Yvonne’s Brief Story



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Handout #1



Yvonne’s Brief Story



Yvonne is a 23-year-old single mother. She has 3 children, all by different fathers. They are ages 7, 4, and 2. The concern of her neighbors is that the 7 year old is often truant from school, and that Yvonne is not adequately supervising the children because she sleeps “all the time.” Imagine that you visit Yvonne and her family. This is what you see: Yvonne lives in a small apartment in a low-income housing complex. The 2 year old has a runny nose, and the apartment is a mess. Clutter is everywhere. Yvonne indicates that she is having difficulty getting the 7 year old to school because she oversleeps a lot. The space heater is near a pile of dirty diapers, and there is a small superficial burn on the 2 year old’s hand from getting too close to the heater. Yvonne indicates that she does sleep a lot but denies neglecting her children.”

Handout #2

The Rest of Yvonne’s Story

My parents didn’t want me when I was young. From age 10, I was placed with various relatives, and eventually in a series of foster homes. By the time I was 15, I had run away, but no one tried to find me. At 16, I gave birth to my first child, who is now 7. Her father did not see me through the pregnancy. I was alone in the hospital when I had her. There were two other important men in my life. The father of my second child, now age 4, worked and helped support us. He was a good guy, except when he drank. Then he would sometimes get violent, and very jealous. Sometimes he hit me; often he yelled at me and called me names. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and managed to get to the domestic violence shelter. They helped me get my current apartment, which is Section 8 housing. I only have to pay $8 a month for rent. Then I became pregnant with my third child. Her father does give me some money from time to time, and he visits her. I did finish high school and worked as a nurses aide, but I lost my job because I began having severe seizures. I saw a doctor, and he prescribed medication, which helped. About 6 months ago, I ran out of the medication. I have no car and no money to take a cab to the doctor. I don’t have anyone I can ask. Since I’ve been off the medication, I am having seizures several times a day. They really wipe me out, and so I sleep a lot. I love my kids and I know I’m not taking care of them the way I should, but I don’t know how to get the help I need.”


Handout #3




Community Partnerships for Protecting Children


Are your reform efforts working?
They are if:
Families routinely participate in the case planning through the use of family team meetings;
Meetings are held "as needed" and not on a pre-established time frame;
The plans crafted look different for each family(if everyone is being referred to parenting classes, anger management classes, psychological evaluations, and drug testing, the plans are NOT being individualized);
The network your workers and families depend upon includes services that will make a difference for families over the long term - housing, employment and training opportunities, and transportation;
There are effective ways to assess for and address other problem areas such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues;
Your governing board identifies gaps in services and approaches funders to bridge those gaps;
Your network manages to help families find "substitutes" for the ideal service when the ideal is not available;
Families in your community know who they can go to when they have problems - before CPS gets involved;
There is a defined outreach activity for those your governing board has identified as most "at risk" - i.e., teen moms, families with live-in boyfriends, etc.;
You can say, with confidence, that families are served differently and better now than they were before;

Finally, if YOU or your loved ones were in trouble, you would refer them to any part of your community partnership with confidence that they would be well served.

Marno Batterson


Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

Rollout Conference, February 2002, Orlando, Florida

Handout # 4



STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
NAME:______________________________________
PLEASE CHECK ONE:
_______ I am interested in being a part of this exciting initiative and serving on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.
_______ I am not interested in serving on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.
_______ I have not decided if I want to serve on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
NAME:______________________________________
PLEASE CHECK ONE:
_______ I am interested in being a part of this exciting initiative and serving on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.
_______ I am not interested in serving on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.

_______ I have not decided if I want to serve on the shared decision-making group to help implement Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in my community.




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