Ftm support Team Meeting Minutes 12 May 2008

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FTM Support Team

Meeting Minutes

12 May 2008


The regular meeting of the FTM Support Team was called to order at 10:00 on 12 May 2008 at the Methodist Home for Children, Macon by Betsy Lerner and Audrey Richards. The agenda was distributed and reviewed.

In Attendance:

Sharon Wilson

Angela Collins

Sue Richards

Sonia Ladd

Jacqueline Gray-Thomas

Kimberly Chambers

Jurusha Andrew

Shirley Knighton Yelverton

Lucille Brown

Linda Campo

Ebony Harris

LaTonion Kitchens

Kristal Jones

Shauneen Moss

Cedric Cornish

Cynthia Barnes

Mary Jane Banks

Robin Valentino

Amanda Purgason

Hilda Dutton

Peggy Kopf

Pattie Powers

Tia Henry

Erica Durham

Joe Rehberg

Cheryl Hicks

Tracy Nelson

Barbara Hall

Henry Woodall

Bridgette Robbins

Teresa Towery

Andy Johnson

Andy Kogerma

Betsy Lerner

Chris Wright

Gwendolyn Holmes

Shawn Brown

Tami Lindsay

Calvin Wheeler

Cynthia McMillian

Estelline Beamon

Sharon Carson

Rochelle Gould-Davis

Reginald Rozier

Jacquie Wallace

Antionette Noble-Webb

Lori Sewer

Adrienne Watts

Joy Bradley

Keesha Reid

Sheila Norman

Jessica Adams

Audrey Richards

Montaneish Smith

Special Guests: Area VII ILP Team

Estelline Beamon, Ebony Harris, Sue Richards, Angela Collins, and Sharon Wilson

Contact Information: Sharon Wilson sfwilson@dhr.state.ga.us

Region VII Regional Resource Coordinator

P O Box 487

Wrens GA 30833

Fax: 706-547-0658

A copy of the presentation will be posted on the website.

Area VII ILP Team Presentation Engaging Teens/ILP FTM

Important points

  • Written Transitional Living Plans (WTLP) should be done every six months

  • Plan should address the five ILP Outcome areas: Education, Employment, Housing, Health, and Supportive Relationships

  • FTM better serve youth in care because it links them to educational planning, employment preparation, and it gives all involved with the child the opportunity to see how they fit into his/her life and it gives the child aging out of care to state permanency goals.

  • CFSR reviews have found WTLPs are not being done for youth 14-17 years old. The FTM process can develop these plans.

  • Timing of the FTM is critical in order to have maximum participation with key people.

  • Youth involved in FTM should sign their authorizations because it gives them ownership and the opportunity to learn skills needed as adults

  • Modified step in the FTM: During the Family Story step, ask the child to tell the team something about him/herself and what their future goals are, rather than how they became involved with the agency

  • Address any safety or risk factors that directly relate to the youth, unless there is a reunification plan in place
  • Three Critical Transition Components 1. Providing legal information and documentation to the child such as birth certificates, social security cards. 2. Personal and Cultural Identity 3. Life Skills, demonstrating ADLs

  • ILP Challenge Areas: SED youth and parenting youth

  • There does not need to be a final decision made by the youth to start engaging him/her or doing the work to ensure he/she will have a permanent home.

  • Permanency packets can be found at fosterclub.org

Old Business

FTM evaluations by Families and Staff: Discussion was lead by Shawn Brown and Andy Johnson, State FTM Trainers.

Action Item: Andy Johnson will review the evaluations collected at the November 2007 meeting and make changes as needed and develop evaluation forms for family and staff to use after an FTM.

FTM Curricula Updates: Discussion was led by Audrey Richards and Betsy Lerner. They explained how the curriculum will be revised and rewritten in some areas and how the Advisory team assigned to gather data and input will develop training that will address the needs of key groups i.e. facilitators, Directors, supervisors, providers, etc.

The training that is developed will also include a field practice component and the training will focus on competencies needed for effective participation in FTM and to address and meet CFSR standards.

Action Item: State members are to send recommendations and ideas for field practice components and curriculum to the FTM trainers assigned as contact person for their region.

Regions 1, 2, 3, and 17 (North of Atlanta) Andy Johnson anjohnson@dhr.state.ga.us

Regions 13, 14, 15, 16, 5, 2 (East to West) Sonia Ladd skladd@dhr.state.ga.us

Regions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (South) Gwynne Holmes gwholmes@dhr.state.ga.us

Regions 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (Central/East) Shawn Brown shbrown2@dhr.state.ga.us

New Business

Andy Kogerma has been reassigned to the training unit. He was presented with an FTM Champion Award by the State FTM trainers.

Andy Kogerma presented advanced training, entitled “Facilitating Dominators”. The training discussed how teams/groups develop and function as well as identified positive and negative team member behaviors and ways to manage those behaviors, especially behaviors that are disruptive during facilitation.

A copy of the Power Point Presentation will be posted on the website.

Agenda for Next Meeting

  • FTM evaluation forms (Andy J)

  • Discussion of mentoring to include standards and suggestions for mentors

  • Group discussion of mentoring to include what group wants from a mentor; standards and suggestions for mentors

  • Curriculum Advisory Committee Update

  • Regional Updates

  • Revisit purpose of the State FTM Team and what needs to be addressed during meetings


Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 by Betsy Lerner. The next meeting will be at 10:00 on July 7, 2008, at the Methodist Home in Macon.

Minutes submitted by: Gwynne Holmes

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