C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) is a community-based prevention and diversion model utilizing High Fidelity Wraparound to serve families (primary caregivers) with a least one child under the age of 18 at risk for abuse, neglect, or abandonment. C.A.R.E.S. engages and builds upon families’ strengths using the Wraparound Principles to prevent children from entering or penetrating deeper into the formal child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.
C.A.R.E.S. identifies the family’s strengths and needs, convenes customized family team meetings inclusive of natural and community supports, and drafts an individualized and well-coordinated plan of care to improve family functioning and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The model focuses on family strengthening, using measurable goals and outcomes that result in family stabilization and preservation support so that children may remain in their homes, community, and schools free from system involvement.