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  • The Family Redevelopment Program (FRP) promotes a full system approach that widens the lens of assessment and intervention beyond the family to include the interactive patterns of the family’s immediate community and service system supports. FRP promotes a proactive redevelopment and service network which provides an essential context for positive change in the family. The program is facilitated by assessing the stages of readiness to change and identifying safety/risk factors along with protective factors that exist in the family or within the environments (social, school, community, extended family, friends, involved professional supports, etc) in which the family functions. The program moves families and support systems through the stages of readiness in order to empower families to be an active part of plan development and follow through. Through this process, families and identified participants walk hand-in-hand to achieve successful redevelopment. 

  • The ultimate goal of FRD is to develop and establish a plan that is practiced, implemented, and revised by the family when any of the original risk factors (identified characteristics) or new risk factors are encountered.  The FRP consists of people who are in agreement to be a part of the redevelopment plan to monitor and continue to assess the presence or re-emergence of identified characteristics. When these risk factors present, the people in agreement will re-convene (initiated by anyone currently participating as part of the family’s redevelopment) to problem-solve and revise the plan and/or support follow through with the original plan.  This plan is a cohesive, self-driven plan that families can implement after systems are closed and will carry through long-term throughout the families’ ongoing redevelopment. Any member of the redevelopment team at any point in time can initiate review and revision as needed.

​The Key Principals To Promote Family Redevelopment Planning:

  • Engagement of all participants is critical

  • Asking questions that elicit participate needs – How might things be different 

  • Set the pace of change according to the family’s readiness

  • Accept challenges are the rule, not the exception

  • Using collaboration, not confrontation

  • Evocation instead of education (people don’t argue with their own information)

  • Exploration instead of explanation – client seeks to understand why on their own instead someone telling why

  • Set goals that are important, specific, realistic, and oriented to present/future

  • Maintenance family-driven and lifelong process

  • Education of family for long-term success allows for families to re-engage and access supports pertinent to the current challenges

  • Strength-based

  • Safety driven

  • Partnership Building

  • Relationship building for stabilizing and strengthening the child and family longitudinal success even when the family and child are no longer involved in the system.

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