EEC Management Bulletin
EMB FY 2011-08

PDF Version PDF

 



Subject:

EEC Financial Assistance for Supportive Families

Date Issued:January 7, 2011
Effective Date:Immediate
For Use By:

EEC Supportive Child Care Providers and Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Synopsis:

Establishes and implements a policy that allows DCF families to receive supportive child care services for a transition period of up to six months upon DCF case closure

Further Info:bulletinquestions@massmail.state.ma.us

Introduction

The purpose of this Bulletin is to implement a policy that allows families involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to receive Transitional Supportive Child Care services, for a period of up to six (6) months upon the closure of their case with DCF.

 

DCF Transitional Child Care

language that permits the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to utilize funding from EEC's 3000-3050 Supportive Child Care account " to provide services during a transition period of 6 months for families upon the closure of their [Department of Children and Families (DCF)] case." Historically this account has exclusively funded children and families open as consumers with DCF.

 

DCF Case Closure and the Provision of Transitional Supportive Child Care

The decision to close a DCF case shall be discussed by the social worker with the family. If a family is receiving Supportive Child Care, as a component of their current DCF Service Plan, DCF should consider discussing case closure with the Supportive Child Care Provider who may have helpful input that may inform the Department's decision around case closure.

In cases where the child is currently receiving Supportive Child Care, the DCF social worker, in conjunction with his/her supervisor, should consider the need and appropriateness of Transitional Supportive Child Care for a period of up to 6 months. This is a clinical decision based on the interest in ensuring the family's continued progress toward stabilization, continuing to reduce risk, and potential for repeat maltreatment.


Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: January 7, 2011.