Family Engagement in Your Case
Why family engagement is important
- Children tend to have better outcomes when they are placed with kin. Those outcomes include:
- more likely to reunify with their parents,
- more likely for siblings to be placed together,
- less likely to come back into OKDHS custody after reunifying,
- more likely to remain in one placement, which is important for their needs such as education, and
- more likely to stay connected to kin.
How can my family be engaged?
- After kin have been assessed, if they are safe, there are many things they can do for a child in OKDHS custody, including;
- Providing placement – as discussed above, better outcomes for child;
- Permanent connections – it is important to child to have relationships with kin;
- Support –a support system can help parents keep their child safe;
- Family time – relatives can help with family time, also known as visitation; they can also spend time with the child themselves.
- A family meeting (FM) is a meeting hosted by an OKDHS facilitator that includes parents, caregivers, relatives, child welfare specialists, tribal partners, service providers, and other supports.
- The purpose of a FM is to plan and make decisions together for the children and the family. It also involves and engages the family of the child in OKDHS custody and/or Family Centered Service case.
- Anyone on the case, including you, can request a FM for any reason.
- A FM should occur at least every six months but can be more frequent based on the needs of the family.