Case Management

Roots & Wings’ case management program is designed to promote self-sufficiency in young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system in New Jersey. Clients served by the case management program are between the ages of 17 and 25 that have been involved with the child welfare system.  In order to be eligible to receive case management services, they do not need to have been in out-of-home placement at the time they aged out. Any youth that has experienced ANY out-of-home placement initiated by DCP&P in his or her lifetime is eligible to receive case management services.

What IS Case Management?
Roots & Wings’ case management program is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for the necessary options and services that meet the client’s individual needs. Through communication, connection to available resources and ongoing support, the case management team provides the means for the clients to become well-adjusted, self-sufficient adults.

What does a young person in this program receive?
The Case Manager will provide intensive advocacy and case management services utilizing the Casey Life Skills tools and curriculum, as well as other assessment tools and strategies. The client is assessed on nine domains:

  • career planning
  • communication
  • daily living
  • home life
  • housing and money management
  • self care
  • social relationships
  • work life
  • work & study skills

Based on the assessment, the Case Manager and client will develop an individualized goal plan, and the case manager will work with the client to achieve these goals.  The Case Manager will also advocate with other organizations and services on the client’s behalf, and assist the client in learning about and connecting to community resources.

What is expected of the young person?
Clients in this program are expected to either attain further education or improve upon their job skills and employment status, and improve their daily life skills in order to achieve self-sufficiency.  They also need to have a stable housing plan, commit to the goal plan created with their case manager, and attend meetings each week.

The Case Manager’s hours are created to accommodate the schedules of the clients served and will meet clients in their homes or locations that are accessible to the client.

I or someone I know would benefit from this program. What should I do?
Referrals into the program may be made by DCP&P social workers or other social service providers.  Young adults may also self-refer by calling our program office number.  Currently, case management services are limited to young adults residing in Morris County or very close to its borders for ease of access. You can contact Roots & Wings to receive a referral form.

What happens once a referral is made?
An initial phone screening will take place to assess the young adult’s needs and motivation to work through goals related to daily life skills, education, and/or job planning and skills. Then, if appropriate, an intake will be scheduled with the Program Director.  If accepted into the program, the client will be linked to a Case Manager and begin working on his/her case plan.

I have more questions. Who can I call?
Call 973.453.6668 or e-mail with any questions, or to request a referral form.