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									Karl Dennis & Associates
Karl Dennis, President
Kathy Dennis, Vice President

          51 Tryon Farm Lane
         Michigan City, IN 46360
“A person working

alone has all

the power of

social dust.”

Saul Alinsky, Community Activist
(1909 - 1972)
Meeting the Needs of
                                      1/3 $
In The Service System
                                      1/3 $

                        Categorical      1/3 $

(Gilmore et al)

Elements of
Family Start
    Inter-Agency                     Individualized
     Collaboration                     Services
           State                     Culturally

           Child & Family Teams
    Family Focused                   Cost Effective
    Unconditional Care               Meets Needs of
    Community - Based
                                      Outcome Driven
    Strength - Based
            Are You Lonely??
            Don’t like working on your own?
            Then call an interagency Meeting
   YOU CAN :
 Feel important
 Draw flowcharts
 Turf responsibility
 Impress colleagues
 Develop release
 Confuse each other
  with acronyms        ALL ON COMPANY TIME
                            MEETINGS !!!
What Makes It
    Access                       Voice
    Parent/Child has valid       Parent/Child were
     option at inclusion in        heard, listened to at all
     decision making process       junctures of planning

    Ownership                    Consistency
    Parent/Child agree with      Parent/Child were
     and are committed to          served by a consistent
     any plan concerning           team of workers for
     them                          services and crisis
Do’s and Don'ts for
Working with Families
    Take the time to          Assist families with
     form opinions about        life plans; not
     a family                   treatment plans
    Be direct                 Don’t be just a voice
    Trust family’s             on the phone
     instincts                 Don’t be
    Speak language that        condescending
     families understand       Involve families in
    View families as a         every level of
     whole, not as a case       planning
Do’s and Don'ts for
working with Families
    Keep families              Be accessible
     informed                   Follow through
    Accept lifestyles and      Don’t become
     cultural differences        another layer of
    Help to preserve            bureaucracy
     privacy                    Be a partner
    Follow house rules         Look at services that
    Respect family’s            families need, not
     schedules                   whether they are
    Be patient                  billable
“Three   brick layers were asked what

they were doing. One said, „I‟m laying

bricks.‟ The second replied, „I‟m building

a wall.‟ The third stated, „I‟m constructing

a temple.”

Governmental Level

Successful Initiatives

  Grassroots Level
Community Team
Local Stake Holders including:

     Parents                   Religious
     Child Welfare,             Community
      Juvenile Justice,         Universities
      Mental Health,            Civic Groups
      Education, Health
                                Housing, Visiting
     Private Providers          Nurse, Law
     Business & Cultural        Enforcement
      Leaders                   Local Government
      Community Team
           “Must Haves”

 Small Jurisdiction
 Family Input & Participation
 Top - Down Authorization
 Bottom - Up Support
 Authority to approve plans and funding
 Commitment to Unconditional Care
 Strong Outcome Data
      Child & Family Team
                Who’s On It

   Parents & Children          Some possibilities:
   Four to eight people         –   Teacher - Counselor
    who best know the            –   Social Worker
    strengths and needs          –   Service Coordinator
    of the family                –   Therapist
    – Chosen by the family       –   Clergy
      and lead agency            –   Friend - Neighbor
    – All members must           –   Big Brother/Big Sister
      agree to actively          –   Grandparents -
      participate                    Relatives
                    Child & Family Team

   Time                        Frequency
    – Set times so all can       – Weekly for four
      participate                  weeks
    – May involve evenings       – Monthly for next
      or weekends                  several months
   Place                        – Quarterly thereafter
    – Where the family is        – Change frequency to
      comfortable                  meet family and/or
                                   crisis needs
Child & Family Teams

     Assess family            Monitor services and
      strengths                 plan
     Develop Plan             Evaluate plan’s
     Plan for Crisis           effectiveness
     Develop community        Redo plan as
      support network for       needed
      plan implementation      Be creative
     Advocate for the          entrepreneurs
      family                   Never Ever Give Up!
Child & Family Team
Planning Agenda

   Get to know family
   Determine team membership
   Get agreement to participate
   Set up meeting schedule
   Establish ground rules
   Assess strengths
   Determine % of needs currently met
Child & Family Team
Planning Agenda - Continued

   Brainstorm family and individual needs
   Prioritize needs
   Give parent veto power
   Match strengths with needs
   Assign task responsibility
   Assess percent of needs plan will meet
   Set next meeting date
Effective Crisis Planning

   Plans anticipate crisis based on past
   Assume the “worst case” scenario
   Research past crisis for cause, best
    interventions and consequent behaviors.
   Clearly defined plans help teams function in
    difficult times
      Crisis Planning (2)

   See crisis as a process with a beginning, middle,
    and end.
   Change plan based on “what works”
   Build plans that “triage” for differing levels of
    intensity and severity of crisis.
   Build plans early with child & family team
   Begin by asking family “what can go wrong with
    plan” as a first step.
           Crisis Planning (3)
   Always build in 24 hour response.
   Clearly define roles for team members including
    family and natural support people.
   Create time for team to assess management of
    crisis within two weeks of event.
   Decide that no major decisions will be made until
    at least 72 hours after the crisis event.
    (Grealish & Vandenberg)
    What’s The Good News
 Living
 Family
 Psychiatric/Psychological/Medical
 Educational/Vocational
 Recreation/Social
 Legal
 Spiritual
 Safety
               Individual Needs
                   Sandy’s Needs

After School Job               One Consistent Therapist

 Privacy                                Medical Care

College Application
                                   Family Activities

     Friends                   Music Lessons

                Live with Mom & Dad
               Family Needs

 Help with food                       Visiting Nurse

Car Repaired                      Larger Living Space

Family Activities                        Furniture

 Attend Church Together   Free Time for Mom & Dad

           Move Grandma in with Family
                 Desired Outcome:
Need Strategies Who When Where Funding Outcomes Crisis Priority
    Sample Referral Criteria

 Child is at imminent risk of placement in
  a residential setting
 Child and/or family have had contact
  with multiple systems
 Child is at risk in current placement
 Child and/or family is in need of
  services from multiple agencies (two or
  more systems).
        Benefits to
    Systems & Agencies
 Fosters Interagency Collaboration
 Decision making given to family and
  direct care givers
 Promotes “top down” and “bottom up”
 Increases community responsibility
 Creates flexible funds
 Services monitored by multiagencies
Referral Criteria Continued

 Safety of child/family can be maintained
 Child/family would benefit from
  individualized services
 Child possesses an I.Q. measured at 50
  or above

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