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  • 1.  
  • 2. A Parent for Every Child New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • 3. Collaboration
    • NYS Office of Children and Family Services
    • Hillside Children’s Center
    • Parsons Child and Family Center
    • You Gotta Believe!
    • Chapin Hall Center for Children
  • 4. Goal: Finding permanent families for New York’s freed children with emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges so severe that they have required residential treatment……by finding and developing families that meet the distinctive needs of these children
  • 5. Specifics of our target group
    • Freed children in NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) or Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) Licensed facilities
    • Freed children in Juvenile Justice facilities
    • Freed children in Child Welfare Residential Treatment Centers (RTC) whose permanency goal is not adoption
  • 6. Estimated population 325 youth
    • Freed children in NYS OMH and OMRDD Licensed facilities
    • Freed children in Juvenile Justice facilities
    • Freed children in Child Welfare RTC whose permanency goal is not adoption
    159 Youth identified 141 Youth identified 25 Youth estimated by calling facilities Target Population Service Estimate for Grant Serve 87 Youth Achieve at least 50 placements
  • 7. Who are they? Averages (excluding the JJ youth)
    • In care 11 years
    • Waiting for adoption over 7 years
    • All but one youth over 8 years old
    • Similar racial/ethnic make up to overall in-care population
  • 8. Permanency Planning Goals tell a story
  • 9. Plan
    • Understand and address the systemic issues
    • Customize best practice permanency practice to the needs of this group
    • Education and awareness
  • 10. Systemic issues
    • In
      • Regulation
      • Law
      • Policy
      • Practice
      • Attitudes
    • Intermingle questions
      • Who is their family
      • Where they live
      • Who pays for treatment
  • 11. Proposed Program Components
    • Recruiting
      • General – Dispelling misconceptions
      • Targeted – Likely groups
        • “ Caring Professions”
        • Experienced special needs parents and families
      • Child Specific – Family Search and Engagement
    • Adoption Navigators
    • Specialized training and development
  • 12. At the end of the grant
    • At least 50 youth will have permanent families
    • Eliminated the barriers in NYS that is impeding permanence for children in congregate care
    • Developed an in-depth knowledge of what works with this very special group of youth
    • Shared that knowledge across the county