The Wraparound process helps family’s re-discover hope. Active crisis and safety planning minimize uncertainty and fear. Through Wraparound, families develop an effective support network, increase their sense of competence, acquire new skills for managing the special needs of their child, and have access to the supportive resources they need to build a brighter future for themselves.
TEN PRINCIPLES OF WRAPAROUND
1. Family Voice & Choice – Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the Wraparound process. Planning is grounded in the individual’s perspectives, and the team strives to provide options and choices such that the plan reflects the individual’s values and preferences.
2. Team Based – The Wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and who are committed to them through informal, formal, community support and service relationships.
3. Informal Supports – The team actively seeks out and encourages the full participation of team members drawn from the family members’ network of interpersonal and community relationships.
4. Collaboration Team – Members work cooperatively and collaboratively, share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single Wraparound plan. The plan reflects a blending of team member’s perspective, mandates, and resources.
5. Community Based – The Wraparound team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inclusive, most responsive, most accessible, and least restrictive settings possible; and that safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.
6. Culturally Competent – The Wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child/youth, family, and their community.
7. Individualized -To achieve the goals laid out in the Wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, supports and services.
8. Strengths Based – The Wraparound process and the Wraparound plan identify, build on, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child, family, their community, and other team members. Wraparound is intended to achieve outcomes not through a focus on eliminating family members’ deficits, but rather through efforts to utilize and increase their assets.
9. Persistence – Despite challenges, the team persists in working toward the goals included in the Wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal Wraparound process is no longer required.
10. Outcome Based – The team ties the goals and strategies of the Wraparound plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.
The Wraparound team is accountable for achieving the goals laid out in the plan. Outcomes monitoring allows the team to regularly assess the effectiveness of the plan as a whole and to determine when the plan needs a revision.