The Children’s Service Worker may serve as facilitator for team meetings. A Family Support Team meeting is a vehicle for family engagement. The Family Support Team Template, FST-3, is used to improve engagement, to document what occurs during the FST, and to keep the meeting on track. The FST-3 will be used for all subsequent family support team meetings. The FST-3 shall be used as a guide to facilitate Family Support Team meetings. Taking notes on the form should be at the supervisor’s discretion. This form also serves as a confidentiality statement and a sign in sheet for Family Support Team Meetings. It also documents participant’s agreement regarding confidentiality as well as their agreement with the Written Service Agreement developed during the meeting. The FST-3 should be filed in the Assessment and Services section of the case record.
- Introduce team members and their individual role and responsibility and why they are members of the team.
- Clarify the purpose of the meeting – permanency for the child(ren). Determination of what needs to be accomplished before the child(ren) can return home. When applicable, determine what needs to accomplished to provide a permanent placement for sibling groups.
- Present the ground rules. The meeting is informal with everyone having equal voice and opportunity to voice their views and:
- No idea is a bad idea.
- Ideas should not be judged.
- Team should consider needs not pathology.
- Should consider all possibilities not just traditional services known to be available.
- Ideas should be driven by goals, not limited by available resources.
- Present the family’s strengths. Not all of the team members will be as knowledgeable about the family as the Children’s Service Worker.
- Normalize behavior. Help the team to think about what all families need in each of life’s domains, i.e., safety, behavioral/psychiatric, home/residence, education, social/recreational, spiritual, medical, legal, and financial and advocacy.
- Identify needs. The Children’s Service Worker will need to use skill in translating problems as needs for some team members.
- Prioritize needs. Begin with the most critical needs. It is important that the parent agrees with the priority of an identified need.
- Develop the plan. The Children’s Service Worker should check often with the family and other team members to assure they are invested in the plan.
- Youth engagement in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural, and social activities and exploration of additional opportunities of this nature are discussed in the development of the plan
Chapter Memoranda History: (prior to 1/31/07)
- CS03-51, CD04-79, CD05-68, CD05-72, CD06-07, CD06-16, CD06-47, CD06-50, CD06-58, CD06-63, CD06-75, CD06-81