Taking Time to Talk About Practice. Building Safety in Vermont. The USA. VERMONT Freedom & Unity. Population of approximately 620,000 Smaller child population than national average Larger senior population than national average State administered child welfare system.
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Building Safety in Vermont
Reoccurrence of Danger/Harm
Purpose/Focus of Consultation
Enough safety to close
Partnering: Action w/family in their position: willingness, confidence, capacity
Child & Family Services/(Lohrbach)
doing it that way. .it was new and
different. . .they were used to having
service provider driven meetings and
treatment plans. And here the gears had
shifted and people said “whoa, wait a
minute, let’s get back to what the family
wants and how we are going to empower
the mom.” – Service Provider
approach is a fundamental shift in practice/ decision
making that has impacts throughout the organization
and catalyzes broad systemic change.
(4)Training Coordinators, Program Coordinator and Project Director
reflective supervision groups
group supervision and teaming training & technical assistance,
research and evaluation
DCF Caseworker comment on a team training event
[Social Worker talking about FSP practice]
Family Members are glad to get everything out on the table, both with their extended families and with DCF. Families generally feel that DCF listens to them in these meetings.
[Uncle and Aunt reflecting on their teen niece after the family’s FGC]
Worker after attending a FGC for the first time.
(Mother after FSP).
[Young Person after FSP]
[Teen after recent FSP]
[Auntie after FSP]