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Our Philosophy

What is Wraparound?

Wraparound is a team-based planning process intended to provide individualized, coordinated, family-driven care to meet the complex needs of children who are involved with various child and family serving systems (e.g. mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, special education), who are at risk of placement in institutional settings, and who experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health difficulties. The wraparound process requires that families, providers, and key members of the family’s social support network collaborate to build a creative plan (referred to as a Plan of Care or POC) that responds to the particular needs of the child and family.  By bringing people together from different parts of the whole family’s life, your child’s Plan of Care becomes a road map for recovery.  Team members then implement the plan and continue to meet regularly to monitor progress and make adjustments to the plan as necessary. The team continues its work until members reach a consensus that a formal wraparound process is no longer needed.

The values associated with wraparound require that the planning process itself, as well as the services and supports provided, should be individualized, family driven, culturally competent and community based. Additionally, the wraparound process should increase the “natural support” available to a family by strengthening interpersonal relationships and utilizing other resources that are available in the family’s network of social and community relationships. Finally, wraparound should be “strength based,” helping the child and family to recognize, utilize, and build talents, assets, and positive capacities.

It should be noted that wraparound is more a specific method for treatment planning and care coordination than a single treatment like many that are often featured in lists of evidence-based practices. The theory of change for wraparound, however, provides rationale for why treatments included in the wraparound plan are likely to be more effective than they might be in the absence of wraparound (due to better treatment acceptability and family/child engagement, agreement about treatment goals, etc..), and why participation in the wraparound process itself may yield positive outcomes for youth/children and their families (due to increased optimism, self-efficacy, social support, coping skills, etc.).