R. Bruce McNellie,
5922 Princess Lane
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
936 560 9437; 936 371 2910 (cell)
Dear prospective caregiver,
A request for a home study of your home has been ordered by a court or
by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. I have been
asked to complete this study of your home and family. The study will
include an interview in your home with you and your family, contacts
with references including relatives and non-relatives of your choosing,
and a tour of your home.
The following information will be helpful for you to read prior to our
1. Everyone living in the home must be present during the interview.
This includes all children living in the home. It may be necessary for
children to leave school early in order to make the appointment if the
cannot be scheduled after school. If it is not possible for everyone to
present, check with your CPS worker about this. The home study may have
be postponed until this can be arranged.
2. The interview must be held in your current home. If you anticipate
moving shortly before or after the interview, contact your worker to
arrange for another time when you are settled at your new address.
3. A good deal of information will be needed during the interview. It
will be very helpful for all questions on the questionnaire noted below
to be completed
prior to the interview. This may require locating some documents such
marriage, birth, and divorce certificates.
4. Information on the past health of related kinfolks is important so
collecting this information prior to the interview would be helpful.
For example, histories of heart disease or other significant diseases
that could impact child care need to be covered.
Here is the questionnaire. You will need to have filled out prior to
the interview. You may print it out to have available the day of the
study, or you can fill it out and email it as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please read the
Kinship Care Manual. Recommended reading for those caring for children
in the conservatorship of DFPS/CPS.
Release form. Please print and sign and have available the day of the
Link to a sample template for the homestudy that you might look over to
see the type of information that will be gathered during the interview
the home study. http://www.mcnellie.com/kinshiptemplate.doc
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email or contact me.
Contact: R. Bruce McNellie at 936 560
9437 or 936 371 2910 Cell
Dr. McNellie is licensed by the Texas
State Health Department as a LCSW, LPC, and LMFT. Copies of licenses
and verification available on request.