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MFM: A Comprehensive Approach

From preventative strategies to transitional and permanency solutions, the Mockingbird Family Model offers a comprehensive support structure for families and children across the continuum of the child welfare experience:

  • Children and Youth ages birth to 21 years
  • Birth Families
  • Formal and Informal Kinship Caregivers
  • Foster Families
  • Foster-to-Adopt Families
  • Adoptive and Chosen Families

Keeping Families Together
The Mockingbird Family Model creates a support network around families with the goal of keeping families together and reducing the number of children entering the foster care system. The Hub Home family helps birth parents and kinship caregivers effectively navigate systems and access community resources:

  • Respite/child care and navigation of social service systems for birth families and kinship caregivers
  • Peer mentoring and coaching in the context of a social network (Effective Parenting, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution) to stabilize families and prevent crisis situations

Restructuring Foster Care
The Mockingbird Family Model offers innovative solutions for some of the most frequent problems facing children in the foster care system.

  • Relationship-based planned and crisis respite care that prevents placement disruptions, provides a safe space for relationship pacing, and reduces caregiver burnout
  • Peer mentoring and coaching to eliminate the feeling of isolation caregivers often experience, facilitate conflict resolution and problem solving, and increase placement stabilization
  • Support for children to maintain connections with siblings and birth families while experiencing the safety, stability, and well-being associated with an extended family

Stabilizing and Supporting Transitions
The Mockingbird Family Model places a special focus on issues of permanency - including early reunification, adoption, and preparing youth for a healthy transition to adulthood.

  • Early Reunification: Supporting families so kids can transition back home quickly
  • Foster-to-Adopt: Helping children form relationships with potential adoptive families and supporting the transition process
  • Transition to Adulthood: Preparing foster youth for a successful future and providing support as they transition into adulthood.

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