Maple Star Colorado’s KEEP Program

Mission: to assist families in working toward a safe and stable home, equipped with the necessary tools for immediate and future use

Goals

  • Secure safety in the home
  • Help families satisfy immediate needs of the household
  • Link families to essential community resources
  • Communicate with related counties in the interest of the families

KEEP stands for Key Essential Elements of Permanency and is a removal prevention and reunification program.  Maple Star has provided these services through the KEEP program since October 1, 2012.  Maple Star created and implemented this program to assist families and officials of participating counties and states in achieving and maintaining stability in the home and creating permanency for the related children.

Through an emphasis on family engagement, the KEEP program focuses on family strengths in an effort to identify their challenges, engage the families in the process, and work to create self-sufficiency. The success of the program rests on this premise and is further enhanced by the availability of the KEEP staff as well as the creativity they provide in responding to a family’s needs.  A strength of the KEEP program is the ability to work with families in their home communities which defuses resistance and creates alignment and follow through on the part of the family.

The KEEP program is not portrayed as part of the system trying to control the family’s behaviors. It is a strengths-based program that works in collaboration with the family.

The KEEP program’s success is due to the following strategies that are included in all interventions.

  • Two on-call workers are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to take referrals, with a response time of up to two hours, depending on the family’s needs.
  • KEEP’s prongs of service enable professionals and families involved to choose the level of service that is most beneficial to the client.
    • Removal Prevention: this prong offers up to 50 hours of direct client contact to span 2 weeks or 30 days to help mitigate safety concerns, that may lead to removal of the children, and maintain stability in the home for the youth and their family.
    • Reunification: this prong offers up to 50 hours of direct client contact to span 30-60 days to assist youth and the respective families with needs and concerns specific to maintaining the safety and stability in the home.
  • Through each of these aspects of the KEEP program, KEEP offers services that include but are not limited to the following:
    • Connecting with professionals, medical professionals, schools, and others to meet the needs of the family.
    • Connection with community resources to assist with familial needs to include: mortgage or financial assistance, household or concrete needs such as infant items, child care options and financial assistance.
    • Liaison and advocacy services for the family, as well as education around self-empowerment
    • Educating families in identifying and accessing community resources which include: family support lines, crisis lines, medical help lines, and others.
    • Crisis intervention
    • Assisting with household structure to include routine and safety.
    • Providing parenting education as well as child development information
    • Psycho-education around tools of self-regulation and coping.
    • Necessary transportation
    • Unscheduled and scheduled family visits
    • Detailed notes and prompt communication with caseworker
    • Attendance of relevant appointments, staffings, and court dates