2TrainersKimberly Mineard Steiner Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter Northeast Ohio Adoption Services Nikaeda L. Griffie, MSSA, LSW Adoption Resource Manager Summit County Children Services Mike Kenney co-Director Waiting Child Fund
3Our Agenda for TodayIntroduction to 6-steps of Family Search & Engagement (FSE) Step 1 - Setting the Stage Step 2 - Discovery Case Study Step 3 - Engagement & Exploration Step 4 - Planning Step 5 - Decision Making Step 6 - Sustaining the Relationship Taking FSE to your Organization
4IntroductionHistoryCreated by Kevin Campbell when working at Catholic Charities in Washington StateGrew from research about Red Cross efforts to locate family members affected by natural disastersBeing implemented successfully across the country on both the public and private level
5IntroductionGoalThe goal is to identify members of the child’s extended biological (and non-related) family and other caring adults from the child’s past whoWill commit to an ongoing, meaningful presence in the child’s lifeCan offer support and love throughout the child’s lifetimeWill help the youth to find permanenceand/or commit to being a permanent placement plan for the youth.
6Introduction Overview of 6 Steps Want Find Hook Meet Encourage RememberThem Them Them Them Them Them
7Setting The Stage & Discovery Children in Permanent CustodyDetermine the decision makersPresent FSE to themTeam meeting to clarify rolesFile miningFind 40 relativesInterview childMobility mapping
8Setting The Stage & Discovery Children in Temporary CustodyReferral ProcessWhere to start?Family Team MeetingMeeting w/ case managerAt this level, we have access to bio parent(s)Relative notification letter
9Setting The Stage & Discovery ToolsBackground checksReleases of informationEcomapsGenogramsInternet search enginesACCURINTCRIS-EGen-ProMeetings, reports, and lots of communication!
11Setting The Stage & Discovery BarriersProcedural issues (case plan amendment)Lack of role clarityBuy-in (courts, foster care agency)Access to recordsUnorganized filesChild-related issues (when to introduce new worker & engage in process)
13Engagement, Exploration, & Planning Children in Permanent CustodyContact relatives, other important connectionsLet them know truth of what child has enduredRestoration of dignityGauge their interest in & appropriateness for teamHold “Network for Life” meetingShare child’s mobility mapping drawingsFill in calendarBegin permanency planning conversation
14Engagement, Exploration, & Planning Children in Temporary CustodyHelping relatives to understand that they are not "interfering" by getting involvedRelationship does not have to lead to placementDefining the goal for the teamTrue concurrent planning
19Decision Making & Sustaining the Relationship Children in Permanent CustodyHold follow-up meeting to note progress & address challengesCelebrate successes!!Engage in more in-depth discussion of permanency planningDevelop Plans A Z & decide next stepsAre necessary supports in place?“Plans fail, but our children do not.”Choose team member to facilitate future meetings
20Decision Making & Sustaining the Relationship Children in Temporary CustodyDifferent outcome goals (Legal Custody)Connections can serve as support if child is reunifiedHelping connections to keep the relationship open with biological parentsDealing with family conflict
21Decision Making & Sustaining the Relationship ToolsPermanency PactDiligenceCommunication!!!Success Stories (celebrate success)
23Decision Making & Sustaining the Relationship BarriersEngaging too late (children bonding to foster parents while FSE is being explored)Agency policies and proceduresKeeping continued buy-inFamily follow-throughRed tape (home studies)
25Taking FSE to Your Organization Identify those who “buy in” firstAssemble a teamTask ForceWork GroupManagement TeamDevelop goals and objectivesDevelop/attend FSE trainingIdentify needs for overcoming barriersPolicy & procedureSupervision checklistAccountability measuresMeasure & celebrate successAdapt & adjust