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ERIC Number: EJ864360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0886-571X
Redefining Residential: Family-Driven Care in Residential Treatment--Family Members Speak
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, v26 n4 p252-256 2009
This is the sixth in a series of papers issued by the American Association of Children's Residential Centers (AACRC) regarding emerging and best practices in the field of residential treatment for children, youth, and families. AACRC is a long standing national association focused exclusively on practice and policy issues related to the provision of residential treatment. The "Redefining Residential" series is an effort by the Association to stimulate dialogue that can lead to more effective use of this critical and specialized resource in communities around the country. One of the earlier papers in the series addresses family-driven care in residential. Its central premise was that a critical direction for organizations providing residential treatment is to move beyond engaging families to drawing upon them to help guide and drive treatment. Such an approach is supported by: (1) research that child outcomes are positively correlated with the degree of family involvement (Walter & Petr, 2008); (2) important biological and philosophical considerations regarding family attachments; and (3) promising practices being piloted by agencies around the country. That paper offered practical steps organizations can take to become family-driven. AACRC subsequently created a track regarding family-driven care at its annual conference in San Diego in October of 2008. Family members caucused and generated input to the AACRC Board regarding actions the Association and the field can take to more fully actualize the vision of family-driven care in residential treatment. This paper summarizes that input.
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Language: English
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