HFWA works for youth and families in many situations, and each team may look different. In order to gain a sense of why it might work for your family, here are the guiding principles we follow every day from the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI).
Family voice and choice
We ask each family and youth/child’s point of view for all phases of the HFWA process. The family members’ views is the center of all planning. The team does their best to give options so the plan reflects family values.
The HFWA team includes people the family agrees to. These chosen people commit to the family through informal, formal, and community support and service relationships.
The team actively seeks full involvement of team members. The team members come from family members’ networks of social and community relationships. The HFWA plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support.
Team members work together. They share responsibility for creating, fulfilling, watching and assessing a single HFWA plan. The plan reflects a blending of team members’ viewpoints, instructions and resources. The plan guides each team member’s work towards meeting the team’s goals.
The HFWA team uses service and support plans that take place in the most inclusive, most open and least limiting settings possible. That also safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.
The HFWA process shows respect for and builds on the values, beliefs, culture and identity of the child/youth and family, as well as their community.
To achieve the goals laid out in the HFWA plan, the team creates and uses a personalized set of plans, supports and services.
The HFWA process and plan identify, build on, and improve the child’s, family’s, their community, and other team members':
Unconditional careA HFWA team does not give up on, blame, or reject children, youth, and their families. When faced with a challenge, the team keeps working to meet the needs of the youth and family. They continue towards achieving the goals in the HFWA plan. When the team agrees a formal HFWA process is no longer needed, then they stop.
The team ties the goals and ideas of the HFWA plan to signs they can observe or measure for success. The team monitors progress in these terms and revises the plan when needed.
For a more in depth overview of HFWA, visit the National Wraparound Initiative site.