Foster Care Redesign

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About This Program

Target Population: Children of all ages, especially minority populations and those with diverse ethnicities, who are at risk of entering the child welfare system; and their families

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Foster Care Redesign is designed to change the culture of removal within the child welfare system to a culture of preventative and diversion services for children and their families. This paradigm shift necessitates both programmatic and organizational changes to redirect the system from a dependence on immediately placing children in foster care to first focusing efforts on managing child safety via in-home Safety Management services until identified danger threats are mitigated and can allow for in-home family-centered services with an ongoing case manager. By providing intense, family-centered services to children and families in their own homes, the program aims to reduce the number of children entering out-of-home care without increasing the number of children who are re-referred for child abuse or neglect. An additional goal is reuniting children taken from homes deemed unsafe more quickly with their parents through the use of behaviorally focused services. Foster Care Redesign is designed to be flexible so that it can meet unexpected challenges for the children and families the program serves.

Program Goals:

The goals of Foster Care Redesign are:

  • Do everything possible to safely reduce the number of children in foster care by changing the culture of removal to a culture of mitigating safety in order to provide intervention through in-home services By be flexible and responsive and by tailoring services to each family’s needs, strengths, lifestyle, and culture
  • Expedite permanency and reduce time in care by identifying diminished caregiver capacities and danger threats meeting child safety threshold through a comprehensive family assessment that focuses on behavioral change services
  • Keep children safely in their homes with their families whenever possible through programming in Safety Management, FAST, High Risk Newborn, Health Care Coordination, and STEPS and by using program supports such as FIS (Family Intervention Specialist), Domestic Violence Advocacy Support specialist, Circle of Security infant mental health specialist, and IPT (Integrated Practice Team)
  • Reduce lengths of stay in out-of-home care for those children who must be removed by utilizing Innovation Team staffing, condition for return, and in-home safety planning with aftercare supports
  • Expedite permanency for all children without a permanent family through the use of a multidisciplinary approach - Permanency Staffing’s, Team Decision Making
  • Provide as an immediate response to referral as possible

Contact Information

Bob Miller
Title: CEO
Sarah Markman-Sayar
Title: Program Director

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2011