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Factors To Be Considered By The Caseworker:



Participants were asked what factors they
thought should be considered when the caseworker makes a recommendation either
that a child should stay in the home or be removed. First, they hoped they
could assume that there are guidelines that cover that type of decision.


·      
I assume
caseworkers must have some type of training about the questions to ask.


Beyond that, though, participants did express
their opinions about the factors that should be considered:


·      
The
potential for the parents to resolve the problem themselves


·      
The
severity of the problem


·      
The
family’s history and past substantiation of abuse


·      
The
living conditions of the home on a surprise visit


·      
What the
child reports or says


·      
The
quality of interactions between the parent and child


·      
The age
of the child


·      
Whether
the family has sought help


·      
The
effect on the child of being jerked in and out and in and out of the home





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