Aboriginal Family Planning Circle

Collaborative Planning Practices

collaborative planning practices

What is Collaborative Planning?

  • It is a strength based, future focused process.
  • It involves a neutral third party facilitator.
  • Welcomes family as “experts” in the planning.
  • Can include family and cultural traditions.
  • It creates transparency in planning and decision making.
  • Can improve working relationship between MCFD and family.

Research Shows…

  • “Family plans show a high level of direct and practical support from family members, demonstrating commitment to helping their own”
  • “FGCs successfully engage professionals with families in a way that reduces conflict between the two. SW report reduced conflict with families and increased service coordination after FGC’s. Families report feeling respected having influence in decisions and increased connection, unity and problem solving capacities.”

The voluntary practice tools that we offer:

Contact: Cheryl Weber Ext 116


Family Case Planning Conferences (FCPC)

What is Family Case Planning Conferences (FCPC):

  • FCPC can be a social worker driven process that addresses immediate concerns by  developing short term plans.
  • Families and / or supports may request an FCPC to help solve problems or create plans.
  • It is a 90 minute structured meeting.
  • Participants will leave with a written copy of next steps.

When would you use FCPC:

  • Access issues
  • Immediate safety plan
  • Transitions - new placement (foster care or family), return home, new social worker
  • Communication breakdown
  • Moving forward - next steps

Family Group Conference Map

Introductions and Welcome

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Purpose of the meeting

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Information Sharing:

professionals

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Private Family Time

(Family Members Only)

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Presenting the Plan

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Close up the Meeting

(schedule follow up)


Youth Transistion Conference (YTC)

What is Youth Transition Conference (YTC)

  • Youth led process to create a support network for youth as they approach adulthood
  • YTC helps identify people who will support the youth after they turn 19
  • YTC may help the youth identify and plan for future goals
  • YTC can happen every few months starting from age 16.

When would you use YTC

  • When a youth is in care (16 – 19 yrs)
  • When a youth is on a youth agreement
  • When a youth with special needs is transitioning to adulthood
  • During any major transitions for youth involved with MCFD

Youth Transition Conference Map

Introductions and Welcome

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Purpose of the meeting

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Information Sharing:

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Hopes and Dreams of Youth

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Ideas and Next Steps

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Close up the Meeting

(schedule follow up)

Benefits of Collaborative Practice:

  • Reduce risk and address safety concerns.
  • Strengthens relationships with family, social workers and community.
  • Create transparency and accountability.
  • Empowers families to work together and take charge in addressing concerns.
  • Is respectful of culture and traditions of children/youth and families.

Your Role:

  • Provide information on services and support, which your agency would be able to offer to families.
  • If involved with the family, you may be asked to provide more detailed information about the current circumstances.

How to refer:

  • If you are working with a family who is involved with MCFD, who you think would benefit from either of these processes, you can:
  • Call the social worker to suggest/discuss a referral to one of these processes, or
  • Call the Collaborative Planning Program coordinator.

Whenever possible involve family in the referral process.


Collaborative Planning Program Coordinator