Wraparound

Partnerships for Well-Being Institute Opens Up Dialogue to Cultivate a Trauma-Informed System of Care

By listening and learning from others’ experiences, creating a trauma-informed system of care becomes more attainable in a way that strengthens the voice of the child, youth and family. Hosted by UC Davis Human Services, the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute provided a valuable opportunity for providers and professionals serving children and families to share perspectives. More than 620 people attended the conference, including practitioners in child welfare, behavioral health, early childhood, education and probation as well as other specialists serving children and families.

Motivational Interviewing: An Overview

Healthy behavior is linked to improved well-being for individuals, families and communities.  The challenge of addressing unhealthy behavior can be complex and often depends on sustained behavior change at the individual level. Motivational Interviewing is a counseling approach that can help people identify their feelings about behavior change, resolve inconsistencies with how they feel about making behavior change(s), and then make a plan to follow and update as needed.

A Personal Journey to a Career of Supporting Families

By Kat Baysmore, Lead Parent Partner, Olive Crest

My name is Katherine Baysmore, but my friends, peers and clients call me Kat. I have three amazing children. My youngest has special needs, and I can say he has taught me the most about advocacy, patience and understanding needs without spoken words.

From the Director: A New Experience of Resiliency

By Nancy Hafer, M.S., Director, Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice. It will not surprise anyone given the last 18 months, that we landed on the theme of Resilience for this issue of our newsletter. Over the years, the Wraparound field has, of course, long tapped into resiliency and the building of resilience within our families and our workforce. And, over this pandemic year, I believe we all had “a new experience of resiliency,” digging deep to persevere… and just get through it. In This eNewsleeter issue highlights some key research and thinking around this topic. And as we come out of the pandemic, we have the opportunity to reflect on what got us through.

Beyond Trauma: ACES

Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith, Resiliency research pioneers, define Resilience as “In the context of exposure to significant adversity, whether psychological, environmental or both, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to health-sustaining resources, including opportunities to experience feelings of wellbeing, and a condition of the individual’s family, community and culture to provide these health resources and experience in culturally meaningful ways" (Ungar, 2008).

Reflections on Becoming a Parent Partner

How my personal experience became an opportunity to observe, validate, educate and reduce disparities within our communities

By Danielle Martinez, Parent Partner, San Diego Center for Children, Wrap Works

When my son was young and in the process of being diagnosed, I was trying to figure out what to do to help my son and keep him in public school. I had questions like “What does this diagnosis mean? And will he be ok?”

Partnerships for Well-Being Institute—A Virtual Success

Despite the challenges that COVID-19 brought, the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute successfully wrapped up its final day as a virtual conference on June 3, 2021. Though it was initially scheduled as a three-day in-person conference in June 2020, UC Davis Human Services quickly pivoted and revamped it into a three-part series of one-day virtual conferences in June 2020, December 2020 and June 2021. More than 1,600 people attended at least one of the virtual Institutes, breaking the record for attendance at any past conference.

Upcoming Webinar: Wraparound Program Comprehensive Claiming Instructions

Webinar Date and time: Wednesday July 7, 2021, 1:00- 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the California Department of Social Services and the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice at UC Davis Human Services, this free webinar will walk participants through County Fiscal Letter (CFL) 20/21-94 entitled Updated Comprehensive Claiming Instructions for the Wraparound Program. Content to be covered includes claiming Wraparound expenses via the County Expense Claim (CEC) and County Assistance Claim (CA-800) processes.

Partnerships for Well-Being Institute Awardees Honored

On June 3, 2021, the Partnerships for Well-Being Institute honored individuals and organizations who embody the Integrated Core Practice Model and are making a profound impact on the lives of children and families in California. We are pleased to announce the 20/21 award winners and share their nomination videos.

Parent Partners Award Winners 
Cheryl Barrett - Contra Costa County, Children and Family Services
James Thyssen - Stanford Sierra Youth and Families

Announcing the New California Wraparound Steering Committee

In various contexts, we all heard, and may have even experienced, the proverb “It takes a village…”. I can’t think of a child and family serving community that embodies this sentiment more that California Wraparound. It takes a village to heal and uplift the children and families we serve, and likewise, it takes a village to support our Wraparound community.

Summary: Recommendations for High Fidelity Wraparound Services in California

 In the Spring of 2019 the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice, in partnership with the California Department of Social Services, completed a national review of High-Fidelity Wraparound Service practices across the United States and published results in the document “Recommendation for HF Wraparound Services in California,” reviewing key findings of this project.

A Parent Café

Hi! We are Yolanda King and Jeannette Thomas and we are Parent Partners with Aspiranet Wraparound. We have been Parent Partners for almost 9 years and would like to tell you about our Parent Café.  We have been doing Parent Café at our office for the past year following training on implementation for our families.

From Foster Youth to Wraparound Clients to Youth Partners: A Journey of Sisters

Our names are Kristin and Daisy, and we began to receive services from Wraparound at the ages of 17 and 15 years old. Wraparound had a big impact in our lives, and we hope that sharing our experience with others will shed light on the great resources and services this program offers. Before our family was introduced to Wraparound services, we were both placed in foster care, resulting in constant placement changes. After a year of moving from home to home, we both were granted to go and live with our older sister Enedina.

In Recognition of a Wraparound Champion: Lynne Jones

When the International Association of Social Workers developed the following definition for social workers, we think they had our own Lynne Jones in mind.

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.”

Hub Happenin’s

The California Wraparound Hubs are regional groups that share information, collaborative practices, and discuss topics relevant to Wraparound. There are currently three Hubs: Northern, Southern and Central. The Hubs meet quarterly, in person and via virtual platform. They are hosted by local Wraparound providers and the meeting locations regularly change. Each Hub sets its own agenda, typically providing significant time for county updates, sharing and networking, as well as inviting members to provide more in-depth presentations on relevant topics.

From the Director: Reflecting on the Words of Wraparound

By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, UC Davis Human Services Hello and welcome to our first newsletter in 2020! As 2019 was coming to a close, I spoke with many people about Wraparound and our work in the coming year at UC Davis. During my conversations and with further study on Wraparound services, one word seemed to keep surfacing and that was collaboration.

“We Are Not Giving Up!”

That’s what Kristen, then a foster mom, told the social worker about Katie when things in the home seemed overwhelming. Katie, now 5 ½, came to them after others couldn’t manage or meet her needs, but Kristen’s family made a commitment to make things work. But they soon realized they needed help.

The Rewards of Being a Parent Partner

By Sarah Castro-Grubb, Parent Partner, Victor Community Support Services- Barstow Being a parent partner has many different meanings to so many people… A parent partner takes pride in the service they provide, advocates for others, serves as a voice of reason and a confidant for families, and, most often, they are survivors themselves.

The Neuroscience of Wraparound

The Neuroscience of Wraparound: Seeing Collaboration and Collective Intelligence through the Lens of Brain Science - A White Paper Written by Laurie A. Ellington

Hub Happenin’s

The Hubs have been active the past several months! Below we provide updates on the key focus areas of the Hub meetings and provide general updates. If you would like more detailed meeting minutes from a specific Hub meeting please email Nancy Hafer nshafer@ucdavis.edu, or the chairs of each Hub:

Director's Column: The Constant of Change

By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, Human Services

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, wisely said, “Change is the only constant in life.” And, as many of you are aware, change is something the Resource Center for Family-Focused practice has embraced in the last few months. We are proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer, and in honor of that, we renew our commitment to Wraparound and its 10 principles.  

Family Story: "You are Enough!"

Those words resonate strongly with Brenda.

She first heard them from her Wraparound parent partner on a day she felt like giving up. "It made an impact on me to hear that," Brenda said. She reminds herself of it often, especially when she feels overwhelmed.

"Wraparound saved my marriage," Brenda said. "It gave David and me the support and confidence we needed. I am so proud that we stuck with it through everything that’s happened!"

What is ASIST?

The Active Supportive Intervention Services for Transition (ASIST) program is a short-term intervention designed to provide targeted transition and specialized permanency support for youth in transition from group homes to a family-based setting.

Hub Happenin’s

The Hubs have been active the past several months! Below we provide updates on the key focus areas of the Hub meetings and provide general updates. As those of you who attend the Hub can attest, the Hub is a wonderful place to connect with colleagues and share the ups and downs of Wraparound work.

While every participant shares agency updates, this newsletter will only share updates that have regional impact.