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Extreme Recruitment and 30 Days to Family- California Webinar

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Transcript of Extreme Recruitment and 30 Days to Family- California Webinar

30 Days to Family™
Extreme Recruitment®
A 12-20 week individualized recruitment effort that includes:
Preparing the child for permanency.
Conducting a diligent search in order to reconnect youth with kin through the use of a dedicated investigator.
Achieving permanency through concurrent general, targeted, and child-specific recruitment.
Goals:
85% reconnection
70% match
Minimum of 40 relatives identified; average of 85
Extreme Recruitment
True Concurrent Recruitment
Getting to Work!


Currently on a referral basis

Team Approval Meeting
Explain the Extreme Recruitment purpose, procedures, and philosophy.
Provide Extreme Recruitment materials.
Team decides whether or not to use the Extreme Recruitment process.
Initial Staffing
Staffing meeting (30 min.)
An opportunity to learn:
The number of known family members
Permanent placement options
The child’s strengths and unmet needs
Projection of what will happen to the child in five years under current conditions
Weekly action plan (30 min.)
Weekly action steps are reviewed and assigned
Begins 12-20 week process of weekly meetings
Typical Staffing
Age/ Race/Gender:
11, African American Female
Number of years in care:
8
Number of placements:
6
Current placement:
Career foster home
Safety concerns in the last year:
Increased anger; physical aggression towards peers at school
Loneliness, hopelessness:
10
Number of family members:
8 (two siblings)
Placement options:
A
B
C
D Adoption with identified family (previously disrupted placement).
Strengths:
likeable, smart, inquisitive
Greatest unmet needs:
permanent family, sense of belonging and identity.
Five years from now (if we do not do anything different):
high school dropout, will seek sense of belonging in inappropriate ways, increased depression, likely pregnant or parenting.
Weekly Meetings
Weeks 1-20
Review the Weekly Action Plan.
Review all recruitment efforts and preparing youth for permanency weekly.
Create next action plan!
Generally 70% of tasks are completed and 30% are continued to the following week.
Case manager never gets the most tasks.
No action step is taken unless team agrees.
Growing the Tree
Week 4
Week 20
Week 1
Intense search for relatives/kin of foster youth beginning at the time the child enters protective custody

Intensive & fast-paced
Maintains family connections & identity
Identifies one placement option, plus at least one backup placement option
In addition to placement, identifies & engages natural supports
Ensures all necessary child-specific services are in place for a successful placement
What is 30 Days to Family™?
Goals:
70% of children are placed with relatives/kin by case closure
75% of cases have at least one backup placement identified
At least 80 relatives/kin identified on the genogram
Positive Effect
Foster children living with relatives:
Are more likely to live with siblings (Shlonsky, Webster, Needell, 2003)
Are less likely to change schools (NSCAW, 2005)
Experience better development, functioning, and placement stability (O’Brien, 2012)
Have half the risk of outpatient mental health therapy and psychotropic medication use (Sakai et al, 2011)
Are more likely to report they want their current relative placement to be their permanent home (NSCAW, 2005)

Biological parents are “more likely to maintain visitations with their children and be involved in kinship care placements than in traditional, non-kinship foster care placements (Hong, 2011).
Pursue leads as they develop
Don’t put off until tomorrow what could be done today—remember the child is counting on you!
Drop everything and meet a family member right now
Schedules can and will change and “regular business hours” do not apply
Search and cultivate multiple placement options & supports
Multiple placement options & supports are a GOOD thing
A Fast-Paced Approach
We're on the case!
Initial Steps
Participation in the initial meeting (held by either the case management agency or the court)
Gather as much information as possible!
Start the Roadmap to Family
Ask the professional team for information about:
the children and family (including siblings)
paternity
which relatives have been contacted and are involved
Engage the family members to provide info about:
the needs of the child and family
existing supports
how to help keep the child’s life as normalized as possible
potential placement options and supports
family members and history (to begin the family tree)
Starting the Roadmap
Launching the Search
Family is the #1 source of information
engage the family, work on trust
focus on the child’s well-being
overcome bias towards the system
help, no matter what! (think: what can I do for them?)
establish paternity and focus on sibling relationships
explore each individual named as a possible father
urge each father to participate in paternity testing
Information Gathering: Listen & Observe
Ask the family’s ideas about placement & support
Always start here!
Use the Roadmap to Family as a guide to incorporate this information
What else?
Names, ages/birth dates
Contact information
Relationship status
Family heritage and burial information
Family health information (physical and mental)
Work history
Criminal history
Supports for the child
Respite care (planned and emergency)
Assistance with homework
Mentoring
Emotional support
Financial support
Community activities
Employment
Transportation
Supervision during the summer and/or non-school hours
Celebrating holidays and birthdays
Supports for the parent
Compliance with court-ordered services
Transportation
Monitoring parental progress on identified services
Keeping the parent on track and organized
Teaching and modeling parenting and daily living skills
Attending meetings and court hearings for support
Non judgmental listening ear
Supporting the Professional Team
Provide updates as new family information is obtained, including:
Contacts with family members/kin
Efforts to contact
Potential placement options
Supports
Family Genograms
Note: The primary method for contact is email (assists with documentation)

Attend regularly scheduled meetings and court hearings
Assist with issues as they arise
Once potential placement options are identified:
Home safety check
Explain licensing process to relatives
Initial background checks
Help overcome barriers to licensing
Help prepare the child to move in with their relatives or kin
School enrollment
Supervision
Clothing
Immediate medical/dental and mental health needs
Physicians and other providers
Camps and other recreational activities
Documentation: Family Connections
Genograms
Email updates throughout the case
Closing Documentation
Summary of all efforts
Family search activities
Family participation
Maternal information, including family history
Paternal information, including paternity and family history
Identified and potential relative/kin placements
Roadmap to Family: outlines additional supports and resources
Initial and final genograms
Family contact information
Results!
Day 1
4 Family Members
Day 3
47 Family Members
Day 5
133 Family Members
Day 11
212 Family Members
Day 24
219 Family Members
Youth Adopted By Licensed Parents Found Through Extreme Recruitment®
Extreme Recruitment®
Contact:

Gayle Flavin
Director of Program Implementation
Office: 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2228
gayleflavin@foster-adopt.org

www.foster-adopt.org
Q&A
Closing a Case
Roadmap to Permanency and Supports Checklist are completed with the identified resource
Closing packets within 30 days of case completion
Carry out monthly meetings until finalization
Maintain the closed file with the agency
History of the Programs
Investigators
Energetic
Creative Mind
Task-Oriented
Facilitation Skills
Flexible
Engaging with others
In-depth knowledge of child welfare system
Extreme Recruiters & Investigators
Extreme Recruiters
Can be a licensed PI
Can be a retired police officer
Can be a social worker with the right skill set
Should work alongside the Extreme Recruiter
2014 Outcomes
Why we do this work!
69.6% of Extreme Recruitment youth were matched with a permanent resource.

82.9% of 30 Days to Family youth were placed with relatives/kin by case closure
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