March 2008Vol. 9, No. 2New Supervision Curriculum for Work With Foster Youth
Preparation for Adulthood—Supervising for Success is a new project of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) in collaboration with the Foster Care Coalition and the Child Welfare League of America. The goal of the project is to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a training curriculum for public child welfare supervisors. This curriculum is designed to strengthen supervision of staff interventions with older youth in foster care.
NRCFCPPP partnered with Oregon, New York City, and Mississippi to create a framework for professional development. The framework uses technology and small learning communities to enhance competence and incorporates three steps: discovery, engagement, and integration. During the discovery step, administrators, supervisors, and workers can download relevant information from the project website to prepare for the next step.
The engagement step utilizes the concept of learning circles, which are small, facilitated focused discussion groups. Each learning circle focuses on one of six core strategies:
- Develop and maintain positive permanent connections between youth and caring adults
- Actively engage youth in developing life skills that will prepare them for successful transition
- Relate to youth as resources rather than just recipients of services in the child welfare system
- Create and maintain environments that promote physical and emotional safety and well-being
- Value the individual strengths and uniqueness of each youth
- Involve a diverse array of stakeholders in the development of a comprehensive continuum of services and supports for youth transitioning out of the foster care system
During the integration step, supervisors can download on-the-job activities to use in their supervision to incorporate the concepts and strategies discussed in the learning circles.
Visit the website for more information and to download materials: