The Importance of Family Teams and How They Will Assist Families, Youth, and Children in the 16th Judicial District

By Michael Seider, Implementation Specialist, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services/16th Judicial District; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The importance of family teams is obvious to many in the child welfare field. As a result, the Department of Children and Family Services plans to introduce the practice of using meetings in which families engage their teams as I engaged my surgery team to develop plans of action and make decisions to resolve crises and challenges that have brought the families to the department's attention.  In July, child welfare professionals from the parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary received training on how to assist families to identify and activate their family teams. DCFS child welfare professionals also practiced the skills of preparing team members for participation in meetings and facilitating meetings of family teams that produce solution focused plans or decisions that are:

  • family-driven and youth-guided
  • strengths-based and individualized
  • home and community based
  • connected to natural helping networks
  • culturally and linguistically competent (Louisiana’s Coordinated System of Care Values and Principles)

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