We are all too aware of how global and national events have increased isolation and stress for our children, youth and families. These unprecedented times have further challenged those with existing health and mental health, and basic need issues. We believe they have drawn heightened attention to critical issues for the general public, legislators and other key stakeholders. We will continue to strive to seize opportunities to help-- through continued conversation and collaboration on behalf of underserved populations in North Carolina.
Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) is a private, nonprofit parent organization, committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs
ECAC affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities, to an appropriate education and other needed services.
ECAC seeks to make that right a reality by providing information, education, outreach, and support to and for families with children across the state of North Carolina.
5 Protective Factors: English version,Spanish Version . Read more about strengthening families and protective factors. Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five key protective factors: Resilience, Concrete Support, Social Connections, Social & Emotional Competence, and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development.
Social Media Focus for August: Back to School Mental Health, Family Mental Health, Transition Age Youth, Health Disparities, Trauma, Resilience, Hope.
The Membership and Sustainability Committee would like your input on the Membership Survey. Information from the Membership Survey will be used to identify what the membership looks like and what your ideas are for the State Collaborative. So far we have some great representation-see the chart-thank you! If you have not responded, please do so we can represent the great diversity that is the State Collaborative.
SPOTLIGHT ON TRAINING: CFT
By Teka Dempson and Joanne Scaturro, MSW,
Training subcommittee Co-Chairs
One of the many cross system resources provided by the NC Collaborative is our high-quality online courses on System of Care (SOC) and Child and Family Teams (CFT). The online training is provided in partnership with the North Carolina Collaborative Training Institute (NCCTI).
FACT: Enrolling in our CFT online series of classes meets the 11- hour state requirement for new workers.
Especially in these times when COVID-19 prevents large face-to-face training opportunities, these online classes can give providers, families and youth an opportunity to begin the journey of understanding the CFT process. The NCCTI online program offers course material that is powerful, convenient, high-quality, comprehensive, and state-approved.
Log on and register for online training today atNCCTI.org.
These courses empower participants to improve outcomes for children, youth and families. Through these trainings, participants will:
Learn about System of Care principles and practices;
See how Child and Family Teams should operate; and
Gain knowledge, power and respect to strengthen families and improve lives.
Who do I contact if I want to be on the Training Committee of the State Collaborative?
Contact Teka Dempson email@example.com or Joanne Scaturro at Joanne2653@aol.com
Policy & Research Workgroup
By Stacy Justiss and Joanne Scaturro, MSW
Policy & Research Workgroup Co-Chairs
Ann Rodriguez, MHAand Mary Hooper, MSW
i2i Center for Integrative Health
The goal of the workgroup is “To influence and support legislative provisions that provide clear values and mechanisms for children, youth, and family involvement in policies, service structures and cross-system structures.”
Read moreabout the work of the Policy & Research Workgroup.
Registration is now open for the Virtual Regional Policy Institutes!
NC Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families, NC Child, Prevent Child Abuse NC, i2i Center for Integrative Health, MomsRising, and the Foster Family Alliance of NC invite you to virtually attend our 2020 Regional Policy Institutes. There will be 4 institutes and you can attend 1 or all 4! They are free, but space is limited. We are welcoming different keynotes, presenters, and legislators to each of the institutes.
September 14, 2020
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Keynote: Deputy Secretary Juvenile Justice, Billy Lassiter
Advocacy 101: Adam Sotak, NC Child
Terry Van Duyn - Buncombe
Representative Sarah Stevens -Alleghany/Surrey/Wilkes
September 28, 2020
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Keynotes: Deputy Director, Child Welfare Services - Lisa Cauley
NC Child Welfare Family Advisory Council - Gina Brown
For questions regarding Hope4NC, please contact Susan Robinson:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 984-236-5068.
At the State Collaborative, we provide a forum for collaboration, advocacy and action through a System of Care framework.
What is System of Care (SOC)? System of Care is a comprehensive network of community-based services and supports organized to meet the needs of families who are involved with multiple child service agencies, such as child welfare, mental health, schools, juvenile justice and health care. System of Care is not a service or a program – it is a way of working together with youth and families to achieve the desired outcomes identified by the youth and family.
see pages 32-35 in the System of Care Handbook above
"Child and Family Teams are family members and their community supports that come together to create. implement and update a plan with the child/youth and family. The plan builds on the strengths of the child, youth and family that addresses their needs, desires and dreams."
There are Seven Principles that support the CFT process:
Family, children and youth are full partners.
Planning is led by the family.
Meetings are a safe, supportive place for all members.
Meetings include people who can help the family succeed.
Plans are built around what families do well and fits with their beliefs.
Members are committed to the plan and share responsibility for successful outcomes.
Plans are changed when they are not working for families.
Our Mission: The North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families ("State Collaborative"), through a System of Care framework, provides a forum for collaboration, advocacy and action among families, public and private child, family serving agencies and community partners to improve outcomes for all children, youth and families. Our Vision: Children, youth, and families are healthy, safe and successful at home, in school and in their communities.
The State Collaborative. . .
Provides a forum for the discussion of issues regarding how agencies, youth, and families can work together to produce better outcomes for children, youth and families.
Develops recommendations regarding the coordination of services, funding, training and local reporting requirements to eliminate duplication and make the system more consumer friendly.
Includes representatives of a range of state and local agencies, youth, families, and advocates.
Provides support for local Collaboratives, and Child and Family Teams.