Nurturing the Resiliency in Wayne County Families: Rethinking the Family Decision Making Model as Community Centered Child and Family Work: Final Report: Funding Recipient: Homes for Black Children.
Nurturing the Resiliency in Wayne County Families
Final Report Grant Product
This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded program designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of Family Group Decision Making as a best practice model in reducing the number of urban children who enter foster care as well as reduce foster care recidivism in n Wayne County, Michigan. The grant period was from September 2011 through September 2014. The project focused on African American families who were at risk of their child entering the foster care system or families who have had their children returned from foster care. Referrals were received from the Wayne County Department of Human Services, the Detroit Public School System, and Homes for Black Children’s Foster Care Department. The project sought to develop an individualized “Family Resiliency Plan” guided by each family to achieve its overall goal of improving child and family well-being through the use of four core evidenced based, culturally competent strategies which support and build upon the family’s own strengths: Family Group Decision Making, solution focused family counseling, parent advocate/mentor support, and a Family Well-Being Cluster. Results from an evaluation indicate 293 referrals were received and 222 families were served during the three year project period: 262 adults and 606 children. Of referrals served, 10 families later had protective service substantiation. It concludes the project was successful in meeting the overall objective of reducing the number of African American children at risk of entering the child welfare system in Wayne County Michigan.
high risk groups; african americans; urban environment; resilience; parent engagement; child protection; foster care; reentry; Family group conferencing