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.
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.
Tom Finnegan<br />Executive Director, Kaleidoscope<br />
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 />
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 />
Overview<br /><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li>Eligibility<br /><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li>Referral Process<br /><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li>Important Timelines<br /><ul><li>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</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
Identifies existing and potential strengths of the child and placement
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?
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?</li></li></ul><li>Child & Family Team<br /><ul><li>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
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
SOC services focus on stabilizing the placement
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
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</li></li></ul><li>Renee Lehocky, LCSW<br />Director of Transitional Services, Kaleidoscope<br />Transitional Living Services<br />(Youth 18-21)<br />
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
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)</li></li></ul><li>Important milestones of<br />Illinois youth<br />Age 18<br /><ul><li> State’s legal age of majority
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
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.
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.</li></li></ul><li>Abbie See<br />Development Associate, Kaleidoscope<br />Find Your Future<br />(College Youth 18-21)<br />