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Getting Started

Karri Biehle and Michael Sanders

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Introduce Yourself!
Name
Agency
Role
Whats Happening in your
County?
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What is an ICEBREAKER?

A meeting between the caregiver and the birth parent


facilitated by the social worker. It occurs early in the
placement.

Goals:
Begin to build the parent to parent relationship
Share information about the child

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Why Icebreakers?
To share information about the child
To help transition the child to a new placement
To begin building a relationship between the
birth parent and the foster parent
To help to create a cooperative environment
between birth parent, foster parent
and social worker

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A Plan for
Implementation
Your Icebreaker workgroup will create and
make decisions about:

Policy
Education and Training
Logistics

Icebreakers

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Workgroup
Who will take the lead on preparing for
Icebreaker implementation?

RDS Workgroup? TDM Workgroup?

Icebreaker Workgroup?
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Who will you invite to
participate on the workgroup?
Youth
Birth Parent
Resource Parent
Social Worker Supervisor
Social Worker
Foster Family Agency Representative

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Policy
Things to Consider
Voluntary or mandatory?
Who will facilitate the meeting?
When will the meeting occur?
What data will you collect?
How will you collect your data?
What are each participants responsibilities?

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Education and Training
Create a Plan for Preparing and Training
Parents, Resource Parents, Supervisors, Social Workers,
Foster Family Agency Staff, Courts, Attorneys,
Community Partners and others
Prepare social workers to assess birth parent and
resource parents readiness for different contact types
Distribute brochures and flyers
Icebreakers
101

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Video

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Logistics
Things to Consider
What type of contact will occur if a face to face Icebreaker is
not appropriate?
Where will meetings occur?
How will you collect and analyze feedback?

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What are your next steps?

WHO?
WHAT?

WHEN?

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