Workshop Sessions II, Session A2: Supporting Providers with Their Journey to Implementing Permanency Practices
Mary Stone Smith, MA, Vice President, Family Behavioral Health System, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (WA)
Darla Henry, PhD, MSW, MRS, President and Developer of the 3-5-7 Model, Darla L. Henry and Associates, Inc. (PA);
Eko Canillas, EdD, Program Manager, RISE, Children, Youth and Family Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center (CA)
Ebony Porter, Youth Advocate, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, (CA)
This session will highlight key strategies and resources that can be used by residential and community programs, as well as by oversight agencies and managed care companies, to minimize trauma for youth and increase permanency. The DREAMER (Determined, Responsible, and Empowered Adolescents Mentoring Relationships) Project and RISE (Recognize Intervene Support Empower) are part of federally funded grant programs focused on permanency practices. The DREAMER Project developed a unique, seven-component trauma-informed service approach aimed at helping youth in foster care develop positive, healthy, and supportive relationships with family and other supportive adults. The evidence informed 3-5-7 permanency casework model will be highlighted, supporting attendees with increasing their understanding of how to implement effective permanency practices. The RISE initiative focuses on decreasing long term foster care, inclusive of residential, for youth and increasing permanency. The RISE initiative interventions were designed to provide children and youth who are LGTBQ, and their parents, caregivers, and child welfare professionals, with the support and education needed to nurture durable lifelong connections. A former youth will share her experiences and recommendations. Attendees will leave this session with strategies, tools and resources that they can take back to their programs and communities to implement and strengthen permanency practices.