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DR Grantee Denvers Villages


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DR Grantee Denvers Villages

  1. 2. Margaret Booker – Project Director Denver Human Services Linda Trantow – Project Administrator Denver Human Services Michele Hanna – Evaluator Butler Family Institute University of Denver Denver ’ s Village Wrapping Families with Community Support
  2. 3. The Fabric of Denver <ul><li>The City and County of Denver is 156 square miles in size. That is 3 times as big as Washington DC. </li></ul>Denver’s population is 592,052, with 153,102 being people Under the age of 18. 1% of the population is multi-ethnic and 1% are Native American 11% of the population is of African-American Descent Hispanic Peoples are 35 % of Denver’s Population 49% of the population is Caucasian
  3. 4. A Patchwork of Denver’s Villages
  4. 5. <ul><li>Colorado is a County Administered, State Supervised System. </li></ul><ul><li>At any given time Denver has approximately 1700 children in out of home placement utilizing both agency resources and the resources of Child Placement Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% of DHS Certified Homes are Kinship </li></ul><ul><li>48% of DHS Certified Homes are Foster Care, Concurrent and Adoptive Families </li></ul><ul><li>Vast majority of children placed out of county and away from their home community </li></ul>Our Current Pattern
  5. 6. Vision <ul><li>Increased numbers of approved resource and concurrent planning homes reflecting the racial, ethnic, and cultural characteristics of children coming into care. </li></ul>Build and maintain DHS and Community Infrastructure to support early and active permanency planning Increase the number of children placed in kinship homes Increase retention rate of resource families and reduce the dropout rate of prospective families Streamline processes to achieve Completion of certification in a shorter time period
  6. 7. <ul><li>Community Based Resource Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul></ul>The Idea for a New Pattern
  7. 8. <ul><li>Community Collaborative Participants </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child Placement Agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and Churches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business and other community based organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DHS Resource Staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>foster Care support workers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption Liaison </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kinship Navigator </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Section Supervisor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Home Study worker </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Patching it Together <ul><li>Identify our needs and where the needs come from </li></ul><ul><li>Identify our community partners </li></ul><ul><li>Geo assign the Resource Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Community partners to develop vision </li></ul><ul><li>Develop community specific plans </li></ul><ul><li>Implement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Measure success or make course corrections </li></ul>
  9. 10. As it Comes Together <ul><li>Increase activities in each community and tie training opportunities to these events </li></ul><ul><li>Implement targeted recruitment plans </li></ul><ul><li>Train resource families as recruiters and trainers </li></ul><ul><li>50% net increase in the number of resource families by October 2009 </li></ul>
  10. 11. Pieces that Might be Problematic <ul><li>Agency Trying to Define the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Geo Assigning of Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Building from concept to action </li></ul><ul><li>Involving resource families and youth </li></ul><ul><li>Providing Data specific to each community </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing Barriers </li></ul>
  11. 12. Contact information <ul><li>Margaret Booker </li></ul><ul><li>720-944-2804 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Trantow </li></ul><ul><li>720-944-2484 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>