Based on the nationally recognized Extreme Recruitment® program out of St. Louis, the goal of Restore is to connect older youth in foster care with kin within 16-24 weeks after a case is opened. Utilizing a team consisting of a private investigator and case manager who spearhead the search for kin is one of the unique aspects of this very successful program. Referrals are accepted from local child welfare organizations.
- To build a framework for child/youth in care in order to support the permanency process utilizing the DCF Permanency Teaming Model.
- To find and build a support network for young adults who are aging out of foster care and in need of social, emotional and instrumental supports in order to successfully transition into adulthood.
- To improve long term outcomes for children/youth in care by reconnecting youth/child with safe and appropriate relatives/kin/fictive kin and by matching youth/child with permanent resources for adoption/guardianship.
How Restore Works
- Case mining
- Diligent searches utilizing a private investigator
- Weekly Recruitment activities, including targeted, child-specific and general
- Case consultation/staffing meeting (1x – 30 – 60 minutes long)
- Weekly Progress meetings (30 minutes long)
- Trauma-Informed Psycho-education for both youth and any identified resources
- Permanency Teaming Meetings
- For all youth adoptive/guardianship resources are pursued
- Minimally increasing by 40 to 80, the number of relatives or kin identified on the youth’s genogram.
- All team members assigned tasks (the majority are assigned to program staff)
- To engage all other providers, as appropriate, in the process
- To participate in weekly progress meetings (30 minutes long)
- To lead all recruitment activities
- Be open minded
- Be present at case consultation meeting and any permanency teaming meetings that are held
- Participate, as needed in educational and clinical meetings
Criteria for Cases
- Child must be between ages 6 – 18 years old
Exceptions to this are allowed if the child meets ONE or more of the following criteria:
- The child is part of a sibling group being served
- The child has documented elevated medical or mental health needs
- The child has been legally free for adoption for six months with no permanent resource identified
- Legally free for adoption.
An exception may be made if ALL of the following criteria are met:
- Reunification is no longer the case plan
- The team may utilize either the child’s photo and/or a meaningful representation of the child’s interests/needs and a strengths-based profile for recruitment through print media, online resources, and on television, as appropriate.
- The child’s professional team agrees that Restore is in the child’s best interests.
- Child needs to have participated in consistent mental health treatment.
- Provider team must be willing to participate in the program.
- Casey Family Programs. (1998). Northwest foster care alumni study. Seattle, WA. p. 37
- Courtney, M.E., and Dworsky, A. (2005). Midwest evaluation of the adult functioning of former foster youth: Outcomes at age 19. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children. p. 22
- Pecora, P.J., Kessler, R.C., Williams, J., O’Brien, K., Downs, A.C., English, D., White, J., Hiripi, E., White, C.R., Wiggins, T., and Holmes, K. (2005). Improving family foster care: Findings from the Northwest foster care alumni study. Seattle, WA: Casey Family Programs. p. 1Courtney, M.E., Hook, J.L., and Lee, J.S. Distinct Subgroups of Former Foster Youth During the Transition to Adulthood: Implications for Policy and Practice. Chicago: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
- Pecora, P.J., et al. (see note #3)
- Pecora, P.J., et al. (see note #3)
- Courtney, M.E., Dworsky, A., Terao, S., Bost, N., Cusick, G.R., Keller, T., and Havlicek, J. (2005). Midwest evaluation of the adult functioning of former foster youth: Outcomes at age 19. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children. p. 61