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Title: Family Culture Resiliency Factors: Ensuring Fidelity To The Wraparound Model

Family Culture Resiliency Factors Ensuring
Fidelity To The Wraparound Model
  • Family Partnership Institute
  • Bradley D. Norman, LCSW, Director
  • Gerry R. Rodriguez, Associate Director

Seven Keys To Personal Resiliency
  • Mind Power - Creating the positive attitudes and
    belief systems to achieve lifelong personal
    power, success and happiness.
  • Emotional Intelligence - Acquiring the knowledge,
    self-discipline and skills that support healthy
    emotional, cognitive and social functioning.
  • Positive Relationships - Attaining the knowledge
    and skills that build healthy self-esteem and
    strengthen interpersonal relationships.

  • Mastery Learning - Developing Multiple
    Intelligences to maximize cognitive potential
    accelerate learning and enhance natural talents.
  • Moral Intelligence - Acquiring the personal
    values and principles that support living with
    respect, responsibility, integrity and
  • Compelling Future - Clarifying your personal
    vision and developing meaningful goals to create
    an exciting, positive and hopeful future.
  • Principled Leadership - Modeling and teaching the

  • Definition of Culture The integrated pattern of
    human behavior that includes
  • thoughts
  • communications
  • actions
  • customs
  • beliefs
  • values
  • and institutions of a racial, ethnic, religious
    or social group

Family Culture
  • The integrated pattern of family behavior that
  • thoughts
  • communications
  • actions
  • customs
  • beliefs
  • values
  • and institutions of a racial, ethnic, religious
    or social group

Cultural Competence (Responsiveness)
  • A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and
    policies that come together in a system, agency,
    or among professionals, and enable that system,
    agency, or those professionals to work
    effectively in cross-cultural situations.
  • (Cross, Bazron, Dennis, Isaacs, 1998)

Being Culturally Relevant With Families
  • The culturally relevant service provider
  • Holds culture and elements of culture in high
  • Understands that cultural competence is a
    continuous process of assessing and broadening
    knowledge and respect for diverse individuals and
  • As a result
  • Relationships and interactions between service
    providers and families become less strained and
    goals are accomplished.

Fate of Children Families With Most Complex
Mental Health
Social Services
Service Portals
Traditional Services
1 Fall Through The Cracks
Overview of Redesign Objectives
  • Partner to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Act early to preserve and strengthen families
  • Broaden efforts to restore family capacity
  • Strengthen alternatives to rebuild permanent
    families for children
  • Systematically prepare youth for success in

Wraparound Is
  • Keeping kids at home, in the community,
  • with people who know, and love them in
    family-like settings.

Wraparound is a planning process which creates a
gateway for natural and community services It
is not an intervention.
Wraparound Processing Path
1. Concerns Strengths
2. Identify Team Strengths
10. Report and Evaluate
3. Create Family Vision
9. Document and Implement
4. Needs Identification
8. Secure Commitments
5. Prioritize Needs
6. Develop Safety Plan
7. Create Strategies That Match Strengths
  • The following values and essential elements
    form the bases for the Wraparound Standards
    adopted by the State of California in April of
  • California Wraparound Standards

Wraparound Values California Wraparound
  • Family-Centered
  • Strengths-Based
  • Consumer-Driven
  • Needs-Driven
  • Individualized
  • Culturally Relevant
  • Unconditional
  • Community-Based
  • Team-Based
  • Accountable
  • Accessible
  • Outcome-Based
  • Cost- Effective
  • Flexible
  • Promoting Self-sufficiency
  • Comprehensive
  • Collaborative

Essential Elements Ten Essential Elements of
Wraparound (Adopted from Burns and Goldman, 1998)
  • These values can also be found in the following
    essential elements list articulated, in May 1998,
    by a group of fifteen leaders and critical
    thinkers (representing the perspective of
    families, system and program developers,
    trainers, administration, program staff and
    researchers) in Wraparound. California
    Wraparound Standards

1. Families have a high level of decision-making
power at every level of the Wraparounds process.
  • Families and children are an essential part of
    the planning process. No discussions or decisions
    are appropriate without their participation.
  • The child and family express their vision. What
    you like to have going on in your life when you
    graduate from Wraparound? Where would you like to
    be five years from now? The vision is created and
    all goals of the team are aligned with the

2. Team members are persevering in there
commitment to the child and family.
  • Many solutions are tried until one is found that
    truly fits the family. The solution or strategy
    comes from the voice, choice, and access of the
    family. The strategy is implemented and tested
    overtime to ensure that it will continue to work
    after the wrap process is complete.

3. Wraparound efforts are based in the community
and encourage the familys use of their natural
supports and resources.
  1. Natural supports are essential! Without natural
    and community supports increasing over time there
    is no wraparound. The State of California has
    already acknowledged that the word encourage is
    weak in this instance. Meetings are held in the
    child and familys home unless the child or
    family would prefer to meet somewhere else in the
    community. The idea is that we are teaching youth
    and families to have informal community meetings
    so that when we are gone they will continue to
    feel that they can call informal meetings to meet
    future needs. This is a skill we want them to
    graduate with.

4. The Wraparound approach is a team-driven
process involving the family, child, natural
supports, agencies, and community services
working together to develop, implement, and
evaluate the individualized service plan.
  1. This defines the approach to the planning process
    as being an inclusive process that covers all
    areas of the childs life. The process covers all
    community mandates and familys desires within
    one plan that allows for normal family

5. Services and supports are individualized,
built on strengths, and meet the needs of
children and families across the life domains to
promote success, safety, and permanency in home,
school, and the community.
  • The descriptors Individualized and Customized
    highlight that wraparound is custom made for each
  • Functional strengths are identified. Example
    Strength, Mother is an avid reader. Therefore,
    Mother will read a book on family rules and bring
    the information to the next meeting.
  • The purpose of this is to build strategies for
    families that are culturally relevant and that
    will be implemented because they are the familys
    natural mode of operating

6. The process is culturally competent, building
on the unique values, preferences, and strengths
of children, families and their communities.
  • When we bring in natural and community supports
    there is automatic culturally responsiveness.
  • If a plan is not culturally responsive it implies
    that the process did not employ family voice,
    choice and access.

7. The plan is developed and implemented based on
an interagency, community/neighborhood
collaborative process.
  • This element refers to the fact that we want one
    comprehensive plan that fits in naturally with
    normal family life.
  • The key word here is collaborative process the
    familys involvement is central to this process.
  • No discussions or decisions are held without the
    family and child.

8. Wraparound plans include a balance of formal
services and informal community and family
resources, with eventually greater reliance on
informal services.
  1. This refers to the fact that wraparound families
    are usually isolated when they began the process.
  2. As the wraparound process begins to take effect
    there will naturally be less and less formal
  3. Some families will become independent of all
    formal supports and some will have continued need
    of life long formal support in some area.

9. Wraparound teams have adequate and flexible
  • This refers to the mandated availability of funds
    for emergency, one-time, expenses that cannot be
    funded through any other source.
  • Agencies need these funds to hire and maintain
    staff and other expenses.
  • There is no specific amount that families
  • All flexible fund expenditures are decided upon
    at team meetings with the thought in mind that we
    are working towards the familys
  • The team never wants to procure anything that the
    family will not be able to sustain on their own
    once the wraparound process is complete.

10. Outcomes are determined and measured for the
system, for the program, and for the individual
child and family.
  • Outcomes for the individual child and family team
    are evaluated at every team meeting through the
    wraparound agenda and minutes process.
  • Outcomes are measured for the program internally
    through the supervisor and externally through the
    community review team.
  • Outcomes are determined for the system through
    county and state review processes.

National Published Studies Two Randomized
Published Studies
  • Increase in home, school, community functioning
  • Improved permanency
  • Decrease in days and number of suspensions
  • Decrease in runaway behavior
  • Decreased incarceration (2.6 times less likely)
  • Decrease in delinquency and conduct disorder
  • Decrease in problem behavior.

Eleven National Published Pre-Post Studies
  • Improvement in permanency
  • Improvement in self-control
  • Improvements in home, school, and community, role
  • Decrease in problem behaviors
  • 85 decrease in arrests
  • Decrease in hyperactivity
  • Decrease in abuse related behaviors
  • Decrease in substance use
  • Decrease in hospital admissions
  • Decrease in out-of-home placements.

Wraparound Research
  • Body of Research
  • WFI
  • WOF
  • National Wraparound Initiative

Thank You!
  • Contact Information
  • 408-437-8356