ERIC Number: ED440183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Team Decisionmaking: Involving the Family and Community in Child Welfare Decisions. Building Community Partnerships in Child Welfare, Part Two. Family to Family: Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care.
The Family to Family initiative has encouraged states to reconceptualize, redesign, and reconstruct their foster care systems. By 1996, the initiative was being implemented in five states, five Georgia counties, and Los Angeles County, California. To implement necessary changes, Family to Family sites have designed and tested an approach called "team decisionmaking." Family to Family team decisionmaking takes place in a meeting that includes family members, foster parents (if the child is in placement), service providers, other community representatives, the caseworker, the supervisor, and, often, resource staff from the child welfare agency. Team decisionmaking can help prevent a child's removal or arrange a kinship placement. The team decisionmaking model recognizes and respects the birth family as an expert on its own children and, as a result, often builds an alliance with its members. Team decisionmaking can be sustained and further enriched through geographic assignment of cases, increased individualization of services, use of the process for prevention, and use of the process for quality assurance. Six appendixes are available on computer diskette from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.