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4470 Reports on Multi-Family Households

4471 Clarification of Terms: Family and Multi-Family Household

SWI Policy and Procedures April 2009


Family, in the context of a “one case per family” group, refers to:

  ·  a nuclear family consisting of parents or legal caretakers and their child or children by birth, conservatorship, adoption, or marriage; or

  ·  families blended by marriage with step-parents, such as a parent with a child or children married to another person with a child or children.

These definitions of family apply even when the parent or legal caretaker does not live in the home with the child. For example, when a child resides with a relative or friend who does not have conservatorship, the child's family in this context means his or her biological or legal parents, not the relatives with whom the child lives. The parent, or other legally responsible person, has the legal responsibility to ensure the child's safety if the child is at risk of abuse or neglect.

Multi-Family Households

Multi-family households include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  ·  More than one family group lives in the same household but the two groups are not related. Examples: A parent and her child live with an unrelated roommate and her children; or, a mother and her children live with her paramour and his child.

  ·  More than one family group lives in the same household and they are related to each other. Examples: Three sisters and their children live together; or, several generations of a family live together.

  ·  The household consists of a family group and a child who is not in the conservatorship of anyone in the household and whose parents do not live in the home. Example: An aunt, her boyfriend, and their child are caring for her sister's two children, but the sister does not live in the home.

A separate intake is completed for each family in the household, unless:

  ·  there is not sufficient information to clearly determine that it is a multi-family household. The intake specialist documents in the Narrative section of the intake that this might be a multi-family household; or

  ·  there is a multi-family household, but there are no allegations involving one of the families. Only one intake is completed on the multi-family household.

4472 Person Detail on Multi-Family Intakes

SWI Policy and Procedures April 2009

The intake specialist completes the Person Detail on a multi-family household as follows:

  ·  List all adults as principals with their relationship to the oldest victim (OV).

  ·  List the children as principals in the intake for their own nuclear family.

  ·  List the children of the other family or families in the household as collaterals.

Exception: If a child in one nuclear family is an alleged perpetrator (AP) in an intake involving another family in the household, the child is listed as a PRN (principal) and the role is listed as AP.

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