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JOINT INITIATIVES FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

Definition of Terms

Collaboration –
A mutually beneficial relationship where multiple stakeholders engage in a process of shared understanding and problem solving to create new ways of responding to social problems.  In Joint Initiatives, member agencies create alliances to improve outcomes for children and their families.

Collaborative Management Process (or Program) –
A process engaging multiple, diverse organizations which utilizes input, expertise, and active participation of a youth or family member.  WAY for Families (HB1451) in El Paso County specifically addresses the needs of children and their families who are involved with multiple agencies.

Cradle to Prison Pipeline –
A complex array of social and economic factors, as well as political choices, that converge to reduce the odds that poor children will grow up to become productive adults.  These factors include: limited access to health and mental health services, underperforming schools, child welfare and juvenile justice systems that are in need of some reforms and an unsupportive cultural environment.

Formal Supports –
Services and supports provided by professionals or other individuals who are “paid to care.”  They may be under a structure of requirements for which there is oversight by state or federal agencies or national professional associations.

Natural Supports –
Non-system individuals or organizations in the family’s own community, family, social, or spiritual networks, such as friends, ministers, neighbors, coaches, and so forth.

Outcomes –
Results that can be observed and measured and demonstrate that the services or activities made a difference. 

Silo or Siloed –
Services or supports that do not interact or are not coordinated, resulting in duplication and/or fragmentation of services and increased costs.

Wraparound Model (or Process) –
A process of service integration for youth with complex needs, and their families.  It is a planning process that brings people together from different parts of the whole family’s life and coordinates their activities.  The individualized plan is developed by a family-centered team, based on the strengths and culture of the family, and driven by needs rather than services.

Wraparound Team -
A group of people, chosen with the family and connected to them through natural, community, and formal support relationships, who develop and implement the family's plan, address unmet needs, and work toward the family's vision.









Children need strong families and communities who work together to keep children safely at home, whenever possible.