intensive services foster care(ISFC) ISFC provides intensive clinical services with specialty trained foster families for emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged youth. ISFC served its first placement in 1999 and has since then served 325 youth, with 90% successful placements based on the following outcomes: • Stabilized family placement • Diversion from a higher level of institutional care Wraparound Foster Care(WFC) WFC is a highly successful promising practice program which incorporates evidence-based elements, including a structured behavioral management system to support emotionally and/ or behaviorally challenged children/ youth as they work to reunify with family, a more permanent placement or transition to adult independence. Since these services started, WFC has served 451 children/youth and 89% of the program days purchased were successful based on: • Stabilized family placement • Diversion from a higher level of institutional care • Reunification or successful transition to independent living davis Some kids get a raw deal through no fault of their own. Davis was one of those kids. He first landed in foster care when his parents were arrested for drug use. At the time, Davis’ aunt and uncle stepped forward to give him a home. But Davis’ tide would turn again. After years with the family, Davis’ uncle was arrested for domestic violence and his aunt, traumatized, could no longer care for Davis. Severely traumatized due to many life disruptions and living in an unsafe home, Davis, at 15, was again placed into foster care. Recognizing that all his hurt manifested itself into a lot of anger and mistrust, Davis was placed into a therapeutic foster home with intensive support services in an effort to help him heal. Davis came into care like a caged animal—wild eyed and on the defense. He didn’t trust anyone—not his team or his foster parents. The first objective of care was to create an environment where Davis could feel comfortable instead of cornered. Davis’ foster parents used soft lighting, calm voices and decreased stimuli, so that Davis could relax while at home. They also established consistency regarding his schedule and their expectations. While everything took time and lots of patience, eventually Davis’ prickliness was replaced by soft smiles and engaging comments. Davis’ mental wellbeing was a major concern for his team, but they learned that traditional therapy wasn’t a good fit for him. The team had to get creative. After discussing different options, they finally settled on art therapy and Davis agreed to give it a try. Together with a therapist, Davis began exploring the world of art, trying different mediums to find one that would help him not only express himself, but also process all of the hurts he’d experienced. Davis loved working with charcoal, giving himself over to the creative process and finding a voice he never knew he had. In care, Davis grew in ways he never expected. As a more confident and engaging kid, Davis was able to focus more at school, improving his grades, making new friends and finding his niche in art. As Davis nears his 16th birthday, his team is working to secure him placement in Transitional Housing, knowing that Davis will continue to grow towards independence. With the support of his newfound self, and his foster parents and team, Davis is ready to take on the next leg of his life’s journey. 2017-2018 Outcomes Children/Youth Served 13 Total Placement Days 2,874 Successful Placement Days 100% 2017-2018 Outcomes Children/Youth Served 11 Total Placement Days 2,682 Successful Placement Days 87% 14