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Private Organization Accreditation

Stillwater-based FamilyMeans provides services in budget and credit counseling, mental health, collaborative divorce, caregiver support, youth programming, and an employee assistance program. 
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Nicole Deprez-Garrity, M.Ed.

Volunteer Roles: Endorser, Lead Endorser

Nicole Deprez-Garrity is a lead After School Endorser based in Germany.
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Purpose

Children in Family Foster Care and Kinship Care live in safe, stable, nurturing, and often temporary family settings that best provide the continuity of care to preserve relationships, promote well-being, and ensure permanency.

FKC 16: Resource Family Training and Preparation

Resource families receive training and preparation to strengthen their capacity to care for children and support children’s families.

Interpretation: Training and other preparation activities should be structured to offer prospective resource parents exposure to real-life examples of caring for children that come into care, such as children that have experienced trauma and maltreatment and/or may exhibit emotional/behavioral challenges.

NA The organization provides informal Kinship Care Services only.

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Policy or procedure for required training for resource parents (including specific requirements for foster parents, treatment foster parents, and kinship caregivers, as applicable)
    • Table of contents of training curricula
    • Protocols for responding to emergencies
    • Training curricula
    • Training attendance records
    • Sample of emergency protocols from resource homes, if resource parents develop individualised plans
    • Materials that specify  pre- and in-service training requirements
    • Material provided to resource parents describing their rights and responsibilities
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Resource parents
    • Review resource parent records

  • FKC 16.01

    Resource parents receive the appropriate amount of pre-service and in-service training and support to demonstrate competency in:
    1. understanding the organization’s mission, philosophy, and service array;
    2. providing protection and promoting psychological safety to mediate the effects of trauma, maltreatment, separation, loss, and exploitation;
    3. meeting children’s developmental needs across life domains and supporting their identity development;
    4. promoting positive behavior and healing through coaching, nurturing, and positive discipline;
    5. supporting and facilitating children’s emotional, physical, and legal permanency; 
    6. supporting and facilitating family relationships, friendships, cultural ties, and community connections;
    7. managing the caregiver role, self-care, and the impact of fostering on the family;
    8. supporting family stability as a kinship caregiver, if appropriate; and
    9. collaborating with family team members and service providers.

    Update:

    • Added Interpretation - 10/31/17
      An interpretation was added to include training on the Indian Child Welfare Act. 

    Interpretation: Family Foster Care programs that work with kin and unrelated resource parents should make the effort to provide separate training for kinship caregivers in order to provide a space in which kinship caregivers can relate to each other and apply the training to their specific experiences of caring for their kin.  

    If resources do not allow for separate training the training facilitator should work to incorporate the experience of both groups into the training. Training facilitators can follow up with kinship caregivers about their concerns and the training experience, to ensure that their particular concerns can be addressed in the training or at another time by the staff working with their family. Some of the specific training and support needs of kin may relate to negotiating family dynamics, the experience of family trauma, managing boundaries, and disciplining traditions.

    Kinship Care Programs that are not required to provide a comprehensive competency-based training program can cover the identified topics during skill-building sessions in kinship caregiver support groups (see FKC 17.01). 

    Interpretation: With regards to element (f), training must include educating resource parents on the Indian Child Welfare Act, its impact on placement and permanency for American Indian and Alaska Native children, and the resource parents’ responsibilities for supporting the child’s cultural identity and facilitating connections to his or her tribe.

    Interpretation: Educating resource parents on sex trafficking is an important component to prevention, identification, and treatment.  Education should address how resource parents can support children through information on topics such as internet safety, how to respond when a child runs away, and developing healthy relationships.  Additionally, education for resource parents of trafficking victims should emphasize the issue of stigma associated with prostitution to help the family provide a healthy, nonjudgmental home environment, supportive of a successful reintegration.


  • FP
    FKC 16.02

    Resource parents receive pre-service training on rights and responsibilities including: 
    1. specific duties of resource parents; 
    2. identification and reporting of abuse and neglect; 
    3. reimbursement for services and compensation for damages caused by children placed in the home; 
    4. notice of and participation in any review or hearing regarding the child; 
    5. preventing allegations of maltreatment and procedures when allegations are made; 
    6. complaint procedures; and 
    7. circumstances that will result in revoking  a resource family license or certification.

    Research Note: Resource parents participating in a study of retention stated that the lack of reimbursement for some incurred expenses, including transportation, clothing, and recreational services, can impact resource parent turnover. Researchers recommend identifying and addressing concerns about the costs of providing resource family care during training.

    NA The organization provides Kinship Care Services only.


  • FP
    FKC 16.03

    Resource parents are: 
    1. trained in basic first aid; 
    2. trained in medication administration; 
    3. certified in CPR, when necessary; 
    4. trained in recognizing and responding to child behaviors that jeopardize health and well-being; and 
    5. trained in medical or rehabilitation interventions and operation of medical equipment required for a child’s care.

    Interpretation: Retraining should be provided at least every two years.

    Interpretation: CPR certification is required when treatment foster parents provide care to children with exceptional medical needs. In other cases, the organization should consult with the state to determine whether and under what circumstances it is necessary and appropriate for resource parents to be certified in CPR. If it is determined that CPR certification is not necessary, the organization should use the state’s guidance to develop a plan for how resource parents should respond in case of emergency. Appropriate responses may vary based on the geographic area that the organization serves.

    NA The organization provides Kinship Care Services only.


  • FP
    FKC 16.04

    Resource parents sign a statement indicating that for children placed in their care they agree to:
    1. identify and report abuse and neglect;
    2. employ positive discipline techniques; 
    3. refrain from using physical and degrading punishment; and
    4. ensure that others refrain from using physical and degrading punishment.

    Interpretation: In addition to providing training and support around positive discipline, organizations should help resource parents process their beliefs about discipline and proactively support their use of positive discipline techniques.

    NA The organization provides Kinship Care Services only.


  • FP
    FKC 16.05

    Resource families develop or use the organization’s protocols for responding to emergencies including accidents, run-away behavior, serious illness, fire, and natural and human-caused disasters.

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