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Safe at Home

What is Safe at Home West Virginia?:

Safe at Home West Virginia is a state funded program providing temporary support to:

  • Reduce reliance on out-of-home settings and prevent re-entries into them
  • Ensure youth remain in (or return to) their community settings whenever safely possible
  • Reduce the number of children in placements out-of-state

Safe at Home West Virginia empowers families by utilizing an innovative Wraparound planning process including:

  • Trauma-informed assessments and planning focused on needs
  • Wraparound services that are individualized and coordinated
  • Evidence-based services and supports to improve long-term outcomes

FY22 Safe at Home Eligibility Definition:

Qualifying Criteria: System involved youth, age 9 to 18 years of age either in foster care placement or at imminent risk of foster care entry; or, for a child aged 5 and older who is an adopted child or is in a legal guardianship arrangement which is at risk of disruption. 

AND

The applicant demonstrates dysfunctional p atterns of behavior due to exposure to trauma as indicated in the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool. 

AND

The family/caregiver demonstrates significant need(s) in at least one of the following areas, as indicated in the CANS assessment tool:

  • Knowledge of needs and service options;
  • Discipline; or
  • Family stress

How does Safe at Home West Virginia work?:

  • Referrals are made to BCF Workers and can be made by a variety of community members, which may include BCF staff, members of the judicial system, healthcare providers, educators, probation agencies, and law enforcement
  • BCF Regional Program Managers determine eligibility and refer eligible cases to a Local Coordinating Agency (LCA) providing SAH wraparound services
  • The LCA assigns a Wraparound Facilitator, who quickly begins coordination with the family, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), the Child and Family Team, and community partners
  • The Wraparound Facilitator works with the family to create an individualized Crisis Plan and Wraparound Plan, which are actively followed through regular contact
  • Formal and informal services and supports are arranged after a thoughtful planning process based on the family’s specific needs
  • As the family becomes increasingly successful over the course of approximately 9 months, formal supports and services are replaced with informal (community-based and family) supports.

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