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Family Centered PracticeFamily Centered Practice came about as a result of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA), the Rhode Island Governor's Commission Study of 1999, DCYF's Mission/Vision, and the 2000 Rhode Island Child and Family Service Review pilot. The family-centered practice initiative amounts to a "culture change" for the agency, one that participants to this initiative hope will have far reaching results not only in terms of measurable outcomes for families, but also in terms of professional satisfaction and development for staff. Attention has to be paid to specific, explicit, and sustainable strategies for addressing the long-term practice implications of the transition to a family centered framework. Full disclosure, one family centered principal, enables workers to be up-front with client families about ASFA and the reality of involvement with DCYF. Family Centered Practice also strives for case plan development using concurrent planning. Most importantly, Family Centered Practice promotes safety, permanency, and well being for children and encourages communication and collaboration amongst all important parties in a child's life.
For more information on Family Centered Practice, contact:Tonya Glantz, MSW
Family Centered Practice Coordinator