We consider the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health to be the premier source for information on family involvement. Visit their website here.

Listed below are Family Involvement resources sent in by Children's Mental Health Network members. If you have a resource you would like to send in do so!

A Changing Culture in Child Welfare: Working in Partnership with Families and Family Organizations
Bryan, Ferrone, Kennedy & Rider, 2008 

Involving Families, Inspiring Hope
Rider, 2008
Download – PPT (13MB)

Sustaining and Strengthening Family-Run Organizations
Jane Kallal & Frank Rider, November 2007

Exploring the Links between Family Strengths and Adolescent Outcomes
When families make the news, it is often for negative reasons such as violence or abuse. However, families are critical to the positive development of children and youth, as well as to problems that may affect development. A new Child Trends brief, Exploring The Links Between Family Strengths and Adolescent Outcomes, finds that family strengths are associated with significantly better outcomes for adolescents in both lower-income and higher-income families. Family strengths include emotional/subjective strengths (such as close and caring parents); behavioral/concrete strengths (for example, parental monitoring and parent involvement); and passive parenting strengths (for instance, positive parental role modeling).

Monograph: Family Experience of The Mental Health System
The Findings Compendium provides a brief summary of the Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health Study of the Family Experience of the Mental Health System (FEMHS). The study was designed to meet a need for information from family perspectives about service access and delivery, as well as about specific aspects of services that are most and least helpful.

Quick Guide for Self-Assessment of Family-Run Organizations
The Quick Guide is for use by family-run organizations. The guide is divided into nine sections addressing important elements of family-run organization development and sustainability. Each section represents several components or characteristics of effective family-run organizations in a system of care.

Seattle Mental Health Metropolitan Interagency
Staffing Team 90 Day Review
Another sample form contributed by King County, WA.
Seattle Mental Health Metropolitan Interagency Staffing Team And ARY/CHINS Project
Child and Family Team Meeting and Review

Project T.E.A.M Child and Family Care Plan
Here is an example of a monthly review form developed by Project T.E.A.M., King County, WA

Family and Community Action Plan Guidebook
The Family & Community Action Plan is a tool to use in the Wraparound Process. Its purpose is to design and help successfully implement multi-agency, community-based involvement with families. The Wraparound Process requires full inclusion of the family and identifies the services and supports needed by the child and family. This process occurs in consultation with other members of the Wraparound Team. The Family & Community Action Plan is divided into several life domains including behavioral health, substance use, medical, residential, home & family, social/cultural/community, educational/vocational, financial, legal and safety/risk management. For each identified need there are specific actions and resources that are listed. The plans must be strengths-based and child and family driven.

Family Guide to Systems of Care for Children with Mental Health Needs
This bilingual family guide is intended to inform caregivers and families about how to seek help for children with mental health problems. Information is provided on what caregivers and families need to know, ask, expect, and do to get the most out of their experience with systems of care.

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