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Title: Implementing Best Practice Standards in Permanency Planning


1
Implementing Best Practice Standards in
Permanency Planning
  • James Biesecker, MS
  • Sue Cohick, MSW
  • Mike Kovacevic, MS

2
How long should children wait for permanency?
  • SWAN
  • History
  • 1992-2000
  • 2000-2003
  • Mission
  • Assure Permanency for Children

3
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

4
Systems Change Model
Best Practice
Outside Influences
5
Systems Change Model Level I Participants
Best Practice
Outside Influences
6
Systems Change Model Level II Participants
Best Practice
Outside Influences
7
Systems Change Model Level III Participants
Best Practice
Outside Influences
8
Systems Change Model Level IV Participants
Best Practice
Outside Influences
9
Systems Change Model Outside Influences
ASFA CFSR Outcomes PIP Concurrent Planning St
ate Law SWAN Bulletin and Help Library
Best Practice
10
Systems Change Model Best Practice Outcomes
Best Practice Tools and Instruments
Outside Influences
11
Systems Change Model
Best Practice Tools and Instruments
ASFA CFSR Outcomes PIP Concurrent Planning St
ate Law SWAN Bulletin and Help Library
12
Affiliate Pilot ProjectGoals
  • 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.

13
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

14
Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations
  • Counties and affiliates had conflicting
    expectations
  • Benchmarks standardize practice so that Counties
    and affiliates understand their roles

15
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
    childs goal change to adoption

16
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.

17
Pilot Project Outcomes and Recommendations
  • There was no standardization to training elements
    for families
  • The benchmarks define essential components of
    family preparation

18
Outside Influences Best Practice
19
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

20
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

21
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

22
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

23
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

24
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

25
Outside Influences
26
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

27
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

28
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

29
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

30
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 childs permanency plan, determine if
    a goal change to adoption is needed..
  • Permanency Benchmarks
  • Individualized Adoption Service Plan

31
Guardianship or Permanent Placement with Relatives
  • Bulletin
  • Permanency includes adoption, kinship care, and
    Permanent Legal Custodianship
  • Permanency Benchmarks
  • Family Preparation
  • Family Profile

32
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

33
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

34
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

35
Outside Influences
36
PA Standards for Child Welfare Practice
  • Assessment
  • Service planning
  • Service delivery
  • Monitoring Evaluation
  • Management

37
Outside Influences
38
Implementing Best Practice Standards in
Permanency Planning
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • For more information contact
  • Mike Kovacevic, Family Design Resources
  • 1-888-793-2512
  • mkovacevic_at_diakon-swan.org
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