A collaboration between the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division & the University o...
Goals<br />
Bridge Resource Families (BRF)<br />May be asked to… <br /><ul><li>Provide temporary care, love and nurturance to the chil...
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 ti...
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 </li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<b...
Describe the types of Bridge Resource Families (BRF) who may be needed based on current case trends for different characte...
Assess the current pool of available Bridge Resource Families (BRF)</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Surveys & F...
Analyze barriers presented by the agency or current process as perceived by current and prospective BRF in order to increa...
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DR Grantee OK DHS

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  2. 2. A collaboration between the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division & the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management<br />
  3. 3. Goals<br />
  4. 4. Bridge Resource Families (BRF)<br />May be asked to… <br /><ul><li>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
  5. 5. Serve as the legal guardian for the child while maintaining a child’s connection to kin, culture and community
  6. 6. Adopt the child while maintaining a child’s connection to kin, culture and community
  7. 7. 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</li></li></ul><li>Statewide Assessment<br />2007<br />95% of child welfare staff reported there were not enough foster care placements<br /><ul><li>45% reported they were not able to find placements in close proximity
  8. 8. 69% reported they were not able to match the child’s characteristics with the foster home placement
  9. 9. 35% of tribal child welfare staff reported that they were unable to find placements for tribal children in close proximity
  10. 10. 59% reported they do not have services available to minimize placement disruption </li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Preliminary Data Analysis<br /><ul><li>Describe the characteristics of children in care utilizing information & analysis of AFCARS data
  11. 11. Describe the types of Bridge Resource Families (BRF) who may be needed based on current case trends for different characteristics of children and youth
  12. 12. Assess the current pool of available Bridge Resource Families (BRF)</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Surveys & Focus Groups<br /><ul><li>Assess the pool of available Bridge Resource Families
  13. 13. Analyze barriers presented by the agency or current process as perceived by current and prospective BRF in order to increase the rate of retention
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Partnerships & Training<br /><ul><li>Assess agencies and community-based organizations that can provide services, including faith-based organizations
  16. 16. Develop training for staff related to customer service, the BRF model, and engaging diverse cultural, racial, and economic communities
  17. 17. Develop training for prospective foster and adoptive families and for involved court officials</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Customer Service Interventions<br /><ul><li>Work with AdoptUSKids to create a rapid response center for prospective BRF, including a call center
  18. 18. Create a centralized support center for current foster, post-adoptive, and Bridge Resource Families in addressing questions and problems
  19. 19. Develop a 24/7 “warm line” to offer support to current and prospective resource families and post-adoptive families
  20. 20. Contract for translation services</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Increase skills<br /><ul><li>Enable personnel to more appropriately respond to children with special needs
  21. 21. Teach BRF how to work with biological families to provide them mentoring and support
  22. 22. Identify resources and processes for keeping children engaged in their culture and community
  23. 23. Develop support groups throughout the state for resource family interaction and support
  24. 24. Develop a formal mentor program in order for experienced BRF to work with new families
  25. 25. Provide training, support, and information through technology and web-based solutions</li></li></ul><li>Proposed Objectives<br />Recruitment<br /><ul><li>Partner with local organizations and/or tribes to provide resource family recruitment activities
  26. 26. Develop media and print materials for targeted marketing
  27. 27. Implement zip code-targeted recruitment efforts
  28. 28. Provide training to BRF to collaborate with their local communities and faith-based organizations to promote BRF recruitment on behalf of OKDHS </li></li></ul><li>Proposed Evaluation<br /><ul><li>Stratified random sample of all people who initiate the application process for BRF regardless of application outcome
  29. 29. Compare BRF characteristics and variables based on application outcome
  30. 30. Measure the effects of Bridge to the Future on safety, permanency and well-being for foster children (CFSR measures)
  31. 31. Customer perception surveys to evaluate the experience of potential BRF when navigating the recruitment process with OKDHS
  32. 32. Customer perception survey for families who participate in the mentoring program and/or utilize the “warm line” </li></li></ul><li>Questions?<br />Contact Information<br /><ul><li>Joani Webster – Project Director </li></ul>OKDHS Children and Family Services Division<br />joani.webster@okdhs.org<br /><ul><li>Dr. Shannon Rios – Lead Evaluator</li></ul>OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics<br />shannon.rios@okdhs.org<br /><ul><li>Vincent DeBerry – Project Partner</li></ul>OU Center for Public Management<br />vdeberry@oucpm.org<br />

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