ERIC Number: ED369488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Full Circle Program's Family Consulting Services.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
In 1989-90, Full Circle Program's Family Consulting Services (FCS) staff provided family reunification services to 50 children and their families in San Francisco and Marin counties. Staff members developed individualized treatment strategies for each family, acting as advocates for the needs of the child. These services included medical and neurological evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; educational diagnosis and treatment through the Individual Education Program process; psychiatric or psychosocial counseling; and referral and follow-through with other appropriate agencies. Of the 50 clients served, 37 were successfully reunited with their families, 4 were emancipated, 4 remained in placement, and 5 were placed in foster homes. Key to FCS's ability to work successfully with several families were culturally appropriate case workers and aides. Some of the problems encountered by the FCS staff were the lack of coordination and oversight of social service agencies; being brought into a case at the last moment without the pre-unification time needed to build relationships with clients and their parents and to identify and ameliorate specific problems in the home; and, most significantly, lack of funding. A detailed case study of one of FCS's reunification successes and Carolyn L. Brown's article, "Family Reunification," which describes the project and discusses the advantages of employing an individualized strategy, are included. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.