Critical Elements for Family Team Decision Making

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Maryland has decided to implement a family-centered case practice. Such a practice can have a transformational impact on the lives of children by enabling more families to safely keep their own children and keeping more children out of foster homes or group care. Changing the way hundreds of caseworkers relate to families is no simple task, but everything depends on the degree to which caseworkers effectively use the new practice. Other states have succeeded by thinking through
carefully the steps needed for case practice reform and providing caseworkers with the intensive, ongoing support they need. The following are some of the essential elements of a credible plan to expand family-centered case practice in Maryland.

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  • Child Welfare
  • Children 0-5
  • Children 6-19
  • Extended Family
  • Fathers/Partners
  • Parenting
  • Treatment Models