Public and private partnership consisting of the Missouri Children’s Division staff, Contracted Case Management Agencies and Contracted Providers of Foster/Adopt Training and Post Permanency Support Services in St. Louis region.
All with a common goal of achieving permanency for Missouri children who wait.
Demonstrated Need 1082 children identified in the project area age 10 or over and having been in care for 15 months or more.
The program will serve 150 youth during the grant period:
Ensuring a system of supportive adults for at least 90% of those youth
Achieving permanency through adoption or guardianship for at least 70% of those youth
Consequences of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
355 Missouri youth aged out of the foster care system without familial support 27% or 96 of these youth from the St. Louis region (FY2007)
20,000 youth aged out of the foster care system nationally (FY2007)
38% experience mental health issues
50% become involved in illegal drug use
25% become involved with the criminal justice system
Extreme Services Pathway Workgroup identifies eligibility criteria for children who meet threshold (>15 months in care, > age 10 years) and the group to which this criteria applies Group is randomized Criteria are set regarding incoming resource families Comparison group to receive traditional services Study group to receive enhanced services Referred to extreme recruitment team Potential resource families that meet criteria are referred to Training and Support Services Supervisor Extreme Recruitment Team identifies potential placement resource Extreme Recruitment team refers potential placement resource to Training and Support Services Supervisor Training and Support Services Supervisor works with potential resource families to begin background checks, provide support and refer for Extreme Education
Project Components Extreme Recruitment
CHILD Preparing for Best Placement Mental Health Physical Health Educational Needs Adult Relationships Peer Relationships
First Placement= Best Placement
Parents of Friends
Fostering Faithful Families
Missouri Foster & Adoption Partnership
A Place to Call Home
Fostering Court Improvement
Voices for Children
Project Components Extreme Recruitment Extreme Education, Training, and Supports
Placement Occurs The addition of support services, on-going relationship with a consistent worker, and the availability of services following placement and finalization increases the stability and security of placements. Current Training and Assessment Activities Specialized education, training, and support network formation One-on-One Professional Support Services
On-going access post-placement:
Mental health services
I didn’t want to be adopted because I thought I was too old…
Now that I visit my aunt, I can’t wait to be adopted by her!