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Methodology
CDSS Measure 2F By Month
Timely Monthly Caseworker Visits (Out of Home)
To Report

Notes on Data Source

These reports are available for children in Child Welfare Department and Probation supervised care. Children who are not court dependents who are placed with non-relative legal guardians are not included.

Reports for the probation agency type are not available for years prior to 2012, since CWS/CMS was not structured to collect client contact data for probation supervised children.

This report considers each month separately. For an annual summary of monthly data, which corresponds to data in the CWS Outcomes report, please see ‘2F By Year - Timely monthly caseworker visits (out of home)'. For each month, three numbers are determined for children in care:

1. The number of children in care who were required to have an in-person contact, i.e., the child:
  • Must have been less than 18 years of age on the first day of the month;
  • Must have been in an open placement episode during the entire month (i.e., the episode start date must have been on or before the first day of the month and the episode end date must have been on or after the last day of the month);
  • The child must have either been in a foster care placement, on a trial home visit or on run-away status;
  • The child must not have been in a non-foster care placement (e.g., hospital) during any part of the month; and
  • The child must not have been placed into California from another state via the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) i.e., been the responsibility of another state.
2. The number and percent of children in Group 1 who had at least one in-person contact during the month, i.e., the visit must have:
  • Occurred during the reporting month;
  • Been completed (status code from the delivered services table is “C”);
  • Been in-person (communication method of 408 from the delivered services table); and
  • Had contact type of “staff person to child” (contact party type of 425 from the contact party delivered services table).

3. The number and percent of children in Group 2 where at least one of that month’s in-person contacts was in the placement facility, i.e., the visit had a contact location of “home” or “in placement” (contact location type of 417 or 5524 on the delivered service table).

Note: Cells containing a period (".") represent a value of zero. In cells representing quotients, a period may also indicate the indeterminate form 0/0.

This measure may also be run with filters in place to restrict the data to various subgroups of other variables (e.g., Black subgroup of the Ethnicity variable, <1 year old subgroup of the Age variable, etc.). Please see the links below for details:


Agency Type

Age Group

Ethnic Group

Gender

Placement Type