High Fidelity Wraparound is based off 10 principles, within 4 phases, and with an emphasis on connection and belonging, within a reflective practice model.
HFWA is driven by 10 principles established by Vroon Vandenberg:
Team Based: Team members (natural and formal supports) are chosen by the youth/family to support them in brainstorming.
Natural Supports: The team should include people from the youth/family’s personal networks.
Collaboration: Team members work cooperatively and share responsibility for plans. The plan should be a blend of all the mandates at the table and move in the direction of the youth or family’s vision.
Community Based: Wraparound aims to be inclusive and accessible with options that will integrate the youth/family into their community.
Culturally Competent: The Wraparound process shows respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child, youth, or family.
Individualized: The needs addressed and options that youth/families have to choose from should reflect the individual.
Strengths Based: The Wraparound process identifies, builds, and utilizes family and youth strengths that will help the team/family to reach their vision and meet their needs.
Unconditional Care/Persistence: The team persists in working towards the goals identified. We believe that youth/families don’t fail; plans fail.
Outcome Based: Goals and strategies are reflected on to ensure that what the team is working on is going to have a lasting impact.
Vroon Vandenberg’s 4 Phases of Wraparound:
Engagement: A family or youth begin by meeting the facilitator and beginning to build a trusting relationship. Together they explore the family and youth culture, strengths, and needs. They talk about what has worked in the past and what to expect from Wraparound. The facilitator engages other team members and gathers as much information about the children, youth, and family as possible.
Plan Development: The team learns about the family and youth strengths, needs, culture and vision for the future. The team, with the family and youth, decide what will be worked on, what will be done, how it will be done, and who is responsible for what.
Implementation: Family and team members meet regularly. The team reviews accomplishments and progress towards goals and makes adjustments to the plans as necessary.
Transition: As the team nears its goals, preparations are made for the youth and family to transition out of formal Wraparound. The hope is that they will have the skills and plans to support them in their continued success with their family and community, without formal facilitation.
Connection and Belonging
Connection and Belonging through Seneca’s Family Finding:
To create a supportive network for children and youth who have been disconnected from their home, community, family and extended family, and to create a sense of connection, belonging, and permanence for them.
Urgency: urgently pursue relationships for lonely youth.
Expanded definition of permanency: a state of permanent belonging, which includes knowledge of personal history and identity, as well as a range of involved and supportive adults.
Effective relative search: identifying no fewer than 40 relatives or other meaningful connections for each youth to create a large group of people from which to form a smaller tight-knit, unconditionally committed team.
Family-driven processes: identifying the strengths and assets of each family member and facilitating processes through which families are able to effectively support the children.
Development of multiple plans: plans are developed and evaluated by family members to ensure that they are realistic, sustainable, and safe.
Well-defined and tactical procedures: progressing through discovery, engagement, planning, decision making, evaluation, and follow-up on supports.
Please see www.familyfinding.org for more information.