Cook County Illinois Recruitment and Kin Connection Project. Getting connected. Staying connected Grant: #90CO5013. RKCP overview Strategies for recruiting relatives and fictive kin Concurrent Planning RKCP Evaluation Overview. Presentation outline.
Recruitment and Kin Connection Project
We are an intensive family finding and engagement model for families with children ages 6 through 13 who are new to care:
We interview birth families at the time temporary custody has been granted and have them identify their current or potential supports
We document a child’s history and relationships as soon as temporary custody is granted:
The Kin Connection Specialist has been assigned a role on SACWIS and is able to document all family finding history in the family’s permanent SACWIS record under the Diligent Search section.
The Kin Connection Specialist teaches the family search and engagement model to the assigned Child Welfare Specialist by:
Engage and empower both parents as much as possible – listen to and respect their story
The Kin Connection Specialist will meet with identified family members and fictive kin and determine what level of support they can provide to the family and to the child(ren) in care.
*build a life-long supportive network
*develop an alternate plan if reunification is not possible
*open, honest, complete communication between the birth parents, foster parents, and case manager
*respectful use of disclosureHow to develop a concurrent plan
1. SACWIS File Reviews
Goal: To collect traditional child welfare outcome data.
2. Home Visits
Goal: To collect child well-being and psycho-social outcome data.
The home visit team contacts each child’s foster parent or residential placement to attempt to schedule a home visit approximately six weeks after the temporary custody hearing. Up to seven calls are made over the course of three weeks.
Using SACWIS File Review Document, RKCP evaluation team collects data from SACWIS involving demographics, basic case information and relative involvement.
Evaluator emails Child Welfare Specialist or Kin Connection Specialist to set up a 20-30 minute phone call to discuss Phase I results.
At six-eight months, Child Welfare Specialists are sent cases with lists of kin/fictive kin identified in Phase I.
Case closure. Evaluator completes section of file review pertaining to case disposition and all placements and placement dates while in care.SACWIS file review
First Kin/Fictive Kin Name:______________________ Age:_____ Relationship to youth: Maternal Aunt________________SACWIS file review: kin/fictive kin identification
# of Relatives
More Relatives Identified in the Intervention versus Control Group
# of Relatives
More “Attached” Relatives Identified in the Intervention versus Control Group
“Would you consider any of the kin or fictive kin we have discussed as alternative placements for the child if the current placement were not to work out for some reason?”
Name of person:_________________________
Kin Connection Specialists (Intervention) were able to identify alternative placements more often.
Intervention group had higher self-concept scores, controlling for demographic and intake differences.
Intervention group was more likely to disclose to relatives, controlling for demographic and intake differences.
As the number of placements children experience increases, the proportion of placements that are with relatives is stable for the intervention but decreases for the control group.
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Meryl Paniak, MSW, JD
IDCFS Project Administrator – Office of Legislative Affairs
Mary Dreiser, MSW
Statewide Federal Grants Manager
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Phone: 312.346.1516 Fax: 312.346.0004
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Deborah J. Saucedo
RKCP Director – 773.682.1667
Cook County Juvenile Court – 8th Floor,2245 West Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
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RKCP Associate Director – 773.682.2114
IDCFS Joliet Office – 1619 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL, 60435-6724
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Dr. Scott Leon, PhD., Associate Professor, Loyola University
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