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What is WrapAround?

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) describes Wraparound as a planning process that values the engagement of the child and his/her family in a manner that shifts from a problem focused view of issues to building on individual strengths to improve family v child well being. The process is used to engage the family as they identify their own needs and create methods and a plan to meet those needs. The goal is to provide intensive, individualized services and supports to families that will allow children to live and grow up in a safe, stable, permanent family environment. For children and families in the foster care system, the Wraparound process can:

  • Enhance strengths by creating a strength-based intervention plan with a child and family team;
  • Promote youth and parent involvement with family voice, choice, and preference;
  • Use a community-based service delivery system;
  • Create independence and stability;
  • Provide services that fit a child and family's identified needs, culture, and preferences;
  • Create one plan to coordinate responses in all life domains; and
  • Focus on achieving normalized goals, and provide flexible funding to support the child and family team goals.

The Wraparound process can eliminate barriers to service delivery, strengthen and support families. In addition, Wraparound can reduce the risk of out-of-home placement and recidivism by bringing individuals, agencies and the community together as the decision-making team with the central focus being to meet the needs of the child and family.

Background and History

In 1997, Wraparound was established in California under Senate Bill (SB) 163 (Chapter 795, Statutes of 1997) which allows California counties to develop the Wraparound Model using State and county Aid to Families with Dependent Children -Foster Care (AFDC-FC) dollars. This legislation permits counties to use the Wraparound funding for planning and services delivery instead of use for placements of children/youth in high-end group homes (Rate Classification Level (RCL) 12-14.) The purpose of the bill is to return children and youth in group home care to their homes and communities or help children at imminent risk of placement in high-end group homes to remain in their homes. In January 2001, Assembly Bill (AB) 2706 extended the Wraparound process and service to children who were placed in lower-level group homes of a RCL 10-11 or at risk of placement at this level. Wraparound may also be used for children who are eligible for the Adoption Assistance Program even though the funding for services is different for these children.

The SB 163 Legislation requires Wraparound services to:

  • Be family centered, individualized, culturally relevant and strength based;
  • Be team and community based;
  • Rely on natural community supports, develop a child and family team plan to identify service needs;
  • Place child in the least restrictive environment;
  • Track and evaluate outcomes;
  • Be cost neutral to the State; and
  • Reinvest cost saving into child welfare programs.

Senate Bill 163

What is WrapAround?

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) describes Wraparound as a planning process that values the engagement of the child and his/her family in a manner that shifts from a problem focused view of issues to building on individual strengths to improve family v child well being. The process is used to engage the family as they identify their own needs and create methods and a plan to meet those needs. The goal is to provide intensive, individualized services and supports to families that will allow children to live and grow up in a safe, stable, permanent family environment. For children and families in the foster care system, the Wraparound process can:

  • Enhance strengths by creating a strength-based intervention plan with a child and family team;
  • Promote youth and parent involvement with family voice, choice, and preference;
  • Use a community-based service delivery system;
  • Create independence and stability;
  • Provide services that fit a child and family's identified needs, culture, and preferences;
  • Create one plan to coordinate responses in all life domains; and
  • Focus on achieving normalized goals, and provide flexible funding to support the child and family team goals.

How is Wraparound funded by the California Department of Social Services?

As ofJuly 1, 2015, the reimbursement rates for Wraparound are $8,043 and $9,538, and are tied to current rates paid had the child been placed in a high level group home. Under statute, these payments are less when a child in Wraparound is federally eligible under specified conditions. The programis intended tobe cost neutral. This means that the cost to provide Wraparound services shall be no more than the amount that would have otherwise beenspent for a group home placement. (Welfare and Institutions Code (WI&C) Section 18254(e))

The CDSS has developed training criteria and program standards for implementing a quality program using the Wraparound process. Counties wishing to participate in Wraparound must submit a letter of intent to CDSS indicating an interest in providing Wraparound services. All County Information NoticeI-52-15 provides the Wraparound standards and the process for counties to participate in Wraparound. The County must design and submit a Wraparound plan to CDSS for information. County staff and providers who participate in Wraparound are required to attend a State-approved Wraparound training program. In addition, technical support is available for all stages of planning, program development, and implementation.

As of August 2011, of the 58 counties in California, there are 47 that received approval for their Wraparound Implementation Plan.

General Resources

County Resources

WRAPAROUND LINKS

CDSS Letters and Notices Related to Wraparound

ACIN's

ACL's

CFL's

  • CFL 03/04-49 (February 23, 2004)
    New Claiming Instructions for the CA 800 FC1 FED, Foster Care Facility Report and the CA 800 FC FED, Summary Report of Assistance Expenditures, Foster Care; Foster Care SB 163, Federal Forms
  • CFL 01/02-51 (June 4, 2002)
    Revised County Expense Claim (CEC) Instructions And Assistance Claim Instructions For SB 163 Wraparound Services Project
  • CFL 01/02-51 ERRATA
    Revised County Expense Claim (CEC) Instructions And Assistance Claim Instructions For SB 163 Wraparound Services Project

FOR INFORMATION:

Email: Wraparound.Questions@dss.ca.gov
California Department of Social Services
Children and Family Services Division
Child Protection and Family Support Branch
744 P Street, MS 11-86
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-6600

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