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Family Finding Webinar 1 Family Finding Overview & Connection to Ontario’s Provincial Framework Presented by: Kevin A. Campbell, Founder Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness Permanency and Family Finding Expert, Seneca Center © Kevin Campbell 2014
Beliefs and strategies that connect children, youth and parents to family and community supports Legally mandated in Untied States Helps keep children in foster care connected to relatives and safe community supports Prevents or shortens child’s placement Quick notice to family that child is in care © Kevin Campbell 2014 What is Family Finding?
Why Family Finding? © Kevin Campbell 2014 Six step process to find, engage and organize supports Traditionally used for youth waiting the longest in care in Canada and United States Typically a fairly quick undertaking but can take longer and require more time and effort if a cold case or international family. Permanent, safe, consistent, and affectionate relationships Based on Three Framework Ideas, Four Core Beliefs and Six Steps.
Three Framework Ideas © Kevin Campbell 2014 1. International Tracing 2. How big are families? 3. Families are the most normative setting for raising children (even those with the most complex needs)
International Tracing © Kevin Campbell 2014 Family Tracing was developed in 1943 to address the experienced when a loved one went missing during the War. 1949 - Article 26 of the Geneva Convention The Red Cross implemented a worldwide network to reconnect victims of war, civil un-rest and natural disasters with loved ones
How Big Are Families? © Kevin Campbell 2014 Overcoming idea that parents and children have no family, or none that can help The average family has between 100-300 members Ontario has a high percentage of immigration, unique dynamic of global families
Families Are The Most Normative Setting For Raising Children © Kevin Campbell 2014 (even those with the most complex needs) Fight the idea that children and adolescents in the foster care system are too sick or damaged to be raised in a family. Children in Canada’s foster care system make up less than ½ of 1 percent of all of the children in the country 15% of 1.2 million of all children in Canada are affected by mental illness at any given point in time (MDSC, 2009). Bands, challenged neighborhoods and schools to face a broad range of adversity and raise children and adolescents with needs every bit as complex as those we see in foster care systems.
Four Core Beliefs of © Kevin Campbell 2014 Family Finding 1. Every child has a family, and they can be found if we try 2. Loneliness can be devastative, even dangerous, and is experienced by most children in out-of home care 3. A meaningful connection to family helps a child develop a sense of belonging 4. The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connection to family
Six Steps to Family Finding © Kevin Campbell 2014 1. Discovery 2. Engagement 3. Preparation and Planning 4. Decision Making 5. Evaluation 6. Follow on support
Discovery Find at least 40 or more relatives Interview parents and youth o Focus on the goal of finding relatives and supports o Find a family leader Use technology as a way to connect © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step One
Ask family members these questions: o how big is your extended family? o If you really wanted to know, who would you ask first? Build initial team of support Stress urgency Be transparent in your approach Authentic family engagement © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step Two Engagement
Involve 12 or more family members in Blended Perspective or Preparation Meeting. Professional supports should be present Natural supports should be greater than professional supports in these meetings © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step Three Preparation and Planning
Those committed to create a plan meet to explore resources Consider making a commitment to becoming a forever relationship (or Lifetime Network of support)to the children, youth and parent(s) involved © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step Four Decision Making
Participants consider a list of five questions o Tests their commitment to decision and strategies o Tests the durability and strength of their decisions and strategies © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step Five Evaluation
Members meet to begin the process of integration Begin to offer support to children, youth and parents. © Kevin Campbell 2014 Step Six Follow on Support
Canadian Challenges for Family Finding © Kevin Campbell 2014 Different privacy laws in Canada that limit internet based search Social networking sites, and yellow pages are searches typically used Fastest way to 40 or more relatives is through effective interviews with parents, youth and relatives Need clarity in Canada of “Right to Know” Authentic engagement is key
Family Meeting Practice & Provincial Framework © Kevin Campbell 2014 Rapid approach to locate, engage and organize Focus on the approach that best suites the situation o Early Help o Family Based Care o Youth in Care Transitioning to Adulthood o Citizen Engagement o A Culturally Specific Approach to Aboriginal Children and Families. Family Finding supports and provides family resources to expand participation: o Signs of Safety; o Anti-Oppressive Practice; o Trauma Informed and Attachment Work.
Best Practice Values & Family/Community Meeting © Kevin Campbell 2014 Approach vs. Traditional Approach Limitations of traditional case work may isolate children and parents. o May exclude aboriginal people, extended kinship groups and siblings. Child in the Context of Family, Anchored in Relationship, Grounded in Community, Accessible, Inclusive and Diverse; Collaborative and Responsive, Sharing Responsibility, Focused on Action and Outcomes, that is Sustainable with Subsidiarity.
Resources Research Briefs from Child Trends Client Voices http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=client-voices-youth-parent- and-relative-perspectives-on-family-finding Voices the Field http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=voices-from-the-field- stakeholder-perspectives-on-family-finding Tips and Techniques for Effective Discovery http:/ www.familyfinding.org/uploaded_files/fck/files/Child_Trends- 2011_12_01_RB_FamilyFindingTips.pdf Tips and Techniques for Effective Family Engagement http:/ www.familyfinding.org/uploaded_files/fck/files/Child_Trends- 2011_12_201 _RB_FamilytoTable.pdf Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Populations http:/ www.familyfinding.org/uploaded_files/fck/files/Child%20Trends%2 0Oct%20201.pdf © Kevin Campbell 2014
Upcoming Webinars © Kevin Campbell 2014 Family Finding 2 - Authentic Family Engagement : Integration of a Family and Community Team Meeting Practice in Case Work Monday April 7, 20141:00pm to 3:00pm Family Finding 3 - Impacts of Family Finding from the Family/Youth Perspective Monday April 28, 2014 1:00pm to 3:00pm Family Finding 4 - Considerations for Systemic/Organizational Approach with Family Finding Monday May 5, 2014, 1:00pm to 3:00 pm
Thank You! More Family Finding resources available at: ht p://www.familyfinding.org/ Kevin’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Finding-Making-family-connections-for-children-in- Foster-Care/359002318967 Waterloo’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Finders-FACS-Waterloo/153726018079737 Thank you to OACAS and Waterloo F&CS in partnering to bring this four part webinar series on Family Finding to all of you. © Kevin Campbell 2014
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