What is Family Finding and Permanency
The Family Finding model, developed by Kevin A. Campbell, offers methods and strategies to locate and engage relatives of children currently living in out-of-home care. The goal of Family Finding is to connect each child with a family, so that every child may benefit from the lifelong connections that only a family provides.
Core beliefs inherent in this approach are:
1) Every child has a family, and they can be found if we try
2) Loneliness can be devastating, even dangerous, and is experienced by most children in out of home care
3) A meaningful connection to family helps a child develop a sense of belonging, and
4) The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connections to family. - Read More
This learning brief explores the evolution of exemplary practice, along with the elements and conditions primarily responsible for its development, in a combined Family Finding/Family Group Decision-Making model implemented by a partnership between San Francisco Human Services Agency and Seneca Family of Agencies.Core themes were synthesized from a series of individual and dyad interviews with team members who carried out the project, lifting up what worked and was learned in the process.