Competency • Competency: • 207-4: The Child Welfare Professional can use assessment data to collaboratively develop an appropriate, culturally competent case plan with the family, and can develop and link supportive family and community resources.
Learning Objectives • Participants will be able to: • Identify how the Family Finding model supports casework best practice and child welfare legislation and guidance. • Put into action the Family Finding model and related techniques.
Review What are the six steps of the Family Finding model? What are the best practice steps to work within the confines of assuring confidentiality? What are the goals of a Blended Perspectives Meeting? Who is invited to a Blended Perspectives Meeting? How long should a Blended Perspectives Meeting last?
Step Four: Decision Making • Goal: • The team with the social worker will make timely decisions that provide the young person with appropriate levels of affection and belonging that are expected to be enduring. Source: Campbell, Kevin. Family Finding: Workshop Presented by Kevin Campbell.
Step Four: Decision Making (cont’d) • Practice: • The team involved in planning will work with a sense of urgency, fully and candidly informed about the needs of the child or young person and the expected consequences of not having a safe forever family.
Step Four: Decision Making (cont’d) • Practice: • The team will be prepared to make key, informed decisions about the future of the young person, including their safety, physical and emotional well-being and belonging in a lifetime family. Teams will meet with an understanding that long-term placement(s) without legal permanency are not considered a successful decision. Source: Campbell, Kevin. Family Finding: Workshop Presented by Kevin Campbell.
Alternative Methods of Decision Making Team Decision Making – this is very similar to Family Group Decision Making, except there is no Private Family Time. This is still a family driven meeting, but decisions are made by the family, agencies and service providers together. Family Meeting – this would normally occur at a family or kin member’s home and without the attendance of agencies or providers. Court Hearing – it is possible for the team and the agency and providers to develop and make decisions for three plans at a court hearing.
Goals that the Family DecisionsNeed to Address Where will the child have a permanent home? Who are the responsible parties involved in getting the child in his or her permanent home and keeping that child there? What needs will have to be met in order for the child to have a successful future? (remembering that treatment or a service is not a need)
Goals that the Family DecisionsNeed to Address (cont’d) How will the Network for Life support the young person and caregiver(s)? When will this plan take action? (needs to be a concrete deadline) Who will reconvene the team in the future if further decisions need to be made?
Ways Families Can Inform the Agency Written document from the family Reconvene those who participated in the Decision Making meeting The family can invite agency representative to a family member’s home to discuss the plans. The family can identify a spokesperson to notify the agency of decisions that were reached.
Summary and Wrap-Up Thanks for attending!We look forward to seeingyou at Family Finding: Evaluation!