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