DR Grantee Denvers Villages


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  • A community based Resource Team is a collaboration/partnership between the department, Family 2 Family sites, child placement agencies, community based organizations, faith based organizations, businesses and schools working together to develop more foster, kinship and adoptive homes in the community, increase capacity of resource families through joint training and development, and build a strong community based support system and menu of services for our resource families toward high retention. The teams are developing joint recruitment plans to seek additional family resources in the community. Prompted by a lack of success individually and the growing need for resources in the community We held a meeting with the 7 sites to begin a joint conversation. We shared both our challenges and our opportunities. Made a commitment to work together by developing plans to meet the unique needs of each community. We geo-assigned our Resource Section Staff to the identified communities to work side by side the collaboratives We anticipate an increase in the number of resource families and more of our children being able to remain in the own communities if out of home placement is needed. We hope to realize improved safety, permanence and well-being for children Increased support for resource families, higher retention rates and an overall increased community investment in their children.
  • Collaborative Participants includes staff from the Sites, other cbo’s, residents, etc Foster Parents, Kinship families and Adoptive families Youth who are in the system or who have emancipated Child Placement Agencies
  • Allowing the community to define their neighborhoods instead of imposing our idea of community Sharing of staff resources, knowledge, support Putting together concrete plans Involving Resource families and increasing their capacity as leaders in the effort Knowing and distributing community specific data Joining the community in waivers for barriers that keep families from qualifying to be a certified resource Family
  • DR Grantee Denvers Villages

    1. 2. Margaret Booker – Project Director Denver Human Services Linda Trantow – Project Administrator Denver Human Services Michele Hanna – Evaluator Butler Family Institute University of Denver Denver ’ s Village Wrapping Families with Community Support
    2. 3. The Fabric of Denver <ul><li>The City and County of Denver is 156 square miles in size. That is 3 times as big as Washington DC. </li></ul>Denver’s population is 592,052, with 153,102 being people Under the age of 18. 1% of the population is multi-ethnic and 1% are Native American 11% of the population is of African-American Descent Hispanic Peoples are 35 % of Denver’s Population 49% of the population is Caucasian
    3. 4. A Patchwork of Denver’s Villages
    4. 5. <ul><li>Colorado is a County Administered, State Supervised System. </li></ul><ul><li>At any given time Denver has approximately 1700 children in out of home placement utilizing both agency resources and the resources of Child Placement Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% of DHS Certified Homes are Kinship </li></ul><ul><li>48% of DHS Certified Homes are Foster Care, Concurrent and Adoptive Families </li></ul><ul><li>Vast majority of children placed out of county and away from their home community </li></ul>Our Current Pattern
    5. 6. Vision <ul><li>Increased numbers of approved resource and concurrent planning homes reflecting the racial, ethnic, and cultural characteristics of children coming into care. </li></ul>Build and maintain DHS and Community Infrastructure to support early and active permanency planning Increase the number of children placed in kinship homes Increase retention rate of resource families and reduce the dropout rate of prospective families Streamline processes to achieve Completion of certification in a shorter time period
    6. 7. <ul><li>Community Based Resource Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul></ul>The Idea for a New Pattern
    7. 8. <ul><li>Community Collaborative Participants </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child Placement Agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and Churches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business and other community based organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DHS Resource Staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>foster Care support workers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption Liaison </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kinship Navigator </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Section Supervisor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Home Study worker </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Patching it Together <ul><li>Identify our needs and where the needs come from </li></ul><ul><li>Identify our community partners </li></ul><ul><li>Geo assign the Resource Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Community partners to develop vision </li></ul><ul><li>Develop community specific plans </li></ul><ul><li>Implement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Measure success or make course corrections </li></ul>
    9. 10. As it Comes Together <ul><li>Increase activities in each community and tie training opportunities to these events </li></ul><ul><li>Implement targeted recruitment plans </li></ul><ul><li>Train resource families as recruiters and trainers </li></ul><ul><li>50% net increase in the number of resource families by October 2009 </li></ul>
    10. 11. Pieces that Might be Problematic <ul><li>Agency Trying to Define the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Geo Assigning of Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Building from concept to action </li></ul><ul><li>Involving resource families and youth </li></ul><ul><li>Providing Data specific to each community </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing Barriers </li></ul>
    11. 12. Contact information <ul><li>Margaret Booker </li></ul><ul><li>720-944-2804 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Trantow </li></ul><ul><li>720-944-2484 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>