The Wraparound process achieves positive outcomes by providing a structured, creative and individualized team planning process that, compared to traditional treatment planning, results in plans that are more effective and more relevant to the child and family. Additionally, Wraparound plans are more holistic than traditional care plans in that they are designed to meet the identified needs of caregivers and siblings and to address a range of life areas.
Through the team-based planning and implementation process – as well as availability of research-based interventions that can address priority needs of youth and caregivers – Wraparound develops the problem-solving skills, coping skills, and self-efficacy of the young people and family members.
There is an emphasis on integrating the youth into the community and building the family’s social support network. The values of Wraparound, as expressed in its core principles, are fully consistent with the system of care framework. Wraparound’s philosophy of care begins from the principle of “voice and choice,” which stipulates that the perspectives of the family—including the child or youth—must be given primary importance during all phases and activities of Wraparound.
Finally, the Wraparound process should be “strengths based,” including activities that purposefully help the child and family to recognize, utilize, and build talents, assets, and positive capacities.
The phases of the process listed below will help provide a community circle around each child:
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP: Representatives of key stakeholder groups, including families, young people, agencies, providers, and community representatives have joined together in a collaborative effort to plan, implement and oversee Wraparound as a community process.
COLLABORATIVE ACTION: Stakeholders involved in the Wraparound effect work together to take steps to translate the Wraparound philosophy into concrete policies, practices, and achievements that work across systems.
FISCAL POLICIES AND SUSTAINABILITY: The community has developed fiscal strategies to support and sustain Wraparound and to better meet the needs of children and youth participating in Wraparound.
ACCESS TO NEEDED SUPPORT SERVICES: The community has developed mechanisms for ensuring access to the Wraparound process as well as to the services and supports that Wraparound teams need to fully implement their plans including evidence based interventions.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT: The system supports Wraparound staff and partner agency staff to fully implement the Wraparound model and to provide relevant and transparent information to families and their extended networks about effective participation in Wraparound.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The community implements mechanisms to monitor Wraparound fidelity, service quality, and outcomes and to oversee the quality and development of the overall Wraparound effort.