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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Wraparound has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Placement Stabilization Programs.

Target Population: Designed for children and youth with severe emotional, behavioral, or mental health difficulties and their families where the child/youth is in, or at risk for, out-of-home, institutional, or restrictive placements, and involved in multiple child and family-serving systems (e.g., child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, special education, etc.)

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Wraparound is a team-based planning process intended to provide individualized and coordinated family-driven care. Wraparound is designed to meet the complex needs of children who are involved with several child and family-serving systems (e.g., mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, etc.), who are at risk of placement in institutional settings, and who experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health difficulties. The Wraparound process requires that families, providers, and key members of the family’s social support network collaborate to build a creative plan that responds to the particular needs of the child and family. Team members then implement the plan and continue to meet regularly to monitor progress and make adjustments to the plan as necessary. The team continues its work until members reach a consensus that a formal Wraparound process is no longer needed.

The values associated with Wraparound require that the planning process itself, as well as the services and supports provided, should be individualized, family driven, culturally competent and community-based. Additionally, the Wraparound process should increase the “natural support” available to a family by strengthening interpersonal relationships and utilizing other resources that are available in the family’s network of social and community relationships. Finally, Wraparound should be “strengths-based", helping the child and family recognize, utilize, and build talents, assets, and positive capacities.

Program Goals:

The goals of Wraparound are:

  • Maintain children with highest levels of mental health and related needs successfully and safely in their homes and communities
  • Improve functioning across life domains
  • Decrease out-of-home placements

Contact Information

Name: Janet S. Walker, PhD
Title: Co-Director of the National Wraparound Initiative, Research Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University and Director of the Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures
Website: www.nwi.pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-8236
Fax: (503) 725-4180

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2007