The purpose of the Family & Children First Council is to streamline and coordinate existing publicly funded services through SERVICE COORDINATION to help families seeking assistance for their children. This initiative is a partnership of government agencies and community organizations committed to improving the well-being of children and their families. We evaluate and prioritize services, fill service gaps where possible, invent new approaches to achieve better results, and ensure ongoing input from a broad representation of the community. 

WRAPAROUND

The wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families.  It is not a program or a type of service, but a team based planning process used to develop plans of care that are individualized based on the strengths and culture of the children and their family. 

The plan is NEEDS-DRIVEN rather than service-driven, and includes a team of people that support the youth, including formal (professionals) and informal (family & community members) supports. 

The U.S. National Wraparound Initiative has standardized ten guiding principles:

  • Family voice and choice

  • Team-based

  • Natural supports

  • Collaboration

  • Community-based

  • Culturally competent

  • Individualized

  • Strengths-based

  • Persistence

  • Outcome-based

*Referrals are accepted as self referrals from the family or from agencies or organizations that work with youth. Send referrals via email to : Nicole.Cross@jfs.ohio.gov