the settlement agreement presents clear guidelines for practice, often, real
life and real lives are less clear.Often in case management, staff are
presented with seeming conflicts in
practice principles and policies.Conflicts may exist around certain principles; including: placement within a 75-mile radius, value of
relative placement options, number of children
in a home, replacement with a former foster family, and case load caps (based on immediate number).It may not be possible, based on individual situations and needs to satisfy all policy criteria simultaneously.
Key to decisions in such cases must be the best interest of the child.Working towards the child’s “best interest” includes preserving
connections, supporting permanency goals, and certainly providing for safety.
sorting through challenging or conflicting situations, the case manager has at
his/her disposal the opportunity to consult
with supervisors, attorneys, central office program staff, and importantly, the child, family, and other vested
Complications and Challenges from the “Real World”