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Team Parentingâ„¢ is our unique therapeutic approach to children and young people in care, bringing together the caregiver(s) and a range of qualified professionals to support an individual.
We believe caregivers are the â€˜agents of changeâ€™ for the child and our Team Parentingâ„¢ process ensures that the focus of the resources for the placement center on the developmental wellbeing of the child, the stability of their placement and improving their educational development.
As part of KeyÂ Assets International, a global brand encompassing foster care and community care agencies across four continents, we base our approach to foster care on the worldwide success of the Team Parentingâ„¢ approach and its effectiveness in positively impacting both trauma and attachment behaviors, and the provision of quality care in a family or community setting.
Team Parentingâ„¢ aims to address the therapeutic needs of children and youth in care. It involves an assigned therapist directing a team to support children in placement, which is made up of the caregivers and various professionals who specialize in different fields.
A Team Parentingâ„¢ meeting may be held to discuss a childâ€™s needs before a placement or shortly after it begins.
The Team Parentingâ„¢ team will consist of a variety of different support service workers including:
Through the experience of Key Assets International, the success of Team Parentingâ„¢ has proven that even the smallest specialist intervention from one of these professional support services can make all the difference to a foster care placement.
Caregivers, which in our case are the Therapeutic Child Support staff, have a vital role as â€˜agents of changeâ€™. By this, we mean that caregivers have the extended responsibility to deliver the therapeutic care directly to the child or youth.
Team Parentingâ„¢ support services are not intended to replace the responsibilities of the caregiver; instead they extend and enhance them.