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What is Wraparound?

Wraparound is a planning process that helps children, adolescents, young adults and their families realize their full potential. Wraparound uses people from the child’s and family’s life to create a Child and Family Team (CFT). These team members work together to help create an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to address their needs in areas including, but not limited to: family, safety, emotional/psychological supports, education, legal issues, spiritual life, and medical concerns. We “wrap” services around children and their families to help them remain at home, in school and in their community.

The 10 Principles of Wraparound

  1. Family voice and choice. Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the wraparound process. Planning is grounded in family members’ perspectives, and the team strives to provide options and choices such that the plan reflects family values and preferences.
  2. Team based. The wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and committed to the family through informal, formal, and community support and service relationships.
  3. Natural supports. The team actively seeks out and encourages the full participation of team members drawn from family members’ networks of interpersonal and community relationships. The wraparound plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support.
  4. Collaboration. Team members work cooperatively and share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single wraparound plan. The plan reflects a blending of team members’ perspectives, mandates, and resources. The plan guides and coordinates each team member’s work towards meeting the team’s goals.
  5. Community based. The wraparound team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inSection 2: The Principles of Wraparound clusive, most responsive, most accessible, and least restrictive settings possible; and that safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.
  6. Culturally competent. The wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child/ youth and family, and their community
  7. Individualized. To achieve the goals laid out in the wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, supports, and services.
  8. Strengths based. The wraparound process and the wraparound plan identify, build on, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child and family, their community, and other team members.
  9. Unconditional. A wraparound team does not give up on, blame, or reject children, youth, and their families. When faced with challenges or setbacks, the team continues working towards meeting the needs of the youth and family and towards achieving the goals in the wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer necessary.
  10. Outcome based. The team ties the goals and strategies of the wraparound plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.

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