Presenting the Practice - November Units of Service Meeting for SWAN Post-Permanency Services
The topic of the November Post-Permanency Units of Service Meeting was exploring the four Post-permanency units of service. Affiliate workers in attendance had the opportunity to share their activities and ways their agencies work with families who call Helpline for services.
Case Advocacy is the primary unit of SWAN Post-Permanency services; 97 percent of families who call for services have been referred for case advocacy. Affiliate workers and families develop a Family Support Plan to help families meet their goals and then request Case Advocacy to meet those needs.
One of the questions most asked of Post-permanency technical assistants is “What can we do with the Case Advocacy unit?” At the meeting, affiliate workers across the state shared what they do. Some examples include:
- Supporting the family on their permanency journey
- Identifying and linking the family to resources and supports
- Helping the family understand trauma, trauma responses and child development
- Helping the family learn self-care activities
- Attending meetings with the family (i.e., IEP, CAASP, etc.)
- Child and family preparation activities
The list is certainly not all-inclusive, since each family is unique and has different needs. Feel free to ask your regional technical assistant and Post-permanency program technical assistant if you have any questions about the Case Advocacy unit of service.