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Family Finding

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JusticeWorks utilizes the Family Finding model that uses various strategies to locate and engages relatives of children currently living in out-of-home care.

The overall goal of Family Finding is to connect a child with a family member so that he or she can benefit from a family connection.  We use intensive search efforts to locate family members of children and assess their openness and appropriateness for possible kinship placement.


The core beliefs of the Family Finding approach are:

  1. Every child has a family and they can be found if we try
  2. Loneliness is devastating, even dangerous, and is experienced by most children in out-of-home care
  3. A meaningful connection to family helps a child develop a sense of belonging
  4. The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connections to family


The guiding principles of the approach are:

  • It Is a youth-driven process
  • Every youth deserves, and can have, a permanent family
  • Youth have the right to know about their family members; family members have the right to know about their youth
  • Youth should have connections with the biological family (unless there is a compelling reason not to), regardless of whether they will live with them
  • With support, most youth can live in a home rather than in foster care or institution
  • Family and fictive kin help develop, plan and achieve the youth’s permanence
  • Build permanency through reunification, guardianship, adoption or another form of permanent commitment.

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For further information about how our programs can support your state, county or district please email Dipesh Chauhan at or call directly at (610) 858-8094.


Family Finding is currently available in the following state:

About us

JusticeWorks has continuously sought to enhance our skills. To that end, we have incorporated into our service array evidence-based and research-informed programming to achieve the best outcomes for the youth and families in our care. These services can be offered as ‘stand-alone’ services or as enhancements to our own signature services.


JusticeWorks YouthCare
1500 Ardmore Boulevard
Suite 410
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: (877) 525-JWYC (5992)

JusticeWorks BehavioralCare
4 Carriage Lane
Suite 405
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 974-5934

JusticeWorks FL
1591 Robert J Conlan Boulevard
Suite 128
Palm Bay, FL 32905
Phone: (484) 281-3703