Introduction

San Diego is the southernmost and second most populous California County, with 2.7 million residents comprising 8.4 percent of the states population. Based on 2000 population estimates published by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), almost one-fourth (764,232) are children age 17 and under. The goal of CYFN is to address the needs of San Diego's most fragile and vulnerable children by using the Wraparound process.

The Wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children and families who have complex needs. It is not a program or type of service. The Wraparound process occurs in a way to work with individual children and families and as a developmental structure for family support systems.

The guiding principles of Wraparound state that these children and their families should have access to a comprehensive array of resources that address the individual child's physical, emotional, social, educational and cultural needs. Since the children and families will require long-term support, it is important that family and community supports be maximized so that lives do not continue to be system dependent. To enhance the CYFN Wraparound process and address the urgent needs of these children, supports must be developed with the unique values and culture of each family, and accessible where the families live; to do this will require additional service system components:

Children Youth and Family Network to date utilizes a Wraparound process that occurs on two levels the clinical Family Team that works with individual children and families and the Provider Network, as a structure for coordinating contracted provider services.

The Family Resource and Community Outreach Team (FRACO) has developed a third component to maximize long-term family support. This third component will enhance family team supports, complement the holistic and strength based activity of the Family Team and support the work of the Provider Network. In addition FRACO provides both formal and informal community based supports and has knowledge about resources and practices of the individual families from a community-based perspective.