Our Kids adopts the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI).
Young Parents Project
Electronic Information Exchange: Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care
First Health Fair for our young adult former foster youth
(link to AWARDS).
Our Kids of Miami-‐Dade and Monroe Inc. hosts an annual Foster and Adoptive Parent Conference which provides an opportunity for perspective foster and adoptive families to come and learn about fostering and adoption and the many resources that are available to interested families. The conference has been developed especially for foster and adoptive parents in Miami-‐Dade and Monroe counties and provides them with required in-‐service training hours so they can complete while attending the workshops. Topics to be discussed at the conference include:
The conference will includes a panel of judges in the morning, and a panel of provider CEOs at lunch. Caregivers advocate for the children’s needs and nurture their development, the conference is a way for Our Kids to ensure the provision of training, support and resources for foster and adoptive parents, which strengthens and mentors the child’s family and fosters permanent connections. This year Our Kids has partnered with the YMCA of Allapata to provide a day camp full of fun activities for the youth while the parents receive quality training throughout the day.
In Florida’s Dade and Monroe Counties, a prototype comprehensive electronic care record for children and youth is being tested among participating foster families that receive services through the lead agency for community-based care, Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe, Inc.. Relevant information from a number of entities (local school system, juvenile justice, court administrator, and state child welfare, Medicaid, and education agencies) flows into a data warehouse, where it is merged and used to populate the record called “Follow My Child.” This enhanced electronic passport is available to case workers and foster parents. As this prototype is being rolled out, participating foster parents are accessing the record frequently. The effort has been funded in a large part through cost savings being realized through the impact of better care coordination and improved family retention efforts, which is then poured into the technology development.
Our Kids sends out over 1,500 email notifications a month to foster parents to remind them of upcoming court hearings. Foster parent participation is critical to a child’s care and the juvenile judges used to constantly complain that the foster parents had not been informed about an upcoming court date. Now, 15 days in advance of an upcoming court date, an email is sent to a foster parent and another reminder 5 days before the court date. Using data from the court administration system, we match it to the child welfare system data. Foster parents “opt-in” to be notified and feedback has been extremely positive. Through an innovative data sharing agreement with the Miami Dade School System, Our Kids can now notify case managers and staff when a child has missed three consecutive days of school. This alerting system provides critical and timely alerts to staff and helps prevent a child from falling behind. Many times there is a simple solution such as a transportation problem that can be quickly solved when the community works together. A similar data sharing program between DCF and the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) has resulted in an early warning system for foster children on psychotropic drugs. Florida was cited in a GAO study in 2008 as having 22% of its foster care population on psychotropic drugs. Our Kids using a strict monitoring program have less than 13%. Using prescription claims data from AHCA and matching it with child welfare data, staff is able to closely monitor usage and track exceptions.