying problems. The agency is consequently able to address the specific needs of the family.  The safety plan can be indentified trough interviews that cover on the parenting capacity, description from neighborhood and the family history. The permanency, protective and case plan progress can be determined through the home assessment tool and the form pertaining to the family character, values and ethics. The assessment tool is able to identify any missing details that facilitate follow up.

Case Note for Each Home and Collateral Contact

A collateral contact is used to obtain details on the situation of a household and may include the neighbors, care providers and other individuals outside the household. The contact is in form of questionnaire and determines the eligibility of a household’s circumstances.  The contact may take the form of a home visit, interviews or in writing. The home case note is composed of the name, date, purpose participants and contact summary and defines the assessment type undertaken including its type and nature of the contact.

SDM Assessment

The following questions are used for SDM assessment and require a yes or no response.

  1. Was the conducted risk assessment relevant (Yes)
  2. Was the process of assessment completed (no)
  • Did the assessment cover the appropriate number of households (yes)
  1. Did the documentation of the risk assessment happen in real time (no)
  2. Does the score of the assessment reflect the situation on the ground (yes)
  3. Did the assessment override some details (no)
  • Does the planned activities reflect the score of the assessment (yes)
  • Are the recommendation presented viable (yes)

From the results of this SDM assessment the supervisor will be able to undertake the required adjustments accordingly. The results of the assessment will assist in the attainment of the goals that promotes the safety of the children.



Florida. (2011). Florida statutes. S.l.: State of Florida.