Subsidized Permanent Guardianship (SPG). Implementation of the Tennessee Program. Incorporation into Daily Casework Practice. The State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services visualized the SPG program as an extension of the department’s present permanency toolbox.
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Implementation of the Tennessee Program
The department consciously put its efforts into integrating the discussion of permanent guardianship into the already established discussion around Adoption and exiting custody to that of a kin or relative.
This process was part of the Child and Family Team Meeting (CFTM)/Permanency Planning process: we not only invited family, friends and kin to the meetings but we engaged them in discussion around what permanency options were in the best interest of the child/youth. These discussions allowed for a team decision making process.
“Clinical Discussions” were held that addressed child-specific cases either within CFTMs or with regional staff separately before convening a CFTM in regards to eligibility criteria in order to assist in permanency decision making. This continues today.
The CFTM provided an opportunity for the families to understand the rule out of reunification or adoption. This also continues today.Incorporation into Daily Casework Practice (continued)
Including forms and protocols
Which shows the differences between Adoption/Permanent Guardianship and Exit custody to a relative or kin
Which provides the relative with an understanding of what services are available in the region ie: Relative Caregiver Program, Families First, SPG program.
Which covers the Tennessee Codes Annotated (law) that provides permanent guardianship as an option to TN, this document reviews the role and responsibilities of the guardian and what the expectations of the guardian are.
The video provided front line staff with information on all permanency options including how to discuss Permanent Guardianship with the family during the CFTM meeting.
This document included questions asked by front line staff, permanency specialists and families. It was used during CFTM to assist in discussion of SPG.
Document that summarizes the discussion between the department, the birth parents, resource parents and youth regarding Permanency Options and What is in the best interest of the child/youth.