Subject 290-2-19 SOCIAL SERVICES
services shall be an integral part of the service available to the unmarried
mother. The goal of casework with the unmarried mother is:
|(2)||Private Home operators shall notify the Department of Human Resources, Division of Community Services each time an unmarried mother is admitted giving name of the unmarried mother, age, and date of admission. The Division of Community Services shall notify the local County Departments so that each unmarried mother may be offered social work service. Forms for this notification will be furnished by the Division.|
|(3)||There shall be a social study by a caseworker on the Maternity Home's staff or by a caseworker of the referring agency for every unmarried mother accepted for care.|
|(4)||The caseworker in the Maternity Home, in consultation with the administrator and/or supervisor, shall make the decision whether to accept an applicant for residential care, on the basis of the needs and problems of the girl and the make-up of the group currently in residence.|
|(5)||The intake study shall include social information indicating that the unmarried mother is in need of the services of the Maternity Home.|
|(6)|| The caseworker shall discuss with the
|(7)||Following admission, the caseworker has the responsibility for seeing the unmarried mother as often as her individual needs require. It should be possible for one caseworker to continue to work with the unmarried mother as long as necessary and/or until she can accept transfer to another worker or agency.|
|(8)||Interviewing shall be focused on the unmarried mother's individual problems and on plans for the child.|
|(9)||When social work responsibilities are shared by the Home's caseworker and the caseworker in the referring agency, careful planning and communication should take place to avoid duplication or conflict, and repetition of the same story to several people.|
|(10)||If practical, the caseworker from the referring agency who would be responsible for continuing casework should provide the casework services for the unmarried mother. The Home's caseworker should help with adjustment to and use of the group living experience and coordination of services within the Maternity Home for each girl in accordance with the treatment plan.|
|(11)||The caseworker should know at the time of discharge what plans the unmarried mother has for living arrangements, employment or school. It is the caseworker's responsibility to assist the unmarried mother directly or through referral to another agency when she needs help in this area.|
The Maternity Home is an experience in group living. How the group experience is used by the unmarried mother depends on the leadership. Each Maternity Home should have at least one professionally trained social group worker who can work with the group in the role of helper or enabler.
|(1)||Psychiatric services should be available in providing help to the unmarried mother whose personality disturbances have led to the out-of-wedlock pregnancy.|
|(2)|| The services of the
psychiatrist may be used for:
Psychological services should be used selectively to contribute to diagnosis, or to vocational and educational planning. Psychological testing should be supplemented by consultation with the psychologist or psychiatrist.
Information regarding each unmarried mother shall be considered as confidential. Information should be shared only when professional judgment indicates it is in the best interest of the client or when the Agency's responsibility to the community requires it. In general it is desirable to secure written consent of the unmarried mother in order to share information with other agencies or individuals.
A confidential case record shall be maintained for each unmarried mother.
Records for each mother shall include:
|(2)|| A confidential case record for the baby