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Family Team Meetings

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

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  1. Family Team Meetings Andy Kogerma Family Connection Partnership

  2. 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)

  3. CPPC • Community Partnerships for Protecting Children • Initiative begun in 1995 by Clark • Four National sites • Georgia began implementation in 2002

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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?”

  7. Core Beliefs (cont) • Strengths Based: “What is right with this family?” • Shared Leadership:Promotes the involvement of all parties • Cultural Differences Valued/Respected

  8. 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

  9. 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 . . .

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Family Team Meeting:Steps • Welcome and Introductions • Purpose • Outcomes • Non-negotiables/confidentiality • Ground Rules • Family Story • Strengths to Achieve Outcomes

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Community Prevention based Low-risk/self-identified families “Hub” conducts FTM/facilitators may be community members Generates Family Support Plan DFCS 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”

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