The YMCA Families United Project is a three year
federally funded project designed to build evidence around the
effectiveness of the Family Group Conferencing model in improving child welfare
outcomes for children and families.
- To strengthen kinship caregiver and family capacity to care for children in a way that helps promote placement stability, safety, and well-being and that prevents children from entering or reentering the foster care system.
Who We Serve:
- Kinship families
- Extended foster care youth
- We place families as key participants in a process of
decision making when their children come to the attention of child welfare (and
youth justice) systems.
- We allow families to come up
with solutions and plans to protect the children in their family, rather than
systems and institutions.
- We serve Kinship caregivers and foster care
youth through the Family Group Conferencing process, with the goal of the
family creating a network of support that provides safety, connection and both
legal & relational permanency.