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1 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

2  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?

3 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.

4 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)

5 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

6 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

7 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.

8 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

9 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

10 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

11  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

12  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

13  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

14  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

15  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

16 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

17 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.

18 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.

19 Resources  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 http:/ 2011_12_01_RB_FamilyFindingTips.pdf  Tips and Techniques for Effective Family Engagement http:/ 2011_12_201 _RB_FamilytoTable.pdf  Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Populations http:/ 0Oct%20201.pdf © Kevin Campbell 2014

20 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

21 Thank You!  More Family Finding resources available at: ht p:// Kevin’s Facebook page: Foster-Care/359002318967 Waterloo’s Facebook page: 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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