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ERIC Number: ED378475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 56
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Development of a Training Model To Increase Caseworker's Specificity, Clarity of Item Definition and Timeliness in Writing Individual Service Plans for Children in Foster Care.
Eberwein, Carolyn A.
This paper reports on a practicum designed to teach foster-care caseworkers how to improve the specificity and clarity of item definition on Individual Service Plans (ISPs) for children in foster care. Most agencies require that within 30 days of accepting a child for foster care, agency caseworkers must complete an ISP which establishes goals for the child to meet with the help of his or her foster parents and foster-care agency caseworker. Goals are also set for the child's birth parents in order to prepare for the child's eventual return to the birth-family home. The caseworker must devise the goals in a timely manner, stipulating measurable outcomes, but in one agency noted in the paper, caseworkers set ISP goals that were unclear, difficult to measure, and lacking in behavioral specificity. After studying the problem, it was proposed that a two-part program be developed to try to remedy these difficulties. In part one, an Individual Service Plan Evaluation and Instruction instrument was developed. Then, for part two, an Individual Service Plan Tracking Sheet was used. Workers were trained to use both instruments. Although these measures demonstrated that ISP goals can be written more clearly in more measurable terms, the project's specific goals were not met. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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