Caregiver Retention, Education and Support program

Caregiver Retention, Education and Support program

DCYF and the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence have signed a new agreement, which supports the launch of the Caregiver Retention, Education, and Support (CaRES) program on Monday, March 15. This program replaces the old Fostering Together setup.

DCYF announced that under this partnership, the Alliance will be providing:

  • Management of prospective foster parents inquiries  
  • First Placement Support
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Robust Resources
  • Ways to connect on social media
  • Foster Intervention, Retention, and Support Team (FIRST)

Save the date: 3/30/21 6pm-8pm

DCYF plans to host a Virtual Launch on Tuesday, March 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to introduce the Caregiver Recruitment and Retention team.

The Alliance also sent out an announcement on the new program, copied below – at the end they ask for caregiver input in their survey. Please tell them what you want!

When the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence was formed nearly a decade ago, providing training and education to caregivers in support of positive outcomes for families was central to our mission. As we have grown, so has our capacity to support the caregiving community, which is why we are so excited to have been selected to lead Caregiver Retention, Education and Support (CaRES) in partnership with DCYF.
The gap in service since July 2020 has probably left many of you feeling unsupported. We are diligently working to resource this program and launch March 15.
We see this partnership as an opportunity to build on and strengthen the work the Alliance is already doing, and to fulfill your unmet needs. We have a breadth of resources available to support you with individualized and group options. Our trainers already have robust relationships in your local communities, and this program will allow us to formalize and expand the help they have been offering.
Our team will walk alongside you at all points of the caregiver journey, whether you are inquiring about the program, or have your first placed child, or are a seasoned caregiver who needs help with a new situation. This work will be guided by Program Manager Jean Brownell, who started her career supporting caregivers and has been committed to the work for 20 years as well as to continuing to learn with you. She will be working with the Administrator of the Alliance’s Caregiver Training and Education program, Michael Tyers, to ensure a comprehensive continuum of support.
The vision for this program is grounded in our values of inclusivity and cooperation. Cultural responsiveness is a priority, and we aim to work with you to keep children connected to their culture and place of origin, and provide a community of support. We also will work to evolve through your feedback, listening to where you find challenges either with in-home circumstances or within the system. Under this partnership, the Alliance will be providing support, mentorship, robust resources, and ways to connect on social media. The FIRST (Foster Intervention and Retention Support Team) Program will be available as soon as the program launches. Another immediate goal will be building out ways for you to connect with other caregivers and the Alliance.
We would love to hear your input as we begin the program development. Please take our brief survey and share your thoughts:

For more information about CaRES, contact Jean Brownell, at  [email protected].

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