About Wraparound Services

Each county is required to develop a training plan to support their wraparound programs. These workshops-for-counties formally involved in adopting the wraparound process-can be scheduled through wraparound consultants at the California Department of Social Services Child Welfare Services Bureau. Please contact your state consultant for available training resources. State consultants must authorize all training for wraparound services.

Required training includes these workshops.

Basics of Wraparound
Two days

Understanding and implementing the principles and practice implications of wraparound is essential for its successful use with children with special needs and their families. The workshop covers key wraparound concepts and strategies.

Topics include
  • family-centered practice
  • strengths-based approach
  • needs driven services
  • practice shift at multiple levels
  • overcoming barriers to wraparound
  • strategies for implementing wraparound

Participants develop an understanding of the philosophy and practice of wraparound services.

Skills for Facilitating Wraparound
Two days

The success of wraparound services for a child and family depends on the development of the wraparound plan. Mentored by professional trainers and coached by parent guides, the workshop allows cross-system teams to experience the process of wraparound planning.

Topics include

  • family strengths inventory
  • team strengths
  • family as the center of wraparound
  • team development
  • individualized planning process
  • team process
  • successful wraparound facilitators

Participants develop skills to create individualized, strengths-based, needs-driven plans that reflect the inclusion of informal support and flexible funding.

Prerequisite: Basics of Wraparound

Creating Community for Wraparound
Full day

Creating community that supports wraparound is essential for its success. This session assists agency leaders through training and planning to address a variety of issues.

Topics include

  • comprehensive systems change
  • using visioning in creating systems reform
  • infrastructure development that supports practice reform
  • system support for family-centered, strengths-based services

Participants are able to conceptualize and plan for system support and changes needed to facilitate wraparound.


Wraparound services do not provide new funding. However, funds previously used to maintain children in residential care are now used to flexibly meet the family's needs.