15: Managing Your Case: Resources & Case Planning

By now you know that a CPS case can be very complicated. There is so much going on, so many people you have to talk to, and so many important dates to remember. There is no way to remember everything unless you write it down!

This section includes resources to help you manage your case and the many responsibilities that come with working with CPS and all of the people involved with your family right now. Keeping track of appointments, visits with your children, and class attendance can help you show the court and CPS how hard you are working to protect your children!

The following resources can help you keep it all straight.

Contact Log. Record the name, email, phone number, address, and job title of everyone involved in your case.

Important Event Checklist. Record the date of every court hearing and CPS meeting and check it off after it’s over; this will help you remember where you are in the case after months of hearings and other court proceedings.

Phone Logs. Every time you call your caseworker or someone else related to your case – even if you leave a message or if someone calls you about your case, write down the date, the person’s phone number, the name of the person calling, and what you talked about. If you tried calling but the person wasn’t there, write down what you said in the voice mail message.

Visitation Checklist and Log. Use a checklist to help you get ready EACH time you have a visit with your child. Also, fill in a line of the log EVERY time you visit with your child. Write down the date, the time, what you did during the visit, and anything else that seems important. For example, if you were late to the visit, write down why you were late; if the visit was cut short, write down what happened; if your child seemed upset, write down what seemed to be the problem and what you did to try and help.

Create Additional Logs. If necessary, and use them to record anything else that you think the judge or CPS might find important. For example, if you are paying child support, keep track of those payments. If you are searching for a job, keep track of where you are looking and if you have a job interview. And if you are attending AA, NA, or another support group, write down the date every time you go. If you can get someone to sign the log to prove that you attended the meeting, that’s even better.

Create a To Do List. This list can be based on your service plan, but can also include other things you need to do. For example, apply for help with housing, buy a new coat for your child, or call your friend about getting a ride to court next week. This is a good way to keep track of all the things that might be forgotten if they’re not written down in one place.

My Support System. Identify the people in your life who can help support you. Write the contact information on your contact log. This could include friends, family members, counselors, teachers, sponsors, caseworkers, religious leaders, or employers. This will help you know who to reach out to in times of need.

 

A FEW LAST TIPS

Take this Guide with you to every meeting and every court date so that you can write down what happens.

Get a folder or staple a large envelope to the back of this Guide. You can use the folder to hold important letters, business cards, completion certificates (for classes and other services), and other notes.

As your caseworker for maps to the courthouse, the CPS office where you will go to meet with your caseworker or visit with your child, and any other place you need to go (for example, doctor’s offices or drug testing locations). Keep these maps with this Guide so you have them when you need them most.

If you take the bus, you can ask your caseworker for help figuring out which bus route to take to court, CPS, or other places where you need to go for services or to visit with your child. Write the bus numbers down and keep them with this Guide and the rest of your case information.

Anytime you can’t remember something or there is a disagreement about what you need to do (or have done), pull out this Guide and the logs and show it to the person you are talking to!

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER…
READ THIS GUIDE!
STAY ORGANIZED and INVOLVED!
ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF and YOUR CHILD!

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Contacts with My Caseworker

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Contacts with Others

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Service Plan Element

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Location (if applicable)

Met with/Contacted

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Follow-Up required?

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Individual Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

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My Support System

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