Wraparound Services

Wraparound is a  family-centered,  strengths-based, needs-driven planning process. Wraparound supports family voice, choice and ownership of strategies to return or maintain children in their community with normalized and inclusive community options, activities and opportunities. Wraparound requires perseverance to create and provide a highly individualized planning process and to continue until the desirable outcomes for the child(ren) and families are achieved.

Wraparound is facilitated through community-based agencies by the utilization of Child and Family Teams (CFT). The CFTs develop, implement, monitor and revise uniquely tailored Child and Family Plans of Care that include the strengths, needs and related strategies, services and supports to provide whatever it takes to address the needs of the child and family in order to maintain safety and permanency in a community-based setting.

Program Eligibility:
  • Ward of the  Juvenile  Court pursuant to the  Welfare and  Institutions  Code, Sections 601, or 602.
  • Is at imminent risk of placement within the next thirty (30) days in a group home at a Rate Classification Level (RCL) 10 or above.
  • A child who is currently placed in a RCL 10 or above and is within 30 days of returning to the community.
  • Probationer must be no older than 17.5 months old

Wraparound is a Voluntary Program therefore both minor and parent/caregiver must agree to participate in Wraparound.  If either participant (parent/caregiver or youth) do not agree to participate, treatment will not be activated.

Functional Family Probation Core Principles:

Family first: In FFP we maintain a relational or family focus rather than providing individual, youth-based services.  We meet with family’s right from the beginning and continue throughout supervision. Probation is a temporary service so we ultimately want to rely on the family/support system to encourage and sustain positive changes. We find creative ways to shift the focus from the youth to what the family challenges might be.

Change is a process: No one changes overnight. By working with families to decrease risk factors, (hopelessness, individual focus, negativity, blame) and enhance protective factors, (individual/family strengths, pro-social activities, work, school, etc.), we can help to provide motivation for sustainable changes.

Maintain respect for Individual Differences: As much as possible, we work hard to understand individuals and families on their own terms with respect for their needs and priorities. We attempt to match each phase of the FFP intervention to the unique cultural and social differences of the family or individual participant.

Strength-Based: FFP asks that we learn to recognize strength in all forms. We acknowledge the inherent dangers of harmful behaviors and offer a positive outlook for their purpose. We work hard to point out the assets of behaviors event when they appear detrimental to the families we serve. FFP trains us to look at the individual as a whole. We believe there is a ‘noble intent’ motivating our behaviors, and we use positive regard as a way to empower youth and families.

For more information on FFP, please contact PCTS Director, Hania Cardenas, at 323‑730‑4512, hania.cardenas@probation.lacounty.gov

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