Wraparound is a family centered, strengths-based, highly individualized planning process aimed at helping people meet their unmet needs both within and outside of formal Human Services systems while remaining in their homes and neighborhood whenever possible.
Essentially Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to assist children and their families realize their hopes and dreams. The Wraparound process also attempts to ensure that children and youth grow up in their homes and communities. The planning process unites people from various parts of the family's life to form a Child Family Team. (CFT) With assistance from one or more facilitators, the team is able to work together, coordinate their activities and blend their perspectives of the family's situation.
The Process Occurs in Four Phases:
- Engagement & Team Preparation
- Initial Plan Development
- Plan Implementation
The Principles of the Wraparound Process
Family voice and choice is essential to the success of Wraparound. We are here to listen to what the family needs while assuring that the process is flexible and friendly. Family and child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the Wraparound process. Planning is grounded in the family members' perspectives, and the team strives to provide options and choices so the plan will reflect family values and preferences.
The Wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and committed to them through informal, formal and community support and service relationships. The Child-Family Team (CFT) is developed by the facilitator and the family to assist the child in building his or her strengths and attaining the family's overall vision for the future. Team members often include neighbors, teachers, coaches, mentors, therapists, friends or clergy.
The team actively seeks and encourages the full participation of team members drawn from family members' network of interpersonal and community relationships. The Wraparound plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support within the community.
Team members work cooperatively and share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single Wraparound plan. The plan reflects a blending of team members' perspectives, mandates, and resources. The plan guides and coordinates each team member's work towards meeting the teams' goals.
The Wraparound team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inclusive, most responsive, most accessible, and least restrictive settings possible; and that safely promotes child and family integration into home and community life.
The Wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds upon the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child, family and their community. Our staff is diverse and representative of the community we serve. Each of our staff is skilled in working with children and families from different experiences and backgrounds.
Services are tailored to suit your child and family's needs, utilizing family strengths and community resources. To achieve the goals of the Wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, supports and services. There is no standardized Wraparound plan, as the needs of each child and family are unique.
The Wraparound process and the Wraparound plan identify, build upon, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child and family, their community and other team members.
Despite challenges, the team persists in working toward the goals included in the Wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal Wraparound process is no longer required. The CCPFC has a "No Eject/No Reject Policy" and aims to empower and assist the family to reach sustainable change.
The team ties the goals and strategies of the Wraparound plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.
We aim to be as easily accessible as possible by maintaining a 24-hour on-call service to assist families should a crisis arise. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of crisis situations and keep the child in the within the home and community.