Youth in foster care often have many professional service providers who work together to meet their needs. This team may consist of the following:
- Adoptions Social Worker
- Child Welfare Services Social Worker
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
- Foster Parent(s)
- Other community representatives
- Youth’s parent(s) or Relatives
When a youth is removed from his or her home, moves to a foster home or relative placement, or returns home a Team Decision Making (TDM) meeting will be held. A TDM brings together people who are involved with the family to make a decision about the care and placement of the youth. TDM meetings focus on keeping the youth safe while preserving family and community connections.
Children are more likely to remain in their communities, neighborhoods, and schools.
Improved quality of decisions - more information, more ideas
Involves and gives a voice to families, caregivers, service providers, and community
People and places important to the youth are acknowledged and respected