Icebreaker Meetings: Building Relationships Between Birth and Foster Parents

Building working relationships between birth parents, foster parents, and caseworkers can be extremely important for foster children, and using Icebreaker meetings can be an effective mechanism for doing that. However, to be successful, an agency seeking to introduce Icebreakers must understand how the practice works. This Annie E. Casey Foundation publication is designed to: Give agencies an overview of Icebreaker meetings; describe a work group process for planning and implementing Icebreaker meetings; identify common barriers and roadblocks to successful implementation of Icebreaker meetings; identify implementation steps that are often overlooked or missed; share successes and examples of agencies using Icebreaker meetings; share samples of Icebreaker documents and materials developed by agencies from across the country; and, provide a self-assessment tool to guide planning and implementation. Also, see the Icebreaker Training Video produced to support the use of Icebreaker meetings by child welfare agencies. (2012)

http://www.aecf.org/OurWork/ChildWelfarePermanence/IcebreakerMeetings.aspx