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DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
DR Grantee Santa Cruz County
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DR Grantee Santa Cruz County

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Roots and Wings Finding Permanent Homes for Foster Children in Santa Cruz County California
  • 3.
    • There are two lasting gifts we can give our children, one is roots the other is wings.
          • -Holding Carter
  • 4. Key Components
    • Purpose:
      • Support foster children to develop strong roots in their families, communities and cultures and provide them opportunities or “wings” to thrive
    • Target Populations:
      • 2 Neighborhood areas
      • Older youth
    • Organizational Culture Shift:
      • Our job is to support resource parents to provide lifelong connections for children
  • 5. Santa Cruz County: Who We Are
    • Central coast of California
    • Approximately a quarter million people
    • Two thirds of the adult population is white and one third is Hispanic/Latino
    • One quarter of residents speak a language other than English (mainly Spanish)
    • Major industries are tourism and agriculture
    • Economic challenges include high housing costs, un- and under-employment rates, and state budget cuts
  • 6. What We Face
    • Resource Parents need more support
      • Not enough on-going financial help to meet children’s needs
      • Expressed need for more respect for foster parent’s role
      • Reported need for practical help accessing support services
    • Permanency and placement outcomes need improvement
      • Not always placed within community of origin
      • Permanency measures for older youth indicate need for improvement
  • 7. Of all children in foster care for 24 months or longer, what percent were discharged to a permanent home prior to turning 18?
  • 8. Where We Want To Go
    • Implement a comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment program
      • Assess current practices and develop a plan.
      • Increase the available pool of concurrent and adoptive parents to be reflective of the children in care.
      • Ensure that resource parents are satisfied.
      • Ensure that children who have been in care are transitioned to permanent homes.
    • Evaluate the program and disseminate information
      • Assess program effectiveness
      • Disseminate evaluation information
  • 9. How We Can Get There
    • Profiles of Children and Resource parents
    • Practice Assessments and Policy Development
      • Concurrent Planning
      • Recruitment & Licensing
      • Customer Service
    • Community Mapping
  • 10. What We Will Do
    • Initial Recruitment
      • General Recruitment and Awareness
        • Partner with business/organizations
        • Family friendly orientations
      • Targeted Recruitment
        • Build and support new relationships in two identified areas
        • Neighborhood based recruitment and support events
      • Child Specific
        • Adoptive home searches for children 12 and over who have been in care 18 months or more.
      • Customer Service Driven Licensing
  • 11. More Of What We Will Do
    • Retention and Support
      • One on One Support
        • Resource Parent Specialist
        • Community Based Liaisons
        • Permanency Partner
      • Additional Supports
        • Volunteer Network “Wings”
        • Support access to existing resource parent mentors
        • Permanency Fund
      • Adoption Support
  • 12. Challenges and Opportunities We May Face
    • Multiple experts
    • Community opinions and desires may be different from plans
    • Integration of efforts throughout division
    • Shrinking Family and Children’s Services staff
  • 13. What we want to learn
    • What were the new services and programs?
    • Did the efforts improve the processes within the Family and Children’s Services?
    • Did the improved processes lead to better outcomes for children and families served?
  • 14. Questions?

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