The Safe & Connected™ Model
Safe & Connected™ is KVC’s integrated child welfare practice model. Safe & Connected provides a structured way to make decisions with and for the children and families served by the child welfare, juvenile justice and related systems. The model emphasizes organizing information in order to promote critical thinking and collaboration with the family and other stakeholders. This ensures a comprehensive, balanced assessment of risk with the outcomes of improved child safety, wellbeing and permanency.
Sue Lohrbach, Executive Director of the KVC Institute, is the developer of Safe & Connected. She has many years of experience training both public and private agencies on how to use it, including spending the last two years helping KVC staff across the U.S. improve their thinking and decision-making using the tool. Lohrbach has also trained several of KVC’s community partners on Safe & Connected. The model has a wide range of benefits such as children being in foster care for shorter amounts of time and increased collaborative practice and decision-making.
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Safe & Connected In the News
Check out some of the latest articles on this topic:
- New Software Digitizes Case Planning, Benefitting Families (April 2016)
- KVC Helps Prevent Nebraska Youth from Entering Juvenile Detention (Sept. 2015)
- KVC Leaders to Present Safe & Connected Outcomes at FFTA Conference (Aug. 2015)
- Addiction: Everything You Think You Know About It Is Wrong (July 2015)
- West Virginia Learns More about KVC’s Safe & Connected Model (Mar. 2015)
- Safe & Connected Training to Be Offered in West Virginia (Jan. 2015)
If you or your organization is interested in learning more about how KVC uses Safe & Connected or how it can help your agency help children and families, contact Sue Lohrbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.