“School Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with children, youth and families with complex needs so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.”
National Wraparound Initiative, Portland State University
While many public and private services provided to individuals and families use teams to provide care or services, the Wraparound Model is different in that it brings together multiple systems to address complex issues to create individualized plans for children and their families.
ECA provides clarity on the specific characteristics of a Wraparound process, including the collaborative case management model. Everyone’s perspective is heard, respected, and included in decision-making processes.
In a typical Wraparound Model, Case Management Team members commit to following a collaborative model of interacting and working together. The Team is community-focused; composed of representatives from a wide range of private and public agencies, and are aware and sensitive to family cultures. For one client’s Wraparound Plan, ECA analyzed best practices for school and community climate change by reviewing national resources on effective Wraparound plans, such as the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center and United Way as well. ECA then mapped the community’s services by identifying existing school/community partnerships, how the partnerships work and how ultimately, how they could be improved.
Key characteristics of a Wraparound Project include:
Family Voice and Choice in Wraparound – Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the wraparound process.
Team Support – The wraparound team consists of individuals who are agreed upon by the family and who are committed to the family through informal, formal support relationships.
Natural Supports – The team seeks out and encourages full participation of families’ networks.
Collaboration – The team makes it a priority to work cooperatively and share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single wraparound plan.
Community-Based Services and Access – The team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inclusive, responsive, accessible, and least restrictive settings possible; and that safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.
Culturally Competent Planning – The wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child and family, and their community.
Individualized Approach – To achieve the wraparound goals, the team develops a customized set of strategies and services that uniquely fit the family.
Strengths-Based Perspective – The wraparound process and plan identify, build on, and enhance the knowledge, skills and assets of the child and family, their community, and other team members.
Persistence and Commitment to Success – Despite challenges, the team persists in working toward the goals of the wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer needed.
Outcome-Based Planning – The team ties the goals and strengths of the wraparound plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.