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Family Finding Webinar 1Family 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
What is Family Finding? © 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
Why Family Finding? relationships © 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. © Kevin Campbell 2014
Three Framework Ideas International Tracing How big are families?Families are the most normative setting for raising children (even those with the most complex needs) © Kevin Campbell 2014
International Tracing Family Tracing was developed in 1943 to address the experienced when a loved one went missing during the War. 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 © Kevin Campbell 2014
How Big Are Families? Overcoming idea that parents and children have no family, or none that can help The average family has between members Ontario has a high percentage of immigration, unique dynamic of global families © Kevin Campbell 2014
Families Are The Most Normative Setting For Raising Children(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. © Kevin Campbell 2014
Four Core Beliefs of Family FindingEvery child has a family, and they can be found if we try Loneliness can be devastative, even dangerous, and is experienced by most children in out-of home care A meaningful connection to family helps a child develop a sense of belonging The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connection to family © Kevin Campbell 2014
Six Steps to Family FindingDiscovery Engagement Preparation and Planning Decision Making Evaluation Follow on support © Kevin Campbell 2014
Step One Discovery Focus on the goal of finding relatives and supports Find at least 40 or more relatives Interview parents and youth Focus on the goal of finding relatives and supports Find a family leader Use technology as a way to connect © Kevin Campbell 2014
Step Two Engagement how big is your extended family? Ask family members these questions: how big is your extended family? 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 Three Preparation and Planning 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 Four Decision Making 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 Five Evaluation Tests their commitment to decision and strategies Participants consider a list of five questions Tests their commitment to decision and strategies Tests the durability and strength of their decisions and strategies © Kevin Campbell 2014
Step Six Follow on Support Members meet to begin the process of integration Begin to offer support to children, youth and parents. © Kevin Campbell 2014
Canadian Challenges for Family Finding 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 © Kevin Campbell 2014
Family Meeting Practice &Provincial Framework Rapid approach to locate, engage and organize Focus on the approach that best suites the situation Early Help Family Based Care Youth in Care Transitioning to Adulthood Citizen Engagement A Culturally Specific Approach to Aboriginal Children and Families. Family Finding supports and provides family resources to expand participation: Signs of Safety; Anti-Oppressive Practice; Trauma Informed and Attachment Work. © Kevin Campbell 2014
Best Practice Values & Family/Community MeetingApproach 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. © Kevin Campbell 2014
Resources © Kevin Campbell 2014 Research Briefs from Child Trends Client Voices and-relative-perspectives-on-family-finding Voices the Field stakeholder-perspectives-on-family-finding Tips and Techniques for Effective Discovery 2011_12_01_RB_FamilyFindingTips.pdf Tips and Techniques for Effective Family Engagement 2011_12_2011_RB_FamilytoTable.pdf Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Populations 0Oct% pdf © Kevin Campbell 2014
Upcoming Webinars Monday April 7, 2014 1:00pm to 3:00pm Family Finding 2 -Authentic Family Engagement: Integration of a Family and Community Team Meeting Practice in Case Work Monday April 7, :00pm to 3:00pm Family Finding 3 - Impacts of Family Finding from the Family/Youth Perspective Monday April 28, :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 © Kevin Campbell 2014
Thank You! © Kevin Campbell 2014 More Family Finding resources available at: Kevin’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Finding-Making-family-connections-for-children-in-Foster-Care/ Waterloo’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-Finders-FACS-Waterloo/ 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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