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DIAKON Lutheran Social Mini stries/Family Design Resour ces Tools That Work Confere Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning James Biesecker, MS Sue Cohick, MSW Mike Kovacevic, MS

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Page 1: DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03 Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning

DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning

James Biesecker, MSSue Cohick, MSWMike Kovacevic, MS

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

How long should children wait for permanency?

SWAN History

1992-20002000-2003

MissionAssure

Permanency for Children

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Building the Permanency Framework

SWAN Program Objectives

“systems change” Collaboration in Decision Making Best Practices to assist CYS agencies address:

ASFA & CFSR Program Outcomes

A Model for Systems Change Standards for Best Practice: Safety,

Well-being and Timeliness for Children Permanency for Children

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:

OutsideInfluences

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: SWAN Network

Systems Change Model:Level I Participants

OutsideInfluences

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: CQI Committee

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:Level II Participants

OutsideInfluences

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Oversight Committee

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:Level III Participants

OutsideInfluences

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: State/Federal Administrators

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:Level IV Participants

OutsideInfluences

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:Outside Influences

*ASFA*CFSROutcomes*PIP*ConcurrentPlanning*State Law*SWAN Bulletin andHelp Library

BestPractice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Level IV: Policy Stakeholders

Level III: Administrative Stakeholders

Level II: Management Stakeholders

Level I: Primary Stakeholders

Systems Change Model:Best Practice Outcomes

OutsideInfluences

Best PracticeTools and Instruments

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

*ASFA*CFSROutcomes*PIP*ConcurrentPlanning*State Law*SWAN Bulletin and Help Library

Level IV: State/Federal Administrators

Level III: Oversight Committee

Level II: CQI Committee

Level I: SWAN Network

Systems Change Model

Best PracticeTools and Instruments

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Affiliate Pilot Project:Goals

Assess current practice related to the following units of service: Family Preparation/Profile; Child Profile; Placement; Finalization.

Review benchmark data Make recommendations as to how practice

could be improved as it relates to the units of service and impacts safety, permanency, and well-being.

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

Significant variances in the process between foster to adopt and “free standing” to adopt

Statewide policy has been revised to eliminate the variances

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

Counties and affiliates had conflicting expectations

Benchmarks standardize practice so that Counties and affiliates understand their roles

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

The goal change to adoption was a problematic “kick-off” point for service implementation

Services can now be initiated prior to the child’s goal change to adoption

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

Counties and affiliates had varying interpretations of terminology

The benchmarks define expectations and language. Templates have also been created to provide additional clarity.

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations

There was no standardization to training elements for families

The benchmarks define essential components of family preparation

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Outside Influences & Best Practice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Outside Influences

Adoption & Safe Families Act (ASFA) Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) PA State Law PA standards for child welfare practice Concurrent Planning SWAN Bulletin and Help Library

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Adoption & Safe Families Act

Key Principles

Safety is paramount Substitute care is

temporary Permanency planning

begins as soon as the child enters substitute care

Concurrent Planning Timely decisions

within the child serving system

Innovative approaches

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Safety is Paramount

Bulletin

“Roles of Network Participants: Ensure safety and permanency for children in a timely manner”

Permanency Benchmarks Clearances References Home safety

checklist Child safety

assessment / Safety Plan

Supervisory visits

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Permanency Planning

Bulletin

Permanency includes adoption, kinship care, and Permanent Legal Custodianship.

The SWAN Prime Contractor must work in collaboration with all network participants to remove systemic barriers that impede timely permanency.

Permanency Benchmarks

Individualized Adoption Service Plan (IASP)

Child Specific Recruitment Plan

Child preparation plan Recipes for Success Post Permanency

Services

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Concurrent Planning

Bulletin

Legal risk placements

Children without a goal of adoption are eligible for child profile, child specific recruitment, and child preparation services

Permanency Benchmarks Child Preparation

Plan

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Timely Decisions

Bulletin

“All activities conducted through the network are intended to support the timely permanency of children in the custody of county agencies and to support families.”

Permanency Benchmarks

Timelines

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Outside Influences

Best Practice

Bulletin

ASFA

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Child and Family Service Review

Strengths

Efforts to prevent maltreatment recurrence

Ensuring that siblings in foster care are placed together

Physical and dental health needs of children are adequately addressed

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Child and Family Service Review

Safety items needing improvement per the CFSR

Stability of foster care placement

Permanency goal for child

Reunification, guardianship or permanent placement with relatives

Adoption

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Child and Family Services Review

Well-being items needing improvement (cont)

Needs and services of child, parents, foster parents

Child and family involvement in case planning

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Stability of Foster Care Placement

Bulletin Legal risk placements The child preparation

process must begin at intake, and be in concert with concurrent planning practices.

Realignment of foster/adopt services in the regular permanency services at the same payment rates.

Permanency Benchmarks

Disclosure meeting Review of child

information Child preparation plan

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Permanency Goal for Child

Bulletin Children without a goal

of adoption are eligible for services

Legal Services Initiative County agencies, at a

minimum, semi-annually review the child’s permanency plan, determine if a goal change to adoption is needed…..

Permanency Benchmarks

Individualized Adoption Service Plan

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Guardianship or Permanent Placement with Relatives

Bulletin

Permanency includes adoption, kinship care, and Permanent Legal Custodianship

Permanency Benchmarks

Family Preparation Family Profile

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Adoption

Bulletin When a family is

interested in adopting a child in the custody of a county agency, the network can help them to obtain timely permanency services.

Legal Services Initiative

Permanency Benchmarks

Timelines Individualized

Adoption Service Plan

Child Specific Recruitment Plan

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Needs and Services of Child, Parents, Foster Parents

Bulletin

Work in collaboration with all network participants to remove systemic barriers that impede the timely permanency of waiting children

Permanency Benchmarks Assigned affiliate

worker discusses case with County worker

Affiliate worker collaborates with county worker

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Child and Family Involvement in Case Planning

Bulletin

The family profile results have been reviewed with the adoptive applicants

Meet with the child to initiate engagement

Permanency Benchmarks

IASP Lifebooks Child Preparation

Plan

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Outside Influences

Best Practice

Bulletin

ASFA

CFSR

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

PA Standards for Child Welfare Practice

Assessment Service planning Service delivery Monitoring & Evaluation Management

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Outside Influences

Best Practice

Bulletin

ASFA

CFSR

PA Standards for Child Welfare Practice

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DIAKON Lutheran Social Ministries/Family Design Resources Tools That Work Conference 11/03

Implementing Best Practice Standards in

Permanency Planning

Summary Questions

For more information contact:Mike Kovacevic, Family Design Resources

[email protected]