What is Wraparound?

Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams. Monmouth Cares uses Wraparound and a Child and Family Team approach to working with our families.

Ten Principles of Wraparound

Family Voice and Choice 

Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of wraparound process. Planning is grounded in family members' perspectives, and the team strives to provide options and choices such that the plan reflects family values and preferences.

Team Based 

The wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and committed to them through informal, formal, and community support and service relationships.

Natural Supports

The team actively seeks out and encourages the full participation of team members' networks of interpersonal and community relationships. The wraparound plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support.


Team members work cooperatively and share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single wraparound plan. The plan reflects a blending of team members' perspectives, mandates, and resources. The plan guides and coordinates each team member's work towards meeting the team's goals.


The wraparound team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inclusive, most responsive, most accessible, and least restrictive settings possible; and that safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.

Culturally Competent 

The wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child/youth and family, and their community. 


To achieve the goals laid out in the wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, supports, and services.   


The wraparound process and the wraparound plan identify, build on, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child and family, their community, and other team members.          


A wraparound team does not give up on, blame, or reject children, youth, and their families. When faced with challenges or setbacks, the team continues working towards meeting the needs of the youth and family towards achieving the goals in wraparound until the team reaches agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer necessary

Outcome Based 

The team ties the goals and strategies of the wraparound plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.

See Also

National Wraparound Initiative

  • The NWI works to promote understanding about the components and benefits of wraparound, and to provide the field with resources to facilitate high quality and consistent wraparound implementation.

Resource Guide to Wraparound

  • A collection of articles, tools, and resources that represent the expertise, experience, and shared work of the members of the National Wraparound Initiative

Wraparound Evaluation

  • Created to facilitate dissemination of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), including the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI), Team Observation Measure (TOM), and Community Supports for Wraparound Inventory (CSWI).

National Wraparound Implementation Center 

  • (NWIC) supports states, communities, and organizations to implement Wraparound effectively. NWIC uses innovative approaches grounded in implementation science and incorporating cutting-edge strategies to support Wraparound implementation. NWIC provides support that is intensive yet affordable. The work is focused on building sustainable local capacity to provide model-adherent, high fidelity Wraparound, thereby increasing positive outcomes for children, youth, and their families.


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