Finding the best placement the first time for a child coming into care is every foster care or kinship social worker’s mission. But that’s easier said than done when you only have a partial understanding of the child’s story. What if you could uncover a complete history of previous placements, medications, behavioral issues, and other key information to shape your decision? Imagine if that child's case file could talk to you.
Maybe you’re new to the case or an on call social worker required to immediately find a safe place for a child to stay the night. With little time and a lot at stake, you need a complete understanding of the family and case in a moment’s notice. What are the important medical and emotional needs? What can help minimize trauma? Imagine if you could gain immediate insights from a wealth of historical knowledge to make quick decisions about safety and lessen the hurt just a little.
The best predictor of a child’s future safety is a thorough understanding of the detailed past, including prior traumatic incidents, people connected to the family, and major events; however, understanding a child’s whole story can feel impossible to social workers when critical information about the case is often hidden or virtually impossible to retrieve.
How can social workers uncover this critical information to make informed, confident decisions? Meet Traverse®—the protective services case discovery platform from Northwoods.