- The Family Resiliency Team
The Family Resiliency Team (FRT) is comprised of experts in the areas of child welfare, psychology, behavioral/mental health and medicine. The FRT utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to staff cases, review assessment results, and identify and connect children and parents to appropriate services.
- Medical Exams for Children
OU Physicians Fostering Hope Clinic provides child medical assessments, expertise, and coordination of pediatric medical services. Family TREE Fostering Hope medical clinic increases access to timely, quality medical care for children, involved with Child Welfare.
- CHBS Parent Coaching and Quality Family Visitation Support
Comprehensive Home Based Services (CHBS) staff from NorthCare is located on-site at the Family TREE to provide hands-on parent coaching during visitation. CHBS utilizes the evidence-based model, SafeCare, to improve parent-child interaction, enhance the quality of family visits, and reduce future incidents of child maltreatment. An onsite, licensed Clinical Visitation Coordinator is also provided through NorthCare to support the needs of children and families, during visits, and to also provide direct therapeutic services to children.
- Assessments and Behavioral Health Services for Children
The OU Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) and Child Study Center (CSC) serve multiple roles in the Family TREE partnership. CCAN/CSC Psychologists provide screenings and assessments of children to identify immediate mental health needs and trauma, offer some direct service treatment on-site as needed, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), assist in making referrals to specialized services, and provide mental health consultation and professional development support to the Family TREE team.
- Support for Kinship Foster Families
Family KINnections provides individualized support to kinship foster families in Oklahoma County to assist with decreasing placement disruption and to increase stability and permanency for children. A Family KINnections' Community Resource Specialist will work directly with families to identify needs, educate and link to resources, and offer support while having kinship children in the home.
- Parent Partners
Parent Partners is designed to offer hope, guidance, and advocacy to parents currently involved with the Department of Human Services through peer support and shared experience. Parents in Oklahoma County who have children in foster care will have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor who has successfully navigated the DHS Child Welfare process. Parent Partners can assist with the goal of the children returning to the biological home in the shortest, safely allowable time. They inspire hope and serve as a successful role model and can advocate for the parent voice while updating the team on parent progress. Parent Partners will promote parent engagement in beneficial services, visitation with their children, and completing court requirements while guiding parents through system (DHS and court) navigation.