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  • A collaboration between the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division & the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management
  • Goals
  • Bridge Resource Families (BRF)
    May be asked to…
    • Provide temporary care, love and nurturance to the child and serve as a mentor actively helping the parents improve their ability to safely care for their children while assisting in the transition to reunification, legal guardianship, or adoption to another family
    • Serve as the legal guardian for the child while maintaining a child’s connection to kin, culture and community
    • Adopt the child while maintaining a child’s connection to kin, culture and community
    • Must be willing to work toward reunification with the biological family, as well as support and mentor them or maintain ties in cases of adoption
  • Statewide Assessment
    2007
    95% of child welfare staff reported there were not enough foster care placements
    • 45% reported they were not able to find placements in close proximity
    • 69% reported they were not able to match the child’s characteristics with the foster home placement
    • 35% of tribal child welfare staff reported that they were unable to find placements for tribal children in close proximity
    • 59% reported they do not have services available to minimize placement disruption
  • Proposed Objectives
    Preliminary Data Analysis
    • Describe the characteristics of children in care utilizing information & analysis of AFCARS data
    • Describe the types of Bridge Resource Families (BRF) who may be needed based on current case trends for different characteristics of children and youth
    • Assess the current pool of available Bridge Resource Families (BRF)
  • Proposed Objectives
    Surveys & Focus Groups
    • Assess the pool of available Bridge Resource Families
    • Analyze barriers presented by the agency or current process as perceived by current and prospective BRF in order to increase the rate of retention
    • Explore barriers and identify possible strengths of the agency in utilizing a customer service model in collaboration with Rapid Response Teams in responding to the needs of current and prospective resource families
    • Identify training needs for BRF and develop a gap analysis related to employee skills and knowledge of engaging effectively with diverse cultural, racial, and economic communities
  • Proposed Objectives
    Partnerships & Training
    • Assess agencies and community-based organizations that can provide services, including faith-based organizations
    • Develop training for staff related to customer service, the BRF model, and engaging diverse cultural, racial, and economic communities
    • Develop training for prospective foster and adoptive families and for involved court officials
  • Proposed Objectives
    Customer Service Interventions
    • Work with AdoptUSKids to create a rapid response center for prospective BRF, including a call center
    • Create a centralized support center for current foster, post-adoptive, and Bridge Resource Families in addressing questions and problems
    • Develop a 24/7 “warm line” to offer support to current and prospective resource families and post-adoptive families
    • Contract for translation services
  • Proposed Objectives
    Increase skills
    • Enable personnel to more appropriately respond to children with special needs
    • Teach BRF how to work with biological families to provide them mentoring and support
    • Identify resources and processes for keeping children engaged in their culture and community
    • Develop support groups throughout the state for resource family interaction and support
    • Develop a formal mentor program in order for experienced BRF to work with new families
    • Provide training, support, and information through technology and web-based solutions
  • Proposed Objectives
    Recruitment
    • Partner with local organizations and/or tribes to provide resource family recruitment activities
    • Develop media and print materials for targeted marketing
    • Implement zip code-targeted recruitment efforts
    • Provide training to BRF to collaborate with their local communities and faith-based organizations to promote BRF recruitment on behalf of OKDHS
  • Proposed Evaluation
    • Stratified random sample of all people who initiate the application process for BRF regardless of application outcome
    • Compare BRF characteristics and variables based on application outcome
    • Measure the effects of Bridge to the Future on safety, permanency and well-being for foster children (CFSR measures)
    • Customer perception surveys to evaluate the experience of potential BRF when navigating the recruitment process with OKDHS
    • Customer perception survey for families who participate in the mentoring program and/or utilize the “warm line”
  • Questions?
    Contact Information
    • Joani Webster – Project Director
    OKDHS Children and Family Services Division
    joani.webster@okdhs.org
    • Dr. Shannon Rios – Lead Evaluator
    OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics
    shannon.rios@okdhs.org
    • Vincent DeBerry – Project Partner
    OU Center for Public Management
    vdeberry@oucpm.org