July 01, 2012

Family Engagement Resources

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Family Finding and Engagement Models

Seneca Center

Family Finding: Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Child Welfare Populations?”  Child Trends Research Brief, October 2011.

Louisell, Mardith J. Six Steps to Find a Family: A Practice Guide to Family Search and Engagement. National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Permanency Planning & California Permanency for Youth Project.

California Permanency for Youth Project (CPYP) Resources   

Six Steps for Family Finding, Evaluation step

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC)

EMQ Families First

“Lighting the Fire of Urgency: Families Lost and Found in America’s Child Welfare System.”  Permanency Planning Today (Newsletter of the National Resource Center for Foster Care & Permanency Planning at Hunter College of Social Work), Fall 2003.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Youth and Family Engagement Tools

“Unpacking the No” Power Point presentation

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, Youth Permanency Resources

Lewis, Bob and Maureen Heffernan. Families for Teens, October, 2004, http://www.thetoolkit.org/, www.rglewis.com

Lewis, Bob. Engaging Youth and Those Around Them in the Process of Permanency

Connectedness Map Training-PPT, available at www.senecacenter.org/familyconnectedness

For more information,  send an e-mail to: familyfinding@senecacenter.org

NCJFCJ Webinar Series on Fostering Connections, “Finding Family, Finding Home.”  

Mobility Mapping.  Description: a tool used with youth to gain information that otherwise might be missed in a more standard one on one interview or discussion format.  Drawing has shown to stimulate youth’s memory, increasing their recollection of significant relationships, past addresses, nicknames, places frequently visited and favorite memories.

See: Bridget DeLay, MSW. Mobility Mapping and Flow Diagrams: Tools for Tracing and Social Reintegration work with Separated Children. http://www.crin.org/docs/Mobility%20Mapping%20and%20Flow%20Diagrams.pdf

For more information and resources contact drosen@hillside.com or familyfinding@senecacenter.org

Henry, Darla. The 3-5-7 Model: Preparing Children for Permanency, Child and Youth Services Review 27, 2005, 197-212.  

Damiano, J., Family Design Resources

Trauma, Loss and Attachment for Foster Youth

Barish, Noah, “Using the Harm of Removal and Placement to Advocate for Parents.” Juvenile Law Resource Center, Juvenile Rights Project, Issue Brief; January 7, 2010.

Fahlberg, Vera I., M.D. A Child’s Journey through Placement. Jessica Kingsely Publishers, 2012, 22-23.   

National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit Module 2, 2008.  

Henry, D. and G. Manning. Integrating Child Welfare and Mental Health Practices: Actualizing Youth Permanency Using the 3-5-7 Model. In American Humane Association. “Love and Belonging for a Lifetime.” Youth Permanency in Child Welfare, 2011, Protecting Children, Youth Permanency in Child Welfare 26(1), 2011. 

Fostering Connections

ABA Center on Children and the Law, National Center for State Courts and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351), 2011. 

Fostering Connections Kinship Toolkit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau

Wentz, Rose & Kelly Lynn Beck. Fostering Connections through Family Finding and Engagement: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities - Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles

Relatives – Defined

Relatives defined by state: http://www.childwelfare.gov/permanency/relatives.cfm

Fostering Connections Organization. New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers About the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 

Relative Search Tools

Seneca Center Search Services

Fee Based Sites: Accurint, http://www.accurint.com/, and Intelius 

Free Sites: 411.com, zabasearch.com/, Facebook.com

Outcomes for Youth without Permanency

Emancipated Youth Connections Project, Final Report/Toolkit, 2008. 

Connected by 25: Effective Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth

O’Brien, Pat. “Unconditional Commitment. You Gotta Believe.

Social Capital: Building Quality Networks for Young People in Foster Care, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Issue Brief #2.

Sibling Connections

Wentz, Rose. “Suggestions for Improving Sibling Connections.”  

“Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption.” Child Welfare Information Gateway: A Bulletin for Professionals, December 2006. 


National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections Fatherhood Resources 


Indian Child Welfare Act,  

Right of notification - PL 95 608 Sec. 102(a), Sec. 103(a)). § 1912. Pending court proceedings; 25 U.S.C. §1903(4)

Disrupted Adoption

National Resource Center for Adoption 

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Adoption, Disruption and Dissolution Resources 

Judicial Leadership

Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, ABA Center on Children and the Law, 2011. 

National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges: 1) Resource Guidelines, 2) Judicial Leadership and Judicial Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, and 3) Building a Better Collaboration

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge Revisited, Hon. Leonard Edwards, Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Winter 2005.


Immigration Services

International Social Services has resources to find families in other countries and obtain home studies.

Incarcerated Parents

National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

The Greenbook Initiative

Child Welfare Information Gateway Domestic Violence Resources

Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence, Reno, NV: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence Department, 2008.

 Lund, Theresa Roe and Jennifer Renne. Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys. Washington, DC: ABA Center on Children and the Law, 2009.