Strengthening Families Tools

Strengthening Families Tools

Tools to Support Strengthening Families Implementation Materials Describing the Strengthening Families Approach and the Protective Factors The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework:

Branching Out and Reaching Deeper A synthesis of the ideas and research that further informs the Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengtheningfamilies/about/ the-research-behind-strengthening-families Research briefs about the protective factors

http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families/ 2013/SF_All-5-Protective-Factors.pdf Core meanings of the protective factors Distills the information from the research briefs Concrete definition of each protective factor http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families/2013/

Core-Meanings-of-the-SF-Protective-Factors.pdf Core slides about the protective factors http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families/ 2014/SFProtectiveFactorsExpanded.pptx The Toolkit for child welfare practitioners Scripted Curriculum Practice tools for workers

Supervisors coaching tool Resources for families The Scripted Curriculum Eight Modules: 1. Introduction to CSSPs Protective and Promotive Factors Frameworks 2. Understanding the Strengthening Families Protective Factors 3. Youth Thrive 4. Trauma and Brain Development 5. Making Small But Significant Changes in Child Welfare Practice 6. Taking a Community Approach to Strengthening Families

7. The Research Behind Strengthening Families 8. Tools for Implementation Tools to support small but significant shifts in child welfare practice Engaging Monitoring and Case Closure

Assessing Skills, Tools, Processes, Resources Decision Making Intervening

Planning Practice Tools For Child Welfare Workers Engaging Simple Activities to do with Families to Build Protective Factors Assessing Understanding Family Protective FactorsWhat to Ask and What to Look For

Decision Making Applying Strengthening Families in Teaming Practice Tools For Child Welfare Workers Planning Intervening

Monitoring / Closure Using Protective Factors to Develop Objectives and Activities for Case Plans Building Protective Factors in Case Work Visits Using Protective Factors as a Lens to Monitor Progress toward Case Closure Supervisors Coaching Tool

Integrated tool for both Strengthening Families and Youth Thrive General Coaching worksheet

For each protective factor Worker skills What to look for in the case plan and ongoing activities with families and youth

Suggested coaching activities Resources for Families Booklet for families Family friendly descriptions of the protective factors

Protective Factors Tune-up Activities for parents Caf Tools (Described later)

Protective Factors Guide for Kinship Caregivers and Resource Families Understanding how trauma and stress impacts children Using protective factors to help you provide nurturing care

The Strengthening Families SelfAssessments for Child- and Family-Serving Programs About the Self-Assessments Key implementation tool for programs adopting a Strengthening Families approach Helps programs identify small but significant changes that enhance their ability to build protective factors Created based on a national study of exemplary practice Designed to be used flexibly and to lead you to a concrete

action plan Helps programs identify strengths & areas to focus Not an evaluation tool but a tool for continuous improvement Four versions for different types of programs Organized around protective factors and the everyday actions that help families build them

Five Protective Factor Sections + Special Circumstances Sections Online Strengthening Families Data System

Strengthening Families Evaluation Portal http:// www.strengtheningfamiliesevaluation.com Registration Self-Assessments Action Planning Parent & Staff Surveys Reports

Parent and Staff Surveys PARENT SURVEY (Protective Factors Survey) Measures changes in parental protective factors Developed by the FRIENDS National Resource Center and the University of Kansas Four national field tests to

establish reliability and validity STAFF SURVEY Looks at changes in staff attitudes, behaviors and skills Developed by a collaborative team from 7 stateswith review and input from evaluators in 3

states Has not been extensively tested Tools to Measure Protective Factors Parents Assessment of Protective Factors Individualized, strengths-based measure to assess the presence,

strength and growth of parents self-reported beliefs, feelings and behaviors that are regarded as indicators of the Strengthening Families protective factors 36 statements; parent indicates the degree to which the statement is like the parent or what the parent believes Intended for parents of young children from birth to 8 years old Developed through the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood; released by CSSP in 2014 Parents Assessment of Protective Factors

The Parents Assessment of Protective Factors yields valid and reliable results that can be used to: a) prompt specific shared conversations with a parent about building or reinforcing their protective factors; b) engage a parent as a partner in developing and implementing a service plan; and c) mobilize a parents resources to meet their unique, individualized needs in order to strengthen the parents capabilities and provide a family environment that promotes optimal child development and reduces the likelihood of negative child and family outcomes.

The Protective Factors Survey (PFS) An evidence-based, (reliability and validity tested) 20-item caregiver-completed tool used to help measure changes in family protective factors. Provides feedback to agencies for continuous improvement and evaluation purposes. It is not intended for individual assessment, placement or diagnostic purposes. Agencies should rely on other instruments for clinical use. Developed through a partnership with FRIENDS and The University of Kansas with input from multiple experts in the field, parent leaders, prevention workers and hundreds of families. Being widely used in states across the country.

http://friendsnrc.org/protective-factors-survey When PFS scores were high Positive correlations Negative Correlations Effective coping was high

Child abuse and neglect potential was low Physical and emotional health was good Stress was low Positive emotions were high Depression was low

Optimism was high Negative emotions were low Pessimism was low Online Training Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work Online training to support 7 courses,

implementation of the each about Strengthening Families 2 hours in length Protective Factors Framework o Introduction to the Framework (also useful as a stand-alone in multiple settings orientation) Systems may use for o A course on each of the 5 awarding CEUs, credit

Protective Factors Free of charge o A wrap-up course that moves users from knowledge to action Find at www.ctfalliance.org/onlinetraining Contact [email protected] Caf Conversations Taking a Parent-to-Parent Approach: Parent Caf and Community Caf

Reframing protective factors using parent friendly language Using a World Caf Approach to build a comfortable, parent-led space Tying to a larger parent leadership and engagement infrastructure Harvesting to inform systems and structures The basis: World Caf A method for engaging people in conversations that matter

Includes a set of design principles and a basic strategy for engaging people in small-group conversations Cafs designed for parents to build protective factors are just one of many ways the World Caf method has been adapted and used around the world For more: http://www.theworldcafe.com/about.html Parent Caf Developed by parent leaders as part of Strengthening FamiliesIllinois in 2007, and is now housed with Be Strong Families Provide a safe, non-judgmental opportunity for parents and caregivers to: build their protective factors, talk about what it

means to keep their children safe and families strong and build parent leadership Parent Caf training, a fidelity framework, Parent Caf in a Box and evaluation tools are available from Be Strong Families at http ://www.bestrongfamilies.net/build-protective-factors/parent-cafe s/ Community Caf Developed by parent volunteers in Washington State and is now supported by a volunteer Community Caf Leadership Team

Designed to respond to community needs and concerns as well as reflect the local community culture Caf questions may or may not directly address the protective factors, but hosts use the Protective Factors Framework as a guiding framework Through Community Cafs, parents and caregivers build their leadership, resilience, social connections and other protective factors Leadership Team offers an online orientation kit as well as orientation and guidance at http://thecommunitycafe.com/ Caf overview and fidelity checklist

http:// www.cssp.org/reform/strengtheningfamilies/practi ce/body/CAFE-OVERVIEW-2015.pdf https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-the-Study-of-Social-Policy https://twitter.com/CtrSocialPolicy www.cssp.org www.strengtheningfamilies.net

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