Fathers going through the DCYF dependency process are oftentimes overwhelmed, intimated, and lose hope. Too many times the system does not support them to be the fathers they want to be for their children. Part 1 was an overal review of the dependency process, including dads in shared planning meetings, and the resources available to fathers. In this Part 2 session of the series, DCYF Staff shared details about the initial screening process used by DCYF, the overall Safety Framework used by the agency and its use throughout the life of a case. It included what a safety framework is, why it is used, how it works and the different types of plans.
Part 3 will be coming in early 2024 where DCYS staff will discuss the agency goal of permanency for a child: the unconditional life-long commitment by an adult who is nurturing and competent, who can provide a child with physical safety , emotional security and a sense of belonging. And what goes into determining which outcome is recommended: reunification, guardianship, guardianship of a minor or adoption.
Jasmine Hodges, Child Safety Program Manager, Washington State, Department of Children, Youth and Families
Jasmine Hodges has been working for Department of Children, Youth and Family Services in Washington State since 2013. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University and a Masters in Counseling from Webster University, Geneva Switzerland. Jasmine has worked as a child protective services case worker, investigations, family assessment response and family voluntary services supervisor, program manager of dependency courts and a quality practice specialist coaching and supporting practice improvement. Jasmine is currently the statewide program manager for child safety at DCYF.
Tarassa Froberg, Family Assessment Response and Family Voluntary Services Program Manager, Washington State, Department of Children Youth and Families
Tarassa Froberg is the current Child Protection Services and Family Voluntary Services Program Manager at DCYF. She has worked in Child Welfare in various capacities for 26 year. Tarassa has a bachelors degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters in Social Worker from the University of Washington. She is passionate about keeping children safe while prioritizing the value of family and respect for the culture in which they live.