Facilitated family engagement meetings provide families that have an open child welfare case with case planning meetings aimed at resolving identified safety concerns as effectively and efficiently as possible. Meetings are designed to value live decision making and the importance of the family's voice as the best way to promote safety and permanency.
Facilitated family engagement meetings follow a structured and intentional format that ensures that each meeting meets the goals of:
- Clearly articulating the child safety reasons for child welfare involvement
- Clearly outlining case goals aligned with child safety
- Developing next steps that will move the team closer to case goals
Facilitated family engagement meetings are led by a trained neutral facilitator who is responsible for encouraging open and transparent dialogue. Facilitators lead meetings that take place before or immediately after case opening and occur consistently throughout involvement to encourage case progress.
- Facilitated family engagement resources
The Colorado Department of Human Services has developed facilitated family engagement resources including:
- Facilitated family engagement tools
- Facilitator support tools -Tools that a facilitator can use to help support their engagement of families, child welfare staff and other stakeholders in facilitated family engagement meetings. Some tools were shared by counties practicing facilitated family engagement and are identified by county in the document name.
- Program support-Tools that can help support facilitated family engagement programs. Some tools were shared by counties practicing facilitated family engagement and are identified by county in the document name.
- Reports and studies-Reports and studies related to facilitated family engagement and to the Title IV-E Waiver demonstration project.
All of these resources can be found below or on the Forms webpage under Child Welfare Forms & Helpful Documents in the Facilitated family engagement resources folder.