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Santa Barbara County

Wraparound is a State initiated and State/County funded program intended to keep children in their own homes and communities who would otherwise be placed in out-of-home care settings such as residential treatment programs or group homes. 

How it Works

This goal is accomplished by bringing together a unique team of professionals and family supporters known as the child and family team (CFT) who help develop a plan that builds on the family’s strengths and uses natural supports along with community resources.  The Wraparound motto is doing “whatever it takes” to keep the child and family together safely

Once enrolled in Wraparound, children/youth typically remain in the program for a year or more though each family’s unique needs determine the length of stay.  Wraparound is considered a process not a service and, from the beginning of the process, the goal of Wraparound is for families to continue to succeed once formal supports (involvement of the CFT) has ended. 

Who is Eligible

Children in jeapordy of being placed out of home or who are returning home from a placement.  Referrals for Wraparound are made through Santa Barbara County Social Services Agency, Probation, and Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services. 

Wraparound Life Domains

Following the Ten Principles of Wraparound, the program takes a unique approach to working with youth and families having the most acute and complex needs in the county.  While taking a family-driven, needs-focused, strength-based approach, the Wraparound team comprised of a Family Facilitator, Parent Partner, and Family Specialist works with the CFT to address the family’s needs in twelve life domains:

  • Safety
  • Family
  • Social/Friends
  • Emotional/Behavioral
  • Education/Vocation
  • Work
  • Money
  • Housing
  • Health/Medical
  • Cultural/Spiritual
  • Legal
  • Recreation

The CFT team develops a Mission Statement as well as a Safety and Crisis Plan and a Plan of Care - all are constantly reviewed and revised as the family needs change throughout the process.  Following a competitive bid process in 2006, the Santa Barbara County Social Services Agency awarded an exclusive Wraparound contract to Casa Pacifica.  The program capacity is 25 families.

Brittany Nelson, PsyD, RPT-S, LMFT 53290
Program Manager, Wraparound
Phone: (805) 319-7560
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