The Family TREE initiative was launched in September of 2016, and is designed as a transformative space for hope, strength and positive change to take root. Within the TREE, families involved in the Child Welfare System are supported through Team, Resources, Evaluation and Education (TREE), all purposefully dedicated to renewing and reunifying their family. The project provides core services to children and families from the onset of their involvement with Child Welfare and includes the following components: 1. Family Resiliency Team – a multi-disciplinary expert panel of clinical and medical providers that consult and provide direct care to those involved with the TREE. 2. Children and Family Assessment Center- on-site mental, behavioral, and medical assessment, referral and treatment center staffed with credentialed personnel. 3. Family Visitation Center – providing clinical and educational supports for quality family time, which the best indicator for successful family reunification. This project is currently under evaluation in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma.
Road to Independence:
The Road to Independence Project was implemented in July 2015, and is a multi-partner initiative that was created in order to improve outcomes for youth aging out of Child Welfare custody. The partnership brings together a wide range of providers to increase referral and access to services, and to improve educational, behavioral health, medical and employment outcomes for youth. Additionally, the team works to increase placement stability, improve permanency, and reduce youth homelessness. Evaluation data shows that RTI youth are 150% more likely to receive services when compared to their non-RTI counterparts, including increased access to health related care and basic support services.
Foster Care Task Force:
The mission of the Foster Care Task Force is to improve child well-being for children in foster care, increase and retain high quality foster homes, improve foster care community supports in schools and child care centers through evidence-based program development, policy recommendations and changes, data collection and evaluation efforts.
Since its inception in 2017, the Foster Care Task Force has been studying the foster care system and needs of foster families and has developed a plan to initiate multiple strategies aimed at improving the Oklahoma County Foster Care System, including foster parent retention and child well-being