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1 April 2014, Issue # 5 Home: Visit Website Phone: (530) 938-3867
 
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National Child Abuse Statistics
 
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Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).

The United States has one of the poorer records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.


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The Family Development Matrix
 

The Family Development Matrix is funded by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention.

Our project goal is to support, broaden, and extend the existing public/private partnerships in the FDM collaboratives to include family strengthening agencies, child welfare representatives, tribal communities, and local agency partners emphasizing the use of a prevention and early intervention planning process to prevent child abuse and neglect.

A Strengths-Based Approach to Case and Data Management
The FDM is based on a strength model rather than a "deficit" model. It documents where a family is successful as well as needing support, and allows those using it to easily identify strengths from which to start and continue addressing needs. The major elements of the training for using the FDM is to assess the current family situation and their strengths, facilitate a family empowerment plan, and use FDM data to measure change, validate and report results. The data from the FDM is used by the family worker to increase their support with families, by the supervisor to review the cases within the agency, and administrators or boards to address gaps, allocate resources, and celebrate success. Funders and policy decision-makers better understand how funds allocated are bringing tangible results in a single agency or a network of programs in the community.

The project utilizes the Pathway to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect researched practices and the Family Strengthening Protective Factors to assist agencies in developing intervention strategies that are integrated with the FDM case management system. The Matrix Outcomes Model conducts all training and technical assistance for community collaborative agencies.

For further information, the website may be found at: www.matrixoutcomesmodel.com.
Please contact Jerry Endres, Project Director, at (530) 938-3867, or by email jendres@csumb.edu.

 
 
The Pathway to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
 
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Communities are Caring and Responsive

Pathway Goal 5: Communities Are Caring and Responsive in establishing sustainable networks of services and supports making contributions to child protection efforts, staying connected to families and assisting with challenges as needed in creating safe, stable and supportive neighborhoods.


Standards

  • Agency is committed to providing comprehensive resources sufficient to assure quality and full access to community, public, and educational services.
  • Community programs reach out to families where they live, understanding the family’s whole situation when providing informal activities as well as formal services.
  • Community examines consequences of families involved in juvenile justice and child welfare system. The conditions that affect family wellbeing and safety as impacted by the lack of employment opportunity, affordable housing, health care and transportation are examined for policy action.

Connect to Informal Community Supports
Social connections make neighborhoods more stable by engaging residents. Community policing and neighborhood-building activities promote neighborhood safety. Parents connect to friends, family members, neighbors, and other members of the community who provide emotional support and concrete resources. Because social isolation is so strongly connected to child maltreatment, it is important for parents to have a network of people with whom they can vent their frustrations, and have conversations about the joys of parenting.

Work with Families to Identify System Gaps
As a result of the case management process, families and workers exchange information regarding the effectiveness of existing services and where services don’t exist. This intervention serves two purposes: it supports families in problem solving and advocating for themselves as well as informing both public and private agencies about the efficiency of existing services.

 
 
Information You Can Use: West Fresno FDM Collaborative
 
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40% of West Fresno Children Living at the Poverty Level

This California community of under 20,000 is ranked #1 in the United States on concentrated poverty, the degree to which its poor are clustered in high-poverty neighborhoods * Ref (The Brookings Institution and The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco). Increasing rates of abuse and neglect of children with a 112 incidence per 1,000 children * Ref (University of California at Berkeley); escalating unemployment rates; expansion in public health concerns; excessive infant mortality rates; high teen pregnancies; low educational achievements, are some of the many challenges families living in the low-income community of West Fresno face.

FDM Agencies encounter families that deal with public health, mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, law enforcement, judicial review, and have a need for coordinated plans of support.

With education, advocacy, and community partnership, West Fresno agencies are tackling their many challenges head on with great measurable success. Each agency using an established set of techniques that are individualized to develop the strengths and capacities of the families and communities they serve, all the while sharing in the common goal of providing a comprehensive approach to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

FDM Collaborative Agencies include: West Fresno Family Resource Center, Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program, Westside Family Preservation Services Network, and Sanger Family Resource Center.


Dedicated to their mission of empowering and supporting the West Fresno community to achieve optimal health and well-being, West Fresno Family Resource Center (WFFRC) works in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of partners (eg., County agencies, community-based organizations, school districts, businesses, faith-based leaders, higher education, and neighborhood residents) to provide families, children, parents and individuals, access to integrated, comprehensive support services to:
  • strengthen family functioning;
  • increase family economic self-sufficiency; and
  • expand West Fresno’s capacity to support children and families.
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One such partnership is the Fresno Area Collaborative Team (FACT), a coalition of (5) CBOs utilizing the FDM tool that are committed to the development of a strong, united and embracing, self-sustaining community that is safe, healthy, and empowering to all families. We are building our community by strengthening our families.

Our agency has adopted ‘Five Pathway Goals to Prevention’ from the Pathway Mapping Initiative, funded by the Office of Child Abuse, California Department of Social Services. We strongly believe in these five pathways because they provide effective ways to strengthen and preserve families and keep children safe. In addition, these pathways provide a comprehensive approach to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

WFFRC Pathway to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Goals and Programs
1. Children are Nurtured, Safe and Engaged

  • School Readiness
  • After-School Program
  • Children and Family Literacy
  • Youth Leadership
  • Age Specific Questionnaire (ASQ)
2. Families are Strong and Connected
  • Economic Self-Sufficient Program
  • Case Management
  • Parenting Classes
  • Family Development Matrix
  • Education and Career Services
  • Fatherhood Support
  • Home Visitation
  • Service Coordination
3. Families have Access to Services and Support
  • Information, Referrals and Linkage
  • Health Insurance and Food Stamp Enrollment
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Computer Lab
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • No Cost for Services
4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Addressed
  • Marijuana Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Horticulture Therapeutic Community Center Garden (HTCC)
  • Cultural Based Access Navigation Peer Support Program (CBAN)
5. Communities are Caring and Responsive
  • Community Advisory Council
  • identifying service needs and shared resources
  • Promoting family support activities
  • Building/enhancing community leadership skills
  • Advocating for critical community issues

Fresno Collaborative Report

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Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program
 
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The goal of the Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program is to increase the overall well-being for at risk children and families by providing culturally sensitive services that will enable them to successfully navigate various government agencies and programs as part of their efforts to address their needs.

The core belief that drives the work is that every family regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic status will be empowered to develop their own strengths and capacities. The Cultural Broker Program provides brokering, advocacy and support to families who are involved or who are at risk of involvement with the child welfare system.

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Westside Family Preservation Services Network
 
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Every child in Huron is safe from violence, poverty, abuse and neglect; lives in a nurturing family environment and is supported by a vibrant and vital community; is educated and has a real chance to accomplish a happy, productive life in an occupation of their choosing, consistent with their individual talents, skills, culture, and ambition.

Fortaleciendo Familias Latinas con Dignidad y Respecto en Communidads Rurales, To Treat the Latino Farm Worker Families that we serve in our Rural Community, with Dignity and Respect. We operate a Family Resource Center in Huron. Last year that center provided almost a thousand families with over twenty thousand services. We are located in the community. Our principal location has been in Huron for the past thirteen years.

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Sanger Family Resource Center
 
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Since 1973, Comprehensive Youth Services (CYS), a 501(c) (3) community benefit nonprofit behavioral health agency, has provided quality mental health interventions and supportive services to underserved, at-risk and/or violence-exposed children, adolescents and families in Fresno and the surrounding communities. The agency’s primary goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, to ensure the well- being of every child/youth, and to aid in building stronger, more resilient families.

Services are available to all eligible individuals regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income level, and are entirely confidential. More than half of the services provided by CYS are delivered in the community – on school campuses, at resource or community centers, and in the homes of consumers.

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First5 and Siskiyou Community Services Council
 
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Established in 2002 by resolution of Siskiyou County’s Board of Supervisors, the Siskiyou Community Services Council (CSC) is a policy level nonprofit collaborative designated to oversee coordination, research and development of policies affecting service delivery in Siskiyou County. Over the past ten years, CSC has taken leadership on a number of important initiatives.

As Siskiyou County’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council, CSC has enlisted multiple sectors toward a multi-year commitment to “move the needle” in reducing Siskiyou’s substantial rates of child maltreatment. A defined commitment has been made to align resources and promote simultaneous action to effectively address the root causes of child abuse and neglect.

As part of this strategic effort, CSC, along with partners such as First 5 Siskiyou, supports the use of Family Development Matrix in Siskyou’s 10 Family Resource Centers. According to CSC Executive Director and FDM Collaborative Coordinator, Jill Phillips, FDM figures prominently in their approach. “FDM provides the data we need to move resources to what works.” “It also assures us the resources we have committed are having the desired impact.”

For more information on the programs and strategies used by the CSC, contact, Jill Phillips at siskiyoucsc@sbcglobal.net.

Siskiyou Collaborative Report

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Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin
 
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Robina Ashgar
Executive Director
FDM Collaborative Coordinator
Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin (CPFSJ) is conducting innovative neighborhood work at the Merlot Joint Use Gym in Southeast Stockton. The goal is to establish a safe place where at-risk young people can experience respite from the pressures and dangers endemic to that area of town, and where they can experience personal growth and connection with their community by participating in a number of activities and programs. We began with outreach in “block-by-block” canvassing to raise awareness of the gym as a community resource. We also used this face-to-face communications to get ideas from community members about the types of desired activities. Working with organizations and active members of the Southeast Stockton community we started to coordinate those activities and make them “come to life” at the gym.

The results: CPFSJ was able to enroll more than 300 families and their children in an indoor soccer league and an indoor basketball program. With all volunteer referees, coaches and informal mentors who helped provide a safe, positive environment for the youth and adult participants at the gym. Among the participants are youths who have dropped out of school; who have behavioral health needs including substance abuse issues; and who are exposed to gang activity and the threat of street violence on a daily basis. These youth are typically out in the streets or at hangouts with multiple risk factors during afternoons and evenings. Since November 2013 these youths have instead been spending these hours playing sports--and receiving some positive messaging and mentoring--in a safe indoor environment.

The vision for the future is for these youths to continue to find respite from the stressors and risk factors of their environment by attending the Merlot Gym, and to begin to heal and experience personal growth and positive support. Soccer and basketball are not the only things taking place on the gym floor. Informal mentoring from the staff--and from the volunteer coaches, referees, and young fathers--is already beginning to encourage the self-awareness and social consciousness of the youth. Some of the youth have put in volunteer hours at the nearby Family Resource Center. Others have exhibited changes in attitudes and behaviors including the ability to deescalate arguments and conflicts that arise during athletic competition, or the ability to open up to others about fears or concerns that are causing anxiety.

We believe that the FDM can help us assess changes in the degree of risk present in the lives of participating families and youth—as they continue to frequent the Merlot Gym, and as they begin to participate in more diverse activities that promote personal growth and community involvement.

San Joaquin Collaborative Report

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Pathway Desired Outcomes Assessment
 
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Here is a quick assessment your agency can do. You will be checking YES or NO for parental resilience (parent functioning), strong social connections, knowledge of child development and demonstrated skills in parenting, basic supports and services used by families as needed, and family environment.

Click on the read more button below to view the YES or NO check list for "Communities are Caring and Responsive."

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