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Matching Children and Support Families

Every child has unique needs.  Every Support Family has unique capacities. The challenge is finding the right match between the needs of a particular child and the capacities and circumstances of a particular Support Family, then putting together the right combination of in-home supports and services needed for that child and Support Family to thrive.

Successful matching includes a variety of tasks that a provider agency or other responsible entity must coordinate:

  • Gathering and comparing information about a child and potential Support Families to discover promising “leads”
  • Arranging initial meetings between the child’s parents/guardian, potential Support Family and the child
  • Arranging multiple pre-placement visits of sufficient length and frequency to allow the child and chosen Support Family to get to know one another
  • Determining the specific in-home services and supports that are needed for a successful placement of a particular child in a particular Support Family’s home
  • Determining parent or guardian agreement with the match

Taking the time to find the right match contributes to successful, long-term placements of children with Support Families.   Placing children too quickly or without sufficient attention to a “good fit” places children and families at risk, and increases the chance of crises or failures.



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Elements of Successful Matching



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