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Family Team Meetings. Andy Kogerma Family Connection Partnership. Family Meetings: Models. Family Group Conference (New Zealand) Family Unity Meeting (Oregon) Family Decision Meeting Team Decision Meeting (Family to Family) Family Team Conference (1st Placement/Best Placement)

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Family Team Meetings

Andy Kogerma

Family Connection Partnership

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Family Meetings: Models

  • Family Group Conference (New Zealand)

  • Family Unity Meeting (Oregon)

  • Family Decision Meeting

  • Team Decision Meeting (Family to Family)

  • Family Team Conference (1st Placement/Best Placement)

  • Family Team Meeting (CPPC)

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  • Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

  • Initiative begun in 1995 by Clark

  • Four National sites

  • Georgia began implementation in 2002

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CPPC: Philosophy

  • Based on the idea that people and places in neighborhoods are primary resources for families in crisis

  • Formal and informal resources need to work together

  • Protecting children is everyone’s business

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CPPC: Broad Goals

  • Change the CPS response to families, moving away from a “one size fits all”response

  • Develop and expand neighborhood-based resources to help families keep children safe and ensure support before problems become crises

  • Involve broad spectrum of community services

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CPPC: Core Beliefs

  • Child Focused: every child is valued

  • Family focused: respect for families’ capacity/skill in caring for their children

  • Results Accountability (define results, design/implement results-based strategies for implementation, evaluate results)

  • Outcomes based: “What difference are we making?”

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Core Beliefs (cont)

  • Strengths Based: “What is right with this family?”

  • Shared Leadership:Promotes the involvement of all parties

  • Cultural Differences Valued/Respected

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CPPC in Georgia

  • DFCS Sponsored initiative

  • Family Connection Partnership a primary partner

  • Other Partners include:Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, UGA-CVIOG, Casey

  • Operates through the leadership of local FC Collaboratives with local DFCS assuming key leadership role

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CPPC in Georgia

  • Nine counties selected for participation: Brantley, Catoosa, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Jenkins, Muscogee and Peach

  • Each county receives seed money and one assigned DFCS CPPC position

  • Each county must implement four key strategies . . .

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CPPC: Four Key Strategies

  • #1: CPS Policy/Practice Change

  • #2: Use of Family Team Meetings/Individualized Courses of Action (“FTM’s”, “ICA’s”) to facilitate change

  • #3: Develop Network of Community Supports and Resources for families in need

  • #4: Shared decision making between all parties

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Strategy #1: Individualized Courses of Action

  • Develop family centered, Individualized Courses of Action (“ICA’s”) for vulnerable families/children

  • Use strengths-based Family Team Meetings (FTMs”) to generate plan for change

  • Values Informal support (neighborhood, family)

  • Involves DFCS/Community agencies

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Family Team Meetings

  • Core Strategy of CPPC

  • Involves meeting of family members, facilitators, family support, service providers . . .

  • Purpose: to help family identify strengths/needs and generate a plan for change

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Family Team Meeting

  • Based on core conditions of respect, empathy, genuineness

  • Uses active listening skills

  • Strengths based: “What is right with this family?”

  • Is solution focused

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Family Team Meeting: Preparation

  • Must hold face to face preparation interview with family

  • May interview others by phone

  • Describes purpose of FTM, stages of FTM, what to expect

  • Family identifies who they want to attend

  • Identifies any potential sources of conflict

  • Crucial to successful meeting

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Family Team Meeting:Steps

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Purpose

  • Outcomes

  • Non-negotiables/confidentiality

  • Ground Rules

  • Family Story

  • Strengths to Achieve Outcomes

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FTM: Steps (cont)

  • Identification of Individual and Family Needs

  • Brainstorm How to Meet Needs

  • Develop Agreement for Plan (who will do what, when, where, etc)

  • Assessing what can go wrong

  • Next Steps and Closing

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CPS and CPPC in Georgia

  • Implementing CPPC means changes to CPS policy/practice in nine counties

  • In-depth Family Assessment replaces Strengths/Needs Assessment

  • Family Team Meeting basis for case planning

  • Case Plan written during FTM: “with, not for, families”

  • 6 Month time frame for case plan

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Prevention based

Low-risk/self-identified families

“Hub” conducts FTM/facilitators may be community members

Generates Family Support Plan


Intervention Based

Moderate-high risk families identified through DFCS

Uses intensive family assessment and FTM

Conducted by DFCS

Generates 6 month case plan

“Dual Track Response”