Partnership for Children of Essex
Monday, March 02, 2015
A Pathway for Hope
What is a Child and Family Team?
The Child and Family Team is made up of the people who know the child and family best. Team members are people who are able and willing to make a commitment to do whatever it takes to help the child and family make their life better.
A Child and Family Team includes various people who work with the child and family in making the best plan for the child’s care. The Team may include professionals, such as a school social worker, a teacher, a DYFS worker, a therapist or a probation officer.
The Care Manager works with the family to choose other people for the Team that are important to the family for support, such as relatives, friends or neighbors. Together, the family and the Team will create an Individual Service Plan (ISP) that is best for the family. An ISP puts into writing what every Team Member will do to help the family. The ISP will include the child and family's strengths and needs as well as services to help the child and family meet those needs. The first ISP will be made within the first thirty (30) days that a child is involved with PCE. Thereafter, the ISP will be reviewed and updated at least every three (3) months. The Care Manager facilitates the Child and Family Team meetings. The ISP the Team creates will include all the services that the family has chosen.