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Incorporating Youth and Family Voice in Group and Residential Care
The following resources highlight the importance of providing family-focused care to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth in group and residential care. Resources include State and local examples.
Building Bridges Initiative
Promotes partnerships and collaborations among residential and community providers, families, youth, advocates, and policymakers to achieve positive outcomes for youth and families touched by a residential intervention. The Initiative's website offers white papers, tip sheets, tools, and more.
Collaborating With Clients and Improving Outcomes: The Relational Re-Enactment Systems Approach to Treatment Model
McConnell & Taglione (2012)
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 29(2)
Examines outcomes from 4 years of the Relational Re-Enactment Systems Approach to Treatment model's implementation. The model, an approach to treatment that increases family involvement through systemwide clinical consultation, led to a significant increase in the proportion of youth discharged to a family home.
Engaging Families in the Residential Treatment Process Utilizing Family-Directed Structural Therapy
McLendon. McLendon, & Hatch (2012)
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 29(1)
Summarizes qualitative and quantitative literature specific to family involvement in children's residential treatment and highlights the lack of specific types of family therapy/interventions that might provide positive outcomes with this population. The article also presents an overview of Family-Directed Structural Therapy and corresponding assessment tools.
Family-Driven Youth-Guided Practices in Residential Treatment: Findings from a National Survey of Residential Treatment Facilities
Brown, Barrett, Ireys, Allen, Pires, & Blau (2010)
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 27(3)
Presents the findings from a survey of 293 residential treatment providers that examined the implementation of family-driven, youth-guided care principles. Residential treatment providers reported several practices, including strength-based individualized treatment planning, collaboration with community-based providers to develop treatment plans, and the provision of various forms of support to families.
Redefining Residential: Family-Driven Care in Residential Treatment - Family Members Speak (PDF - 93 KB)
American Association of Children's Residential Centers (2009)
Uses findings from a caucus of family members at the American Association of Children's Residential Centers (AACRC) annual conference to discuss family-driven care in residential treatment. Findings indicate family members recognize that residential treatment organizations and the field in general don't operate in isolation, and that long-term meaningful system change requires a different mindset and hard work on many different fronts. This paper is part of the "Redefining Residential" series from AACRC regarding key program and policy issues facing the field of residential treatment.
Redefining Residential: Youth-Guided Treatment (PDF - 194 KB)
American Association of Children's Residential Centers (2010)
Identifies youth's concerns with the traditional provision of residential treatment, offers a definition of youth-guided care, examines issues related to implementing youth-guided care in residential treatment, and offers specific ideas and steps organizations and the field can consider to continually improve. This paper is part of the "Redefining Residential" series regarding key program and policy issues facing the field of residential treatment.
State and local examples
Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman: 2007 and 2008 Annual Report (PDF - 1,761 KB)
Washington State Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman (2009)
Reviews a study, described in the "Listening to Youth in Group Care" section of the report, in which the Washington State Office of the Family and Children's Ombudsman (OFCO) visited 22 group homes across the State. OFCO spoke directly with 120 youth about their experiences, elicited their ideas about how to improve group care, and explained to them how to access the ombudsman as a resource.
Provider Perspectives on Involving Families in Children's Residential Psychiatric Care
Sharrock, Dollard, Armstrong, & Rohrer (2013)
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 30(1)
Presents findings from an in-depth qualitative examination of the factors that facilitate and hinder family involvement as well as expectations for involvement from the perspective of providers at five residential youth treatment facilities in Florida. Results indicate that family involvement is facilitated by offering transportation assistance and flexible scheduling, fostering communication, and empowering families through education and support.