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Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning . James Biesecker, MS Sue Cohick, MSW Mike Kovacevic, MS. How long should children wait for permanency?. SWAN History 1992-2000 2000-2003 Mission Assure Permanency for Children. Building the Permanency Framework. SWAN

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning

James Biesecker, MS

Sue Cohick, MSW

Mike Kovacevic, MS

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How long should children wait for permanency
How long should children wait for permanency?

  • SWAN

    • History

      1992-2000

      2000-2003

    • Mission

      Assure Permanency for Children

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Building the permanency framework
Building the Permanency Framework

  • SWAN

    • Program Objectives

      • “systems change”

      • Collaboration in Decision Making

      • Best Practices to assist CYS agencies address:

        ASFA & CFSR

    • Program Outcomes

      • A Model for Systems Change

      • Standards for Best Practice: Safety,

        • Well-being and Timeliness for Children

      • Permanency for Children

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Best

Practice

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Level I Participants

Best

Practice

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Level II Participants

Best

Practice

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Level III Participants

Best

Practice

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Level IV Participants

Best

Practice

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Outside Influences

*ASFA

*CFSR

Outcomes

*PIP

*Concurrent

Planning

*State Law

*SWAN Bulletin and

Help Library

Best

Practice

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model:

Best Practice Outcomes

Best Practice

Tools and Instruments

Outside

Influences

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Implementing best practice standards in permanency planning

Systems Change Model

Best Practice

Tools and Instruments

*ASFA

*CFSR

Outcomes

*PIP

*Concurrent

Planning

*State Law

*SWAN Bulletin and Help Library

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Affiliate pilot project goals
Affiliate Pilot Project:Goals

  • Assess current practice related to the following units of service: Family Preparation/Profile; Child Profile; Placement; Finalization.

  • Review benchmark data

  • Make recommendations as to how practice could be improved as it relates to the units of service and impacts safety, permanency, and well-being.

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Pilot project outcomes and recommendations

Significant variances in the process between foster to adopt and “free standing” to adopt

Statewide policy has been revised to eliminate the variances

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

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Pilot project outcomes and recommendations1

Counties and affiliates had conflicting expectations and “free standing” to adopt

Benchmarks standardize practice so that Counties and affiliates understand their roles

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

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Pilot project outcomes and recommendations2

The goal change to adoption was a problematic “kick-off” point for service implementation

Services can now be initiated prior to the child’s goal change to adoption

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

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Pilot project outcomes and recommendations3

Counties and affiliates had varying interpretations of terminology

The benchmarks define expectations and language. Templates have also been created to provide additional clarity.

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

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Pilot project outcomes and recommendations4

There was no standardization to training elements for families

The benchmarks define essential components of family preparation

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

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Outside influences best practice

Outside Influences families& Best Practice

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Outside influences
Outside Influences families

  • Adoption & Safe Families Act (ASFA)

  • Child and Family Service Review (CFSR)

  • PA State Law

  • PA standards for child welfare practice

  • Concurrent Planning

  • SWAN Bulletin and Help Library

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Adoption safe families act

Key Principles families

Safety is paramount

Substitute care is temporary

Permanency planning begins as soon as the child enters substitute care

Concurrent Planning

Timely decisions within the child serving system

Innovative approaches

Adoption & Safe Families Act

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Safety is paramount

Bulletin families

“Roles of Network Participants: Ensure safety and permanency for children in a timely manner”

Permanency Benchmarks

Clearances

References

Home safety checklist

Child safety assessment / Safety Plan

Supervisory visits

Safety is Paramount

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Permanency planning

Bulletin families

Permanency includes adoption, kinship care, and Permanent Legal Custodianship.

The SWAN Prime Contractor must work in collaboration with all network participants to remove systemic barriers that impede timely permanency.

Permanency Benchmarks

Individualized Adoption Service Plan (IASP)

Child Specific Recruitment Plan

Child preparation plan

Recipes for Success

Post Permanency Services

Permanency Planning

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Concurrent planning

Bulletin families

Legal risk placements

Children without a goal of adoption are eligible for child profile, child specific recruitment, and child preparation services

Permanency Benchmarks

Child Preparation Plan

Concurrent Planning

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Timely decisions

Bulletin families

“All activities conducted through the network are intended to support the timely permanency of children in the custody of county agencies and to support families.”

Permanency Benchmarks

Timelines

Timely Decisions

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Outside influences1
Outside Influences families

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Child and family service review

Strengths families

Efforts to prevent maltreatment recurrence

Ensuring that siblings in foster care are placed together

Physical and dental health needs of children are adequately addressed

Child and Family Service Review

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Child and family service review1

Safety items needing improvement per the CFSR families

Stability of foster care placement

Permanency goal for child

Reunification, guardianship or permanent placement with relatives

Adoption

Child and Family Service Review

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Child and family services review

Well-being items needing improvement (cont) families

Needs and services of child, parents, foster parents

Child and family involvement in case planning

Child and Family Services Review

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Stability of foster care placement

Bulletin families

Legal risk placements

The child preparation process must begin at intake, and be in concert with concurrent planning practices.

Realignment of foster/adopt services in the regular permanency services at the same payment rates.

Permanency Benchmarks

Disclosure meeting

Review of child information

Child preparation plan

Stability of Foster Care Placement

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Permanency goal for child

Bulletin families

Children without a goal of adoption are eligible for services

Legal Services Initiative

County agencies, at a minimum, semi-annually review the child’s permanency plan, determine if a goal change to adoption is needed…..

Permanency Benchmarks

Individualized Adoption Service Plan

Permanency Goal for Child

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Guardianship or permanent placement with relatives

Bulletin families

Permanency includes adoption, kinship care, and Permanent Legal Custodianship

Permanency Benchmarks

Family Preparation

Family Profile

Guardianship or Permanent Placement with Relatives

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Adoption

Bulletin families

When a family is interested in adopting a child in the custody of a county agency, the network can help them to obtain timely permanency services.

Legal Services Initiative

Permanency Benchmarks

Timelines

Individualized Adoption Service Plan

Child Specific Recruitment Plan

Adoption

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Needs and services of child parents foster parents

Bulletin families

Work in collaboration with all network participants to remove systemic barriers that impede the timely permanency of waiting children

Permanency Benchmarks

Assigned affiliate worker discusses case with County worker

Affiliate worker collaborates with county worker

Needs and Services of Child, Parents, Foster Parents

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Child and family involvement in case planning

Bulletin families

The family profile results have been reviewed with the adoptive applicants

Meet with the child to initiate engagement

Permanency Benchmarks

IASP

Lifebooks

Child Preparation Plan

Child and Family Involvement in Case Planning

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Outside influences2
Outside Influences families

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Pa standards for child welfare practice
PA Standards for Child Welfare Practice families

  • Assessment

  • Service planning

  • Service delivery

  • Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Management

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Outside influences3
Outside Influences families

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Implementing Best Practice Standards in families Permanency Planning

  • Summary

  • Questions

    For more information contact:

    Mike Kovacevic, Family Design Resources

    1-888-793-2512

    mkovacevic@diakon-swan.org

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