Penny Lane Centers Case Study

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Penny Lane Centers is a leading social services agency in Los Angeles County. The agency’s mission is: “to foster hopes and dreams by empowering children, youth and families to reach their highest potential”. The non-profit’s target population are needy families, families who are at risk of separation due to child neglect and/or other forms of child abuse, and children who have been detained and are in the Los Angeles child welfare system. Services are also provided to veterans and children who have emancipated from the foster care system. Programs and services include and not limited to a foster family agency, residential group home, outpatient mental health, family preservation, wraparound and veteran services. In addition, Penny lane Centers …show more content…
Her role in the organization is to find families who are interested in opening their home to children in need of a temporary or permanent placement. Once she finds a family who is interested, she provides the training and follows them until certification. There are many steps involved in reaching certification, including passing all Title 22 building and grounds regulations specified by California Community Care licensing agency (CCL). Title 22 regulations provide a clear outline in regards to the requirements pertaining to the physical structure of the foster home. To assist all foster adoptive families in understanding the title 22 regulations, Penny Lane Centers created the Home Inspection Policy. The goal of the stated policy is to assure that all children are safe in the home environment. Families are provided with detailed home guidelines which they are to follow; to sustain and protect the child’s personal rights throughout their stay in the foster family …show more content…
Children are a priority and after a careful analysis of this policy, the home inspection procedure clearly desires child safety and ensures their personal rights are maintained. The policy upholds very clear guideless in terms of how families are to ensure all items are met, including suggestions and easy steps to follow. However, there are also limitations. The first limitation is that the policy is extremely rigid and does not allow much flexibility; it is a “one sit fits all” in regards to most requirements. Many families have customs that the inspection does not support. For example, some individuals have their children sleep in the parent’s bedroom until age 5 or older. Other families allow three children in one bedroom and they are not troubled if a child shares with another child who is more than 5 years apart in ago or a different gender. Alike families may not be able to pursue foster adoption certification as the policy does not allow any

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