Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to help children and their families realize their hopes and dreams. The wraparound process also helps make sure children and youth grow up in their homes and communities. It is a planning process that brings people together from different parts of the whole family’s life. With help from one or more facilitators, people from the family’s life work together, coordinate their activities, and blend their perspectives of the family’s situation. 

Wraparound is a family-driven, team-based process for planning and implementing services and supports for youth with complex needs.

Together, we are focused on your child and centered on your family.

Together, we respect the family culture, family values, preferences, and abilities.

Together, we build your team based on your family strengths and needs using people and connections to support you in the community.

As part of this planning process, you are assigned a Care Manager who will be responsible for working directly with your family. Your Care Manager will meet with you and your child to learn how they can help.

Your MonmouthCares Care Manager will:

Listen to find out what you are experiencing and what you really need to make life better for your family, and help you create your family VISION.

Plan with you to create an Individual Service Plan (ISP) based on the strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences you and your family identify.

Your Vision - Your Goals. . .

Your care manager will ask you to prepare your thoughts about your Vision and help you write a positive Vision statement to guide your plan over the next months of working together:

  • How do you wish things to be in the future for you and your family?
  • What will life be like when things get better?
  • This is YOUR Vision, and it is a vision for the entire family.

Your Abilities, and Preferences. . .

Your Care Manager wants to learn about you and your family, to help plan with you and build your Child and Family Team to achieve your Vision. Help us learn about your family:

  • What makes you happy?
  • What do you celebrate?
  • Who you are?
  • What inspires you?
  • What are you good at doing?
  • How do you want to be contacted?
  • Who shares in your life?
  • How do you like to be addressed?

Your Strengths and Needs…

To help figure out the best way to move forward, your care manager will have a conversation with you, using the Strengths and Needs Assessment (SNA) Tool.

The Strengths and Needs Assessment is a comprehensive communication tool to determine the strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences that you and your family currently have.

The SNA tool is used to:

  • Direct your Wraparound planning process, so the most important needs are being worked on.
  • Guide your team in determining the appropriate level of care management.
  • Monitor the outcomes and progress of the Team Process.
  • Ensure your family is receiving the right kind of care, delivered in the right way.

There are many ways to meet your needs!

The first step is honesty – Wraparound works best when your Care Manager has the information they need to help guide the planning process, so your family can be successful. Such as:

  • Your strengths, abilities, and preferences
  • Your family traditions and cultural values
  • Your history of treatment and services in the past
  • Areas of concern and worry that you’d like to work on

We work to offer families a choice in the providers. Should you have any preference in receiving services with a particular cultural or ethnic orientation, please feel free to bring this to the attention of your Care Manager.

If your child or a family member is in need of an interpreter, please ask your Care Manager to coordinate this service for you.

If you or a family member is disabled, MonmouthCares will work to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability.

MonmouthCares uses providers from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

MonmouthCares is dedicated to helping children, young adults & families live their lives to the fullest. Our goal is to keep the youth of Monmouth County at home, in school, and out of trouble.

Ten Principles of Wraparound

Family Voice and Choice

Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the 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.

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.


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

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 an agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer necessary.


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.