Vol. 16, No. 2 • May 2012

Child and Family Team Meetings in North Carolina

Child and family team meetings (CFTs) are meetings where DSS brings birth family members and their community supports together to create, implement, and update a plan with the child, youth, and family. CFTs are structured discussions that seek to ensure child safety and build on the strengths of the child, youth, and family and address their needs, desires, and dreams.

Child and family team meetings—commonly referred to as CFTs—are one of the most important techniques used by the child welfare system in North Carolina. In recognition of this fact, this issue of Fostering Perspectives explores ideas and strategies that can make it easier for foster parents and others to understand and support the success of CFTs. We hope you'll find the information and perspectives shared here helpful as you continue to serve children and their families.

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CFTs Can Be Golden Opportunities
What You Should Know about CFTs in North Carolina
Benefits of CFTs: What the Research Says by Dr. Joan Pennell

A CFT Resource You Should Know About

Successful CFTs: What Foster Parents Can Do to Help

What Birth Families Want from CFTs

Kids' Pages
Youth in care explain who they would invite to a CFT, and why
A Kinship Foster Parent's Perspective on CFTs
CFTs Through the Eyes of a Facilitator
SaySo Believes in the Promise of CFTs
SaySo Turns 14
A Reader Asks
Can I still get an adoption tax credit?
Can't Adopt But Want to Help?
Help Us Find Families for These Children

The North Carolina Child Treatment Program

Writing Contest

References cited in this issue

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