Adherence to solid principles guide Alta Care Resources to make decisions that are in the best interests of every unique child and family we serve
CARE Model Principles
01. Developmentally Focused
“Resiliency is a capacity all youth have for healthy development and successful learning.”
All children have the same basic requirements for growth and development, progress varies from child to child. This is accomplished by:
a. teaching new skills in deficit areas,
b. creating opportunities for the child to practice these new skills with adult assistance, and
c. adapting the environment so that children can succeed.
02. Family Involved
The family of every child is an irremovable part of that child’s life irrespective of circumstances. Children need permanent ties to caring and nurturing adults. One of the goals of service delivery is to strengthen family relationships.
03. Relationship Based
The most significant task in service delivery is for staff to develop a trusting relationship with each child and parent. A person’s ability to form personal strength and manifestation of resiliency associated with healthy development and success in their life. Relationships also increase influence and cooperation.
04. Trauma Informed
If caregivers understand what has happened to children and families and comprehend the effects of violence, power and control has on their development, it helps keep the milieu focused on providing order and learning experiences versus demanding compliance and control. This requires a shift in thinking from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”. This also requires changing perceptions of “attention seeking behaviour” to “attachment seeking behaviour”.
05. Ecological Oriented
Caring and supportive environments provide children and families with a model of how to care for themselves and others. Environmental supports should be matched to the child’s needs and changing qualities to maximize the child’s and family’s growth. It is much more reasonable to change the approach or manipulate the environment or activity than it is to demand that the child or family make a change that may not be in their capacity to do so.
06. Competence Centered
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