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62-JV-15-237

Filed in Second Judicial District Court


9/25/2015 3:42:39 PM
Ramsey County, MN

CURRENT DATE OF COURT-


CHILD’S NAME DOB DATE OF OHP
AGE ORDERED OHP

Confidential information Confidential Confidential 3/23/15 3/26/15


Child 1
Confidential information Confidential Confidential 1/26/15 2/3/15
Child 2
Confidential information Confidential Confidential 3/23/15 3/26/15
Child 3
Confidential information Confidential Confidential 3/23/15 3/26/15
Child 4

II. OUT OF HOME PLACEMENT INFORMATION

Total number of days the child has/have been in out-of-home care either through a voluntary
placement agreement or court-ordered placement, including all cumulative time within the
previous five years: Child 1= 186 days Child 2= 246 days; Child 3= 186 days ; Child 4= 186
days

Below is the placement history for each child within the previous five (5) years:

CHILD’S NAME PLACEMENT NAME DATES IN PLACEMENT

Child 1 Confidential information Confidential information

Child 2 Confidential information Confidential information

Child 3 Confidential information Confidential information

Child 4 Confidential information Confidential information

III. PERMANENCY AND CONCURRENT PLANNING

For children who were under 8 years old at the time of the OHP, 6 month permanency progress
review hearing has occurred: Yes No X

If no, it is scheduled for: July 30, 2015


If yes, the court ordered:

Dates that Concurrent Planning Full Disclosures were discussed and signed by parents: 1/26/15
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IV. INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT


The Indian Child Welfare Act applies to the child(ren) in this case: ____ YES __X__ NO

Tribe that the child(ren) are eligible for membership in: N/A
V. REASON FOR CHILD PROTECTION INVOLVEMENT
(Brief summary of the issues that brought the child and family to the attention of the RCCHSD).

Child 2 (victim) reported to school staff that her daddy, Mr. Watkins hit her. Staff observed
Heaven to have a swollen lip as a result of being hit by her father. There were also concerns
regarding Heaven’s highly sexualized behavior and statements.
It was reported to the child protection worker that the father of the children, Mr. Watkins was
selling drugs out of the house and he used Child 1 sometimes to deliver drugs. It was reported
that Mr. Watkins kept his drugs in glass jars and he had put jars in Child 1’s backpack and sent
him to a specific place to deliver.

It was reported that Mr. Watkins had guns in the house and sometime stored them in places that
were not safe for the younger children. The weapons were often moved around from the kitchen
cabinet drawer, to the couch (tucked inside) and the reporter was not sure how many.

The reporter indicated that Mr. Watkins kept his drugs in the kitchen cabinet or under the table in
the kitchen and sometimes behind the couch. The reporter indicated that the kids were in the
house when he sold drugs from the back door. Random people are in and out of the back door
all the time and he’s always in the house during the school day- but he would often leave at
night. The reporter also indicated that the house was broken into and guns were involved. They
were robbed and it was not likely reported because it would bring attention to the house.

VI. RELATIVE SEARCH

The responsible social services agency has conducted a relative search regarding the child(ren) in
this case: X YES NO

If NO, have the parents cooperated with the relative search? YES NO

A court order to require the parents’ cooperation with the relative search is requested?
YES NO

If a relative search was conducted, list what it consisted of: The children are currently placed
with relatives.

VII. FAMILY GROUP DECISION-MAKING

A FGDM meeting has taken place: X YES X NO


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Date of the FGDM meeting: 5/19/15

If applicable, what were the outcomes of the FGDM meeting?


Goal of the Meeting: Strengthen and enhance support for Ms. Smith and assist her in her goal
to have her children returned to her.

VIII. THE CHILDREN


(Describe each child individually. Describe child’s needs, current circumstances, services you
have provided, child’s adjustment to OHP within the last 90 days and culturally specific services
provided).

Child 1 is doing well and attending individual therapy every other week. Child 1 is working on
goals addressing healthy boundaries. Child 1 has been under a Trial Home Visit with their mom
since July 31, 2015. The child is attending Obama Elementary School and doing well.

Child 2 has complex medical needs. Child 2 was born extremely premature, weighing only 1.7
pounds and needing to stay in intensive care for 3 ½ months. The child had a brain hemorrhage
and hydrocephalus that resulted in a shunt being placed. Child 2 has been diagnosed with
cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and vision problems. She is under the care of many frequent
professionals, including a neurologist, orthopedist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist,
mental health therapist, and ophthalmologist, in addition to her pediatrician.

Heaven functions at a 2 year old level and has an IEP at her school. Because of her difficulty
communicating, Heaven’s anxiety over trauma triggers comes out in unexpected and sometimes
aggressive ways. She also lacks the capacity to communicate effectively if she has been hurt or
victimized. Child 2 does not qualify for DD services because she has many professionals
working with this child and is receiving over 50 hours of PCA service per week.

Child 3 is currently receiving Speech Therapy at their school. Child 4 meets on a weekly basis
with her Early Head Start Teacher in her foster home. Children 3 and 4 will be gradually
transitioning into their Trial Home Visit with their mother on:
9/25/15 at 5:00 pm, Latoya will pick up the girls from their foster home
9/27/15 at 5:00 pm, Latoya will return the girls to their foster home
10/2/15 at 5:00 pm, Latoya will pick up the girls from their foster home
10/4/15 at 5:00 pm, Latoya will return the girls to their foster home
10/9/15 at 5:00 pm, Latoya will pick up the girls from their foster home and the full Trial Home
Visit will be underway.
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The children have received their routine immunizations, dental and eye care appointments. The
children are happy to be transitioning into their Trial Home Visit with their mother.

IX. SIBLING PLACEMENT/VISITATION SCHEDULE


(If not included in review, list all siblings, their ages, where they are currently living. Describe efforts
to place siblings together and sibling visitation schedule if not placed together).

Children 2-4 see each other on a daily basis. Children 1, 3 and 4 are transitioning into a Trial
Home Visit with their mother.

X. PREPARATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (Children 16 or older)


(Attach written ILP that you prepared. Describe other efforts you have made to ensure that
services have been provided to transition the child into independent living).

N/A

XI. THE AGENCY’S EFFORTS TO IMPLEMENT THE CASE PLAN


(Describe your efforts to offer a case plan, date parent signed, date submitted to Court. List culturally
specific services).

MCRC
Rule 25
Random UA’s
Individual/Family Therapy
Parenting intervention services
Housing
Parent Educator
Early Head Start

XII. MOTHER’S CASE PLAN PROGRESS DURING PREVIOUS 90 DAYS


(Describe case plan compliance to each requirement, outline visitation schedule and summarize
visitation compliance).

Housing/Food/Basic Needs:
Task 1. Ms. Smith will maintain stable housing and provide a drug free environment for her
children. Level of Progress: Satisfactory.

Parent’s Mental Health


Ms. Smith has experienced significant stress and trauma in dealing with the removal of her
children and personal past trauma.
Task 2. Ms. Smith will see a therapist to help deal with her past trauma and child protection
involvement. Level of Progress: Satisfactory.
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Chemical Dependency
Task 3: Ms. Smith has agreed to submit to a Rule 25.
Level of Progress: Satisfactory. Ms. Smith successfully completed the Rule 25 and has been
recommended to submit to random UA’s. If she should test positive, the assessor will re-
evaluate Ms. Smith. Ms. Smith understands there is NO tolerance for illegal drugs or weapons
in her home. Those items cannot be in her home under any conditions or circumstances. Any
incident of drugs or weapons in her home will have very serious negative impact on the
children returning to live with Ms. Smith

Day-to-Day Parenting/Child Well-Being


Task 4. Ms. Smith will attend her children’s medical and school appointments.
Level of Progress: In Process.

Task 5. Ms. Smith needs to demonstrate complete understanding of her children’s medical
protocol required to care for them.
Level of Progress: In Process.

Task 6. Ms. Smith will attend scheduled visits consistently and be on time.
Level of Progress: In Process.

Task 7: Ms. Smith will work cooperatively with the agency on coordination of services. This
includes signing releases and connecting with service providers to provide information to begin
services.
Level of Progress: Satisfactory.

Task 8: Ms. Smith will report any changes to the agency that impacts their case plan. This
would include phone numbers, address changes, household changes or medical needs.
Level of Progress: Satisfactory.

Task 9: Ms. Smith will fully cooperate with the Guardian ad Litem and Kinship worker.
Level of Progress: Satisfactory.

XIII. FATHER’S CASE PLAN PROGRESS DURING PREVIOUS 90 DAYS


(Describe case plan compliance to each requirement, outline visitation schedule and summarize
visitation compliance).

Mr. Baynes is currently serving time in prison in the state of Florida and expected to be released
on July 17, 2017. Mr. Baynes wrote a letter to the Kinship worker and informed that that it is difficult
for him to have phone contact as he is in “Special Housing” and locked up for 23 hours with 1 hour out
each day.

Mr. Watkins whereabouts are unknown at this time and the agency has informed relatives that if
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they should speak with him, to contact RCCHSD immediately. He has been noncompliant with
RCCHSD.

Behaviors That Need to Change:


Task 1: Mr. Watkins will recognize and accept the full responsibility for keeping his children
safe from physical abuse and understands there is NO tolerance for illegal drugs or weapons in
his home. Those items cannot be in his home under any conditions or circumstances. Any
incident of drugs or weapons in his home will have very serious negative impact on the
children returning to live with him.

Task 2: Mr. Watkins will complete a Rule 25.

Task 3: Mr. Watkins will participate in an anger management class.

Task 4: Mr. Watkins will identify a safe and appropriate housing environment for his children.

Task5: Mr. Watkins will fully cooperate with the Guardian ad Litem and Kinship worker.

Task 6: Mr. Watkins will work cooperatively with the agency on coordination of services. This
includes signing releases and connecting with service providers to provide information to begin
services.

Task 7: Mr. Watkins will report any changes to the agency that impacts their case plan. This
would include phone numbers, address changes, household changes or medical needs.

XIV. RECOMMENDATIONS

I believe that the best interests of the child will be served if the Court adopts the following
recommendations:

1. RCCHSD recommends that Temporary Legal Custody remain with the Agency.

2. RCCHSD recommends that Child 2 remain in their out of home placement.

3. That RCCHSD continue Temporary Custody of Children 1, 3 and 4 while the agency
continues to monitor the Trial Home Visit for another 90 days.

I certify that the content of this document is true and correct based upon personal
observations, first-hand knowledge, or information and belief.

Dated: 9/24/15
Dolores Sanchez
Dolores Sanchez, MSW
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RCCHSD Sr. Child Protection Worker

I certify that I have staffed this case with the assigned Child Protection Worker, have
reviewed this report for accuracy of information and agree with the recommendations as
stated by the Child Protection Worker.

Dated: 9/24/15
Windy Ross
Windy Ross
Supervisor Case Management Services Team #1

cc: , County Court Administrator (original report)


, Assistant County Attorney
Ruby Payne, Guardian ad Litem
William Mitchell College of Law, Attorney for Mother
, Attorney for Father