What is Wraparound & Family Team Conferencing (FTC)
Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to help children and their families realize their hopes and dreams, and meet their family goals. This enables families to be free of child welfare and other systems involvement, and increase their skills in navigating community resources. Rather than a “one size fits all” program, the wraparound model is driven by specific family needs. The steps below outline Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing in more detail:
The Wraparound process is a planning process that brings people together from different parts of the whole family’s life. With help from a Coordinator, people within the family’s life work together, coordinate their activities, and blend their perspectives of the family’s situation in order to create desired change and help strengthen children, families, and communities. The family decides how often they would like to schedule their FTC meetings, as often as weekly, or as infrequently as every six weeks. Life circumstances will occur outside of the FTC and the family might decide they want to call a FTC. The family and team members can determine, at any time that a FTC needs to be convened to discuss new circumstances or information that warrants additional planning.
10 Principles of the Wraparound Process
How is Wraparound and Family Team Conference approach different?
- It is based on the strengths of you, your family, and your community.
- It is something your family does; it is not something you are told to do.
- It is a team effort with you, your child, service providers and other people or supports that are important to you.
- It is a process that respects who you are and focuses on what you need.
- It is a process where every team member decides to never give up and provides the care, support and commitment necessary to bring about success.
- It values the importance of social networks or “natural supports.”
- Wraparound celebrates success and sets realistic goals.