What to Expect
Once accepted into the program, the family and the Wraparound facilitator get to know one another and will learn the family’s unique story. They will then begin the process of Wraparound, which has four distinct phases.
- Phase One: Engagement & Team Preparation
A Wraparound Facilitator will meet with your family to discuss the Wraparound process and listen to your family’s story. They will discuss your concerns, needs hopes, dreams, and strengths. Your family will describe your vision for the future. You will identify people who care about you as a family as well as people you have found helpful for each family member. You will reach agreement with the Wraparound Facilitator about who will come to a meeting to develop a plan and where that meeting should be held. This phase takes several meetings over 1-2 weeks.
- Phase Two: Initial Plan Development
You will attend your first Child & Family Team meeting with people who are providing services to your family as well as people who are connected to you in a supportive role. The Child & Family Team will:
- come up with a Mission Statement about what you all will be working on together;
- look at your family’s needs;
- come up with several different ways to meet those needs that match up with your strengths; and
- different team members will take on different tasks that the team has agreed on.
- Phase Three: Plan Implementation
Based on your planning meetings, your team has created a written plan of care. You have all committed to some action steps, team members are committed to do the work, and your team comes together regularly. When your team meets, you will do four things:
- review accomplishments (what has been done and what’s been going well);
- assess whether your plan has been working to achieve your goals;
- adjust things that aren’t working within the plan; and
- assign new tasks to team members.
- Phase Four: Transition
Even though transitions happen throughout the process, there is a point when you will no longer need to meet regularly with the team. Completion may involve a final meeting of the whole team, a small celebration, or simply saying that you are ready to move on. As a family, you will get a record of what you did as well as a list of what worked. You will also make a plan for the future, including who you can call on if you need help or if you need to reconvene your team.