The SIWS Family Advocate is a neutral coordinator / facilitator who will:
- Research the status of the immediate biological family to determine whether their circumstances have changed since the child was brought into care and their ability to play a role in the ongoing care of the child.
- Contact the child’s community of origin to identify extended family or community members that may be suitable options for permanent placement.
- Assist family and community members as they prepare to participate in a Permanency Planning process.
- Facilitate a collaborative planning process involving family, community members, and professionals to develop permanent placement options and develop a Permanency Plan.
- Support family or community members, identified as a placement option by the Social Worker, to overcome barriers and prepare them for permanent placement.
What are the outcomes ?
Referring Social Workers will receive up to date and documented information regarding:
- The child’s community of origin and biological family.
- The family’s ability to resume care for their child.
- Names and contact information for extended family and other options for Permanency Planning.
Successful Permanency Planning will result in:
- Fewer children brought into care due to increased use of out of care options.
- Fewer children remaining in long term care due to permanent placement.
- Improved outcomes for children that transition to a permanent family/ home.