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Kaleidoscope Overview



An overview of Kaleidoscope's programs for abused and neglected children.

An overview of Kaleidoscope's programs for abused and neglected children.



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  • Kaleidoscope serving the “most difficult” cases, as deemed by the state: specializedKids moving from home to home learn to reject care before getting rejected; acting out and misbehaving as a defense.W/o proper care, more likely to become unemployed, homeless, addicted to drugs and incarcerated, becoming a burden on society.Economists estimate that preventing ONE vulnerable child from becoming a high school dropout, career criminal or drug abuser saves $1.7 to $2.3M in costs to society.
  • Illinois allows young people to remain wards of the state up through age 21. Transitional support services mimic what many of us have growing up.
  • Unconditional careIndividualized, family-centered, community-focusedOur vision, our product
  • 1970s brought children back to Illinois for care – founded 1973Programs are delivered with our values as their underpinnings: unconditional care, strengths-based, family, community, diversityThe team model of service delivery – no single worker alone is assigned to a child; provides stability and continuity (i.e., if one team member leaves Kaleidoscope, other team members remain familiar to the child. A stable adult influence is paramount…
  • FYF selects and matches wards of the state in 2- and 4-year colleges with employers for paid, full-time, 10-week internships.Lasting from June thru mid-August.FYF provides career development workshops and networking opportunities via employers, board members, social events.

Kaleidoscope Overview Kaleidoscope Overview Presentation Transcript

  • Tom Finnegan
    Executive Director, Kaleidoscope
  • ~6,000
  • Department of
    Children &
  • individualized
  • Olivia DelGiudice, LCSW
    Associate Director, Kaleidoscope
    Therapeutic Family Foster Care
  • What is a
    foster home?
  • Did you know?
    Types of foster care:
  • Kaleidoscope Foster Care
    Individual Treatment Program
    Adolescent Parent Program
    Medically Complex Program
  • How’s Kaleidoscope different?
    • Unconditional care
    • inclusive admission policy
    • no punitivedischarge policy
    • Strengths-based
    • Team approach
    • Professional foster parent model
  • Whom does
    Kaleidoscope serve?
    Some common characteristics:
    • multiple placements/moves
    • history of abuse (physical and/or sexual)
    • mental health diagnoses
    • aggressive behaviors
    • delinquent behaviors
    • drug and/or alcohol use
    • runaways
    • chronic medical conditions
  • How does someone
    become a foster parent?
    • orientation & face-to-face meeting
    • application
    • interview
    • study of the home and family members
    • criminal background checks
    • health and driving record reviewed
    • trainings
  • What can a foster
    parent expect?
    • On-going monthly trainings
    • Weekly home visits by staff (announced and unannounced)
    • Twenty-fourhour emergency support
    • Financial support
    • Annual evaluation
  • Intake & Matching
    DCFS referral
    Team matches youth withfoster home
    Foster parent reads files on youth
    Foster parent meets with youth and youth’s worker
    Transition plan and date of placement is established
  • Assessment & Planning
    • Risk assessment
    • Integrated assessment
    • Treatment/service plan
    Completed within 30 days of admission and is a computerized system with a strengths-based focus
  • What we do
    Staff build relationships and the following services to the youth, their foster and biological families
    • Case management (plans and arranges services)
    • Therapy
    • Educational monitoring/tutoring
    • Basic life skills building
    • Employment- and housing-seeking assistance
    • Parenting training/coaching
    • Recreational activities
    • Medication monitoring and nursing services
  • Goals
    • A safe home (safety)
    • To remain in that home (stability)
    • An on-going connection (permanency)
    • Quality of life (well-being)
  • Cassandra Rogers-Lampkin
    Director of Community Services, Kaleidoscope
    Systems of Care
  • Overview
    • Stabilizechildren whose placements are atrisk
    • 27 SOC agencies across Illinois; SOC providers each cover a specific geographic area in the state.
    • Kaleidoscope covers 4½ areas in over 25 neighborhoods
    • SOC providers deliver and coordinate services
  • Eligibility
    • A child living in a foster home with a relative
    • A child who is or has experienced significant traumatic events in life
    • A child who has behavior or emotional problems and the child is displaying risk behaviors
    • The foster parent is struggling to meet the needs of the child
    • There is a risk of having the child removed from the home
  • Referral Process
    • Caseworker makes the referral
    • SOC and caseworker discuss the presenting issues to determine eligibility
    • If eligible, SOC admits child and schedules an initial home visit within 5 days
    • SOC meets with child, foster parent and caseworker in the home to begin assessment and provide services
    • The team works with the whole family and other professional involved with the child
    • Foster parents usually know the child the best
    • The caseworker provides valuable information to SOC – helps understand the child’s trauma history, risk behaviors and emotional issues and behaviors
  • Important Timelines
    • Initial home visit within 5 working days of admission
    • Child and family team meeting occurs and strengths-based treatment plan is developed within 30 days
    • SOC meets with child and foster parent at least twice per month in the home
  • Strengths-based Assessment
    • SOC uses the “Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths” (CANS) assessment tool, which is used statewide
    • Identifies existing and potential strengths of the child and placement
    • Identifies existing needs of the child and placement
  • Identifying Strengths
    • Does the child have any hobbies or participate in activities?
    • Does the child have natural talents (e.g., musical, artistic or athletic)?
    • Where does the child find a sense of importance or belonging?
    • What skills does the child have (e.g., work, study, sports or cooking)?
    • How well does the child get along with other children? With adults?
  • Child & Family Team
    • The foster parent, child, caseworker and provider
    • May also include other providers, concerned family members or concerned persons from the community (e.g., juvenile justice or education)
    • Work together to develop a treatment plan for the child
    • Team members:
    • Help identify important issues of concern in the child’s life
    • Help the SOC provider understand what supports are wanted and needed right now
  • Individual Plan of Care
    • Identifies child and foster parent strengths and needs
    • Focuses on describing how child strengths will be used to address the needs
    • Establishes who is responsible for providing services and how the services will be paid for
    • Team Members:
    • Actively participate in developing the plan
    • Take the lead in one or more areas (i.e., school, recreational, etc.) of the plan
  • Scope of Services
    • SOC does not replace the caseworker; the goal is to bring everyone in the child’s life together to develop a plan
    • SOC services focus on stabilizing the placement
    • SOC can provide services directly, identify a community resource or pay for specialized services when necessary
  • Discharge Process
    • SOC services vary in length - 1 month up to 12 months
    • SOC will work with the caseworker, child and foster family to identify ongoing community supports
    • Child and family team meets at time of discharge to review SOC services and agree on discharge plan
  • Renee Lehocky, LCSW
    Director of Transitional Services, Kaleidoscope
    Transitional Living Services
    (Youth 18-21)
  • The benefits of extending
    care beyond age 18
    • Compelling evidence that foster children who stay in care beyond the age of 18 fare better than those leaving care at age 18
    • They fare better in education, employment, they avoid the criminal system and are less likely to become homeless
    • Approximately 55% of young men and 46% of young women between the ages 18 and 24 were living at home with one or both parents in 2003 (Fields, 2003)
  • Important milestones of
    Illinois youth
    Age 18
    • State’s legal age of majority
    • Youth provides own consent for medical care
    • DCFS placements and services may continue
    Age 19
    • Court must find that continued care is in youth's best interest in order for jurisdiction to continue
    Age 21
    • End of juvenile court jurisdiction
    Age 23
    • End of any residual educational assistance through Department of Children and Family Services
  • Independent Living Program
    Purpose of an Independent Living Program is to offer youth the opportunity to live in an apartment with a “safety net” of supports while they progress towards independence.
    To be eligible, youth must:
    • be 19 years old
    • have graduated from high school/have a GED
    • have demonstrated capacity to live independently
    • have history/desire to be gainfully employed
    • be employed/enrolled in higher education program
  • Independent Living Program
    • Assessment of youth’s strengths and needs to determine treatment planning
    • Tailored services to meet individual needs
    • Youth is key in development of treatment plan
    • Child and family team meetings to review goals
    • Focus on discharge planning to reach goals
  • Youth Development Program
    • Educational programming
    • Employment services
    • Financial assistance/counseling
    • Housekeeping skills
    • Obtain a driver’s license
    • Food assistance
    • Therapy
    • Financial bonus for employment and education
  • Outcomes measured
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Financial self-sufficiency
    • Placement stability
    • Engagement in healthy living practices/behaviors
  • Transition to Adult Services Program (TAS)
    • TAS transitions Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) wards with developmental disabilities from the DCFS system to the adult Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DHS DDD) System.
    • TAS provides consultation/training to caseworkers, residential staff, foster parents, wards and anyone else involved in Department of Children and Family Services cases regarding the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities process.
    • TAS is currently working with about 250 wards.
  • Abbie See
    Development Associate, Kaleidoscope
    Find Your Future
    (College Youth 18-21)
  • Participating Employers
  • History
    • Partnership between Kaleidoscope and DCFS
    • Began in 2005
    • Giving opportunities to past & current DCFS Youth
  • Eligibility
    • Involvement with DCFS
    • Full-time college students
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Application, resume, letter of recommendation, transcripts
  • Interns & Employers
    • Colleges
    • Freshmen-Seniors
    • Areas of study
    • Past employers & prospects
    • Who are they?
    • Commitment
  • Networking/Learning Opportunities
    • Orientation
    • Etiquette training
    • Cultural experience
    • Volunteer experience
    • Resume workshop
    • Closing Luncheon
  • Thank you!