Neighbor to Family, Daytona Beach, FL

Neighbor to Family

Abstract: Sibling separation in foster care is one of the most serious problems facing the child welfare system. After being removed from the only home and parents they know, children are typically isolated from their siblings. Federal laws have been enacted to ensure that siblings are placed together, although not all agencies follow this practice. In 1994, in response to this critical issue, Gordon Johnson created a sibling foster care program in Chicago. Following great success, in 1998, the program was relocated to Florida where it is known as Neighbor To Family, Inc. The agency is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit community-based child welfare agency led by Gordon Johnson as president and CEO. The Sibling Foster Care Model is a child-centered, family-focused approach that provides a comprehensive array of services to children and their families. The engagement of biological parents and partnership with the agency’s professional foster caregivers results in a shorter length of stay in care and longevity for the family in the future. The agency, whose mission is to revolutionize foster care by building healthier families and stronger communities, is nationally acclaimed. It has continuously been accredited through the Council of Accreditation since 2005 and the Sibling Foster Care Model was rated as a “Promising Research Evidence” program by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare in 2012. The agency currently serves over 500 abused and neglected children in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina. This paper presents the principles of the model and key performance outcomes.

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