Comprehensive Wraparound Social Services for High-Risk Teen Parents & Their Families
  Wraparound Concept

The EMU Wraparound Project proudly served 42 clients from March 2009 to December 2010.

The project used wraparound, a strengths-based, individualized team process, to serve young parents, ages 13-21, in Michigan’s Oakland and Washtenaw counties, who were at-risk for or experiencing at least one of the following:

  • Homelessness: Individuals who lacked a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
  • Court Involvement: Individuals who were involved in the court system, documented as at-risk for involvement (e.g. were in prevention program or had been given warning), and/or were within one year of dismissal from the court system.
  • Foster Care/Aging Out: Individuals who were involved in foster care, within one year of having aged out, and/or at-risk for out-of-home placements.
  • Mental Health Issues: Included individuals with an severely emotionally disturbed (SED) diagnosis or a likely mental health condition pending diagnosis.

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What is Wraparound?

Wraparound is a strengths-based, highly individualized planning process aimed at helping clients put together a team in order to achieve important outcomes and meet their complex needs (both in and out of formal human services systems). This process strives to help the client remain in his/her home and community, whenever possible.

In each county, a trained facilitator meets with the client to identify his/her immediate and long-term needs.  This often involves crisis support at first, followed by a long-term plan to provide support to meet the unique needs of each young parent. Client strengths are identified and a team of caring family members, friends, mentors, and agencies are assembled to support the teen parent and his/her child/children in moving towards a self-identified positive outcome.

Click here for more information on a wraparound handbook for families.

What is unique about wraparound?

A Child and Family Team is formed, comprised of the client (and family), client’s natural supports, and formal agencies. This team creates a plan together that will use the client and family’s strengths to achieve goals and objectives identified by the client and family. With the Child and Family Team and the strengths-based, individualized plan, the client and/or family will become more independent and form a lasting network of natural supports.

EMU Wraparound Project Funding:

Eastern Michigan University's College of Education received two federal earmark grant from the Department of Justice to support and learn from this focused effort for the at-risk teen parents of Oakland and Washtenaw counties. Further information is available from the co- directors, Dr. Karen Carney and/or Dr. Derrick Fries.

Federal Earmark Grant

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