10 Principles of Wraparound

CFT/ISP – The Camden County Partnership for Children (CCPFC) is not a treatment or social service program. We help families find, create and develop options that will support them while they work on solutions to their problems. The Child and Family Team is a crucial part of the process. The Team helps families help themselves. CCPFC helps the Team by providing the structure for the Team meetings and by helping put in place the Individual Service Plan (ISP) that the Team creates. This is called “Care Management.”

Each family’s ISP – Structured around basic measurable, immediate and long term goals- is developed by a Child & Family Team (CFT) comprised of both “natural” and “formal” supports who are integrally involved with the family and play an important role in the child’s life. Natural supports may include relatives, clergy, friends, neighbors, and coaches. Formal supports may include therapists, teachers, probation officers or other professionals who are current or potential service providers to the family.

The child’s primary caregiver is a key member of the Team and must take ownership of the ISP in order for it to succeed. All team members are required to commit to doing “whatever it takes” to help the child and the family achieve positive outcomes. Family preferences, culture, and values determine the size and composition of the Team, which evolves and changes over time as the family relationships, interests, and needs change.

The CFT’s ultimate objective is to develop, refine, and execute, the ISP based upon wraparound values and strength-based planning. The ISP will address all areas of the child’s life, including family interactions, safety concerns, emotional/psychological supports, educational objectives, legal issues, and medical concerns. Copies of the ISP are distributed to each Team member.


The Ten Principles of the Wraparound process

The National Wraparound initiative recently revisited previous descriptions of these basic principles and more fully described them, subjecting them to a consensus building process and an explication of some of the challenges in achieving them in “real world” practice. These principles are presented below.

1. Family voice and choice.

Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the wraparound process. Planning is grounded in family members’ perspectives, and the team strives to provide options and choices such that the plan reflects the family values and preferences.

2. Team based.

The wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and committed to them through informal, formal, and community support and services relationships.

3. Natural supports.

The team actively seeks out and encourages the full participation of team members drawn from family members’ networks of interpersonal and community relationships. The wraparound plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support.

4. Collaboration.

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 members’ work towards meeting the teams’ goals.

5. Community-based.

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 promote child and family integration into home and community life.

6. Culturally competent.

The wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture and identity of the child/youth and family, and their community.

7. Individualized.

To achieve the goals laid out in the wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, support and services.

8. Strengths based.

The wraparound process and the wraparound plan identity, build on, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child and family, their community, and other team members.

9. Persistence.

Despite challenges, the team persist in working toward the goals included in the wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer required.

10. Outcome based.

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 revise the plan accordingly.

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