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How do I shift my staff towards family based care?

How do I shift my staff towards family based care?

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When an organization transitions, a key stakeholder to include in the process is the staff leading and managing the programs. With new programs and services, there will likely be new skills to learn and new roles to fill.

As organizations develop and strengthen their programs, they will likely need to invest in the social work capacity on staff. Supporting your staff to get equipped with the necessary skills and resources is essential to providing the best care possible.

New roles for staff

  • SOCIAL WORKERS
    Child welfare organizations need trained and qualified social workers to carry out effective case management. Consider having your social worker provide training and oversight for new para-social workers from within the organization or investing in professional training for staff that are switching over to social work. Case managers with reporting mechanisms are one way to ensure children in families remain safe and taken care of. Follow-up and monitoring of children in families is essential to the long-term well being of the child and family.
  • PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT
    When organizations start mending bonds between children and families, it requires expertise in counseling and family mediation. One way to improve your organization’s ability to intervene and care for families is to hire counselors and family therapists to best support families.
  • FAMILY STRENGTHENING STAFF
    Social workers, counselors, and therapists are all types of family strengthening staff concerned with the mental, emotional, and social well-being of the family. Alongside these roles, other family strengthening staff could be positions for staff concerned with the economic vulnerability of caretakers and households. Investing in the capacity of parents and caretakers, is one way to improve a family’s income and quality of life. If you are an organization working in health, part of your staffing may be nurses or physical therapists.
    Lastly, if you are a faith-based organization, you may want to include a role for someone to follow-up on the spiritual development of children and families. There are many ways for organizations to strengthen families, these are only a few.
  • STREET EDUCATORS AND OUTREACH STAFF
    For those who feel led to pursue outreach ministries with street-connected children, you will look to hire staff focused on street dwelling children and youth that are in need of a transitional rehabilitation center on their way to family.

Training opportunities and resources for staff

  • JOURNEYHOME
    Child welfare organizations need trained and qualified social workers. Consider having your social worker provide training and oversight for new para-social workers from within the organization or investing in professional training for staff that are switching over to social work. Click here to start e-learning.
  • FAITH TO ACTION TRANSITION MANUAL
    Many caregivers lovingly care for children in the children’s home with devotion. Such staff would be ideal for getting approved as foster and adoptive parents for children that are not able to safely reunify to their biological family.
  • FAITH TO ACTION TRANSITION TOOLKIT
    Many caregivers lovingly care for children in the children’s home with devotion. Such staff would be ideal for getting approved as foster and adoptive parents for children that are not able to safely reunify to their biological family. Click here to access transition toolkit.