WELCOME!<br />
Tom Finnegan<br />Executive Director, Kaleidoscope<br />
~6,000<br />~35,000<br />~3,000<br />“Specialized”<br />
Department of <br />Children & <br />Family<br />Services<br />
individualized<br />family-centered<br />community-focused<br />
Olivia DelGiudice, LCSW<br />Associate Director, Kaleidoscope<br />Therapeutic Family Foster Care<br />
What is a <br />foster home?<br />
Did you know?<br />Types of foster care:<br />Home-of-relative<br />Traditional<br />Specialized<br />
Kaleidoscope Foster Care<br />Individual Treatment Program<br />Adolescent Parent Program<br />Medically Complex Program<b...
How’s Kaleidoscope different?<br /><ul><li>Unconditional care
inclusive admission policy
no punitivedischarge policy
Strengths-based
Team approach
Professional foster parent model</li></li></ul><li>Whom does<br />Kaleidoscope serve?<br />Some common characteristics:<br...
history of abuse (physical and/or sexual)
mental health diagnoses
aggressive behaviors
delinquent behaviors
drug and/or alcohol use
runaways
chronic medical conditions</li></li></ul><li>How does someone <br />become a foster parent?<br /><ul><li>orientation & fac...
application
interview
study of the home and family members
criminal background checks
health and driving record reviewed
trainings</li></li></ul><li>What can a foster <br />parent expect?<br /><ul><li>On-going monthly trainings
Weekly home visits by staff (announced and unannounced)
Twenty-fourhour emergency support
Financial support
Annual evaluation</li></li></ul><li>Intake & Matching<br />DCFS referral<br />Team matches youth withfoster home<br />Fost...
Assessment & Planning<br /><ul><li>Risk assessment
Integrated assessment
Treatment/service plan</li></ul>Completed within 30 days of admission and is a computerized system with a strengths-based ...
What we do<br />Staff build relationships and the following services to the youth, their foster and biological families<br...
Therapy
Educational monitoring/tutoring
Basic life skills building
Employment- and housing-seeking assistance
Parenting training/coaching
Recreational activities
Medication monitoring and nursing services</li></li></ul><li>Goals<br /><ul><li>A safe home	(safety)
To remain in that home 	(stability)
An on-going connection	(permanency)
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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

    1. 1. WELCOME!<br />
    2. 2. Tom Finnegan<br />Executive Director, Kaleidoscope<br />
    3. 3. ~6,000<br />~35,000<br />~3,000<br />“Specialized”<br />
    4. 4. Department of <br />Children & <br />Family<br />Services<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. individualized<br />family-centered<br />community-focused<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8. Olivia DelGiudice, LCSW<br />Associate Director, Kaleidoscope<br />Therapeutic Family Foster Care<br />
    9. 9. What is a <br />foster home?<br />
    10. 10. Did you know?<br />Types of foster care:<br />Home-of-relative<br />Traditional<br />Specialized<br />
    11. 11. Kaleidoscope Foster Care<br />Individual Treatment Program<br />Adolescent Parent Program<br />Medically Complex Program<br />
    12. 12. How’s Kaleidoscope different?<br /><ul><li>Unconditional care
    13. 13. inclusive admission policy
    14. 14. no punitivedischarge policy
    15. 15. Strengths-based
    16. 16. Team approach
    17. 17. Professional foster parent model</li></li></ul><li>Whom does<br />Kaleidoscope serve?<br />Some common characteristics:<br /><ul><li>multiple placements/moves
    18. 18. history of abuse (physical and/or sexual)
    19. 19. mental health diagnoses
    20. 20. aggressive behaviors
    21. 21. delinquent behaviors
    22. 22. drug and/or alcohol use
    23. 23. runaways
    24. 24. chronic medical conditions</li></li></ul><li>How does someone <br />become a foster parent?<br /><ul><li>orientation & face-to-face meeting
    25. 25. application
    26. 26. interview
    27. 27. study of the home and family members
    28. 28. criminal background checks
    29. 29. health and driving record reviewed
    30. 30. trainings</li></li></ul><li>What can a foster <br />parent expect?<br /><ul><li>On-going monthly trainings
    31. 31. Weekly home visits by staff (announced and unannounced)
    32. 32. Twenty-fourhour emergency support
    33. 33. Financial support
    34. 34. Annual evaluation</li></li></ul><li>Intake & Matching<br />DCFS referral<br />Team matches youth withfoster home<br />Foster parent reads files on youth<br />Foster parent meets with youth and youth’s worker <br />Transition plan and date of placement is established<br />
    35. 35. Assessment & Planning<br /><ul><li>Risk assessment
    36. 36. Integrated assessment
    37. 37. Treatment/service plan</li></ul>Completed within 30 days of admission and is a computerized system with a strengths-based focus<br />
    38. 38. What we do<br />Staff build relationships and the following services to the youth, their foster and biological families<br /><ul><li>Case management (plans and arranges services)
    39. 39. Therapy
    40. 40. Educational monitoring/tutoring
    41. 41. Basic life skills building
    42. 42. Employment- and housing-seeking assistance
    43. 43. Parenting training/coaching
    44. 44. Recreational activities
    45. 45. Medication monitoring and nursing services</li></li></ul><li>Goals<br /><ul><li>A safe home (safety)
    46. 46. To remain in that home (stability)
    47. 47. An on-going connection (permanency)
    48. 48. Quality of life (well-being)</li></li></ul><li>Cassandra Rogers-Lampkin<br />Director of Community Services, Kaleidoscope<br />Systems of Care<br />(SOC)<br />
    49. 49. Overview<br /><ul><li>Stabilizechildren whose placements are atrisk
    50. 50. 27 SOC agencies across Illinois; SOC providers each cover a specific geographic area in the state.
    51. 51. Kaleidoscope covers 4½ areas in over 25 neighborhoods
    52. 52. SOC providers deliver and coordinate services</li></li></ul><li>Eligibility<br /><ul><li>A child living in a foster home with a relative
    53. 53. A child who is or has experienced significant traumatic events in life
    54. 54. A child who has behavior or emotional problems and the child is displaying risk behaviors
    55. 55. The foster parent is struggling to meet the needs of the child
    56. 56. There is a risk of having the child removed from the home</li></li></ul><li>Referral Process<br /><ul><li>Caseworker makes the referral
    57. 57. SOC and caseworker discuss the presenting issues to determine eligibility
    58. 58. If eligible, SOC admits child and schedules an initial home visit within 5 days
    59. 59. SOC meets with child, foster parent and caseworker in the home to begin assessment and provide services</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>The team works with the whole family and other professional involved with the child
    60. 60. Foster parents usually know the child the best
    61. 61. The caseworker provides valuable information to SOC – helps understand the child’s trauma history, risk behaviors and emotional issues and behaviors</li></li></ul><li>Important Timelines<br /><ul><li>Initial home visit within 5 working days of admission
    62. 62. Child and family team meeting occurs and strengths-based treatment plan is developed within 30 days
    63. 63. SOC meets with child and foster parent at least twice per month in the home</li></li></ul><li>Strengths-based Assessment<br /><ul><li>SOC uses the “Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths” (CANS) assessment tool, which is used statewide
    64. 64. Identifies existing and potential strengths of the child and placement
    65. 65. Identifies existing needs of the child and placement</li></li></ul><li>Identifying Strengths<br /><ul><li>Does the child have any hobbies or participate in activities?
    66. 66. Does the child have natural talents (e.g., musical, artistic or athletic)?
    67. 67. Where does the child find a sense of importance or belonging?
    68. 68. What skills does the child have (e.g., work, study, sports or cooking)?
    69. 69. How well does the child get along with other children? With adults?</li></li></ul><li>Child & Family Team<br /><ul><li>The foster parent, child, caseworker and provider
    70. 70. May also include other providers, concerned family members or concerned persons from the community (e.g., juvenile justice or education)
    71. 71. Work together to develop a treatment plan for the child
    72. 72. Team members:
    73. 73. Help identify important issues of concern in the child’s life
    74. 74. Help the SOC provider understand what supports are wanted and needed right now</li></li></ul><li>Individual Plan of Care<br /><ul><li>Identifies child and foster parent strengths and needs
    75. 75. Focuses on describing how child strengths will be used to address the needs
    76. 76. Establishes who is responsible for providing services and how the services will be paid for
    77. 77. Team Members:
    78. 78. Actively participate in developing the plan
    79. 79. Take the lead in one or more areas (i.e., school, recreational, etc.) of the plan</li></li></ul><li>Scope of Services<br /><ul><li>SOC does not replace the caseworker; the goal is to bring everyone in the child’s life together to develop a plan
    80. 80. SOC services focus on stabilizing the placement
    81. 81. SOC can provide services directly, identify a community resource or pay for specialized services when necessary</li></li></ul><li>Discharge Process<br /><ul><li>SOC services vary in length - 1 month up to 12 months
    82. 82. SOC will work with the caseworker, child and foster family to identify ongoing community supports
    83. 83. Child and family team meets at time of discharge to review SOC services and agree on discharge plan</li></li></ul><li>Renee Lehocky, LCSW<br />Director of Transitional Services, Kaleidoscope<br />Transitional Living Services<br />(Youth 18-21)<br />
    84. 84. The benefits of extending <br />care beyond age 18<br /><ul><li>Compelling evidence that foster children who stay in care beyond the age of 18 fare better than those leaving care at age 18
    85. 85. They fare better in education, employment, they avoid the criminal system and are less likely to become homeless
    86. 86. 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)</li></li></ul><li>Important milestones of<br />Illinois youth<br />Age 18<br /><ul><li> State’s legal age of majority
    87. 87. Youth provides own consent for medical care
    88. 88. DCFS placements and services may continue</li></ul>Age 19<br /><ul><li> Court must find that continued care is in youth's best interest in order for jurisdiction to continue</li></ul>Age 21<br /><ul><li> End of juvenile court jurisdiction</li></ul>Age 23<br /><ul><li> End of any residual educational assistance through Department of Children and Family Services</li></li></ul><li>Independent Living Program<br />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.<br />To be eligible, youth must:<br /><ul><li> be 19 years old
    89. 89. have graduated from high school/have a GED
    90. 90. have demonstrated capacity to live independently
    91. 91. have history/desire to be gainfully employed
    92. 92. be employed/enrolled in higher education program</li></li></ul><li>Independent Living Program<br /><ul><li>Assessment of youth’s strengths and needs to determine treatment planning
    93. 93. Tailored services to meet individual needs
    94. 94. Youth is key in development of treatment plan
    95. 95. Child and family team meetings to review goals
    96. 96. Focus on discharge planning to reach goals</li></li></ul><li>Youth Development Program<br /><ul><li>Educational programming
    97. 97. Employment services
    98. 98. Financial assistance/counseling
    99. 99. Housekeeping skills
    100. 100. Obtain a driver’s license
    101. 101. Food assistance
    102. 102. Therapy
    103. 103. Financial bonus for employment and education </li></li></ul><li>Outcomes measured<br /><ul><li>Education
    104. 104. Employment
    105. 105. Financial self-sufficiency
    106. 106. Placement stability
    107. 107. Engagement in healthy living practices/behaviors</li></li></ul><li>Transition to Adult Services Program (TAS)<br /><ul><li>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.
    108. 108. 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.
    109. 109. TAS is currently working with about 250 wards.</li></li></ul><li>Abbie See<br />Development Associate, Kaleidoscope<br />Find Your Future<br />(College Youth 18-21)<br />
    110. 110.
    111. 111. Participating Employers<br />
    112. 112. History<br /><ul><li>Partnership between Kaleidoscope and DCFS
    113. 113. Began in 2005
    114. 114. Giving opportunities to past & current DCFS Youth</li></li></ul><li>Eligibility<br /><ul><li>Involvement with DCFS
    115. 115. Full-time college students
    116. 116. Minimum 2.5 GPA
    117. 117. Application, resume, letter of recommendation, transcripts</li></li></ul><li>Interns & Employers<br />Interns<br /><ul><li>Colleges
    118. 118. Freshmen-Seniors
    119. 119. Areas of study</li></ul>Employers<br /><ul><li>Past employers & prospects
    120. 120. Who are they?
    121. 121. Commitment </li></li></ul><li>Networking/Learning Opportunities<br /><ul><li>Orientation
    122. 122. Etiquette training
    123. 123. Cultural experience
    124. 124. Volunteer experience
    125. 125. Resume workshop
    126. 126. Closing Luncheon</li></li></ul><li>Thank you!<br />

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