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A Synopsis of the Existing FCPS-DFS School-based Delivery Model

A summary of the Fairfax County Public Schools - Department of Family Services partnership model to help at-risk and multi-system families.

The following information is based on a 9/30/09 Collaborative Plan presented at Nexus Opportunities 10/2009 by the working group from Fairfax County Department of Family (DFS) Services and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). It was adopted and is piloted this year in  our area at the “Learning Cottage”  nesting near MVHS.

OBJECTIVE

To provide unified delivery of services to at-risk and multi-system families in a school-based setting by leveraging partnerships between agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations and the community.

DEFINITION

This collaborative model joins family resources and existing County and Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) services to 

  • Address families and children's needs
  • Increase the families' capacity to support their children in school.
  • Involve other available resources, public and private, in  support of families and children.

The result is a support system to empower children to succeed in school and  to assist families  through a single assessment and integrated service plan. Services may be provided at the school or at a site near the school.

GOALS

  • To improve academic, health, and social outcomes  for children and their families
  • To promote the healthy growth and development of children by  assisting  families to identify  and address  home  or community barriers  to a child's success in school
  • To ensure that families have access to and are connected with appropriate  community resources  and receive needed help.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Single entry point
  • Single assessments
  • Integrated services planning
  • Customized service
  • Streamlined  service
  • Assurance that services follow the child
  • Increased parent involvement
  • Enhanced 0-5 programming
  • Co-located human service staff
  • Pooled resources
  • Projected outcomes
  • Increased school attendance
  • Early identification of children with special needs
  • Increased parental involvement with schools
  • Integrated services &
  • Improved nutrition.

The future is about school collaboration with other resources: a nexus among many, in fact, which is reflected in shared resources. The BOS-FCPS Smart Services led the way to finding ways to share funds and to collaboratively improve system economies and efficiencies. The Beeman Commission Plan, adopted by the BOS in early 2010 gave legal texture to collaborative ideas already in motion. You might invite Dan to talk about Smart Services outcomes when he comes to talk about other things.

NEXUS 8 -  CONFERENCE ON

APRIL 21ST 2012 AT  BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL

2709  POPKINS LANE

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA 22306

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Did you know that May 9 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day?

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