Kern County Network for Children

Social Condition Matrix

The Social Condition Matrix system is an assessment tool to measure the condition and functioning of client families. The strength-based system, based on advocate or case manager observation, tracks a family’s status in 12 functional areas over time.

Income & Budget • Employment • Housing • Food/Nutrition

Health Care • Transportation • Adult Education • Family Relations

Community Involvement • Child Care • Condition of Children • Alcohol/Drugs

By evaluating families holistically, rather than only their negative or problem areas, case planning can build upon family strengths which improves long term outcomes.

The Social Condition Matrix is designed for both front-line and administrative staff.
Advocates are able to easily document changes over time in each client family and Program Managers are able to easily supervise the program’s total caseload.

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