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The 3-5-7 Model
January 2014

Greetings!  2014 is here, and as with every New Year, January brings great opportunity to re-evaluate, re-energize and re-focus ourselves and the work that we do every day with children, youth and families.  I recently met with my team of associates to set and plan for our future goals.  I encourage you to dialogue with your colleagues about what your goals are for the upcoming year in the important work that you do.  Will you be more intentional in providing Life Book opportunities for your youth?  Will you challenge yourself to speak more in the language of the 3-5-7 Model and less in the language of pathology?  Whatever your goals, my associates and I will continue to support your efforts as we transform our child welfare systems.  It is an honor to have you all as part of this team!



We have been focusing our efforts over the last several weeks to finalize tools that are designed to measure model fidelity that can be used by those of you implementing the 3-5-7 Model© in your agencies.  In February, Darla L. Henry and Associates will begin hosting meetings for agencies who are actively implementing the 3-5-7 Model©.  Our goal for the first meeting is to introduce our fidelity tools to you and to provide technical assistance to you as you work to measure fidelity in your programs. We will use WebEx conferencing to connect.  
If your agency is interested in participating, please reach out to us via office@darlahenry.org. There is no charge for participation in this program. 


We were pleased to work in partnership with the Child Welfare Information Gateway to produce the recently published bulletin, titled Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency.  The bulletin reviews past preparation practices, and those practices that are more current and in development that are designed to "...ensure that children and youth are better prepared for permanent family relationships, including both legal and relational permanency (permanent relationships with caring adults)."


This Bulletin for Professionals is made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and can be located here: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/preparing_youth.cfm



If your agency has been thinking about how to prepare for 3-5-7 Model© training, consider the 3-5-7 Model© Book Club!  The goal of the Book Club is to prepare participants for the 3-5-7 Model© training with Darla Henry by helping you and your staff:


  • Be introduced to the program concepts and the language of the 3-5-7 Model© (Clarify)
  • Increase self-awareness of individual grief issues (Clarify)
  • Recognize integration work in building relationships across all systems (Integrate)
  • Provide opportunities to explore all family relationships (Integrate)
  • Begin to integrate the Model© into current program (Actualize)
  • Increase readiness toward actualizing the 3-5-7 Model© into current practices (Actualize)

Book Club members independently read the chapters noted and discuss in group settings with peers. The group then identifies questions to be asked during video conference calls with Darla Henry to enhance the learning experience.


For more details about 3-5-7 Model© Book Club benefits, contact us at office@darlahenry.org

Click here to order your book.


How Well Do You Know Your Family?


Purpose: To help the family members get to know the child/youth better (and vice versa), as in a new placement, or after a child has been in a family for a longer period of time and is beginning to feel he or she belongs. This can even be done between siblings, whether they live together or are just visiting with each other and can be used as part of family visitation and reunification.


Materials Needed:Several copies of the questions below and small prizes (optional).


Getting Started:Each person writes the answers to the questions first (without letting others see the answers). Then one person guesses the answers for the other person and vice versa. Give small prizes for correct answers (pennies, small candy pieces, marbles).


Encourage the family members to discuss the answers and make it fun. The point of this activity is to help family members learn about each other in a fun way.  From their answers, point out similarities and differences between members in their likes, habits, and experiences.


For the younger children or those who have difficulty reading the questions or writing the answers, the worker can read or write for them. Hints can be given when the child/youth tries to guess the answers of the adults. Also, any questions can be deleted, added, or substituted, depending on the situation, age, and ability of the child.

1. Where were you born (city or town)?

2. What is your favorite food?

3. What is your favorite color?

4. What is your favorite TV show?

5. What is your favorite movie?

6. How many states have you lived in?

7. Who is your best friend?

8. Would you rather go on vacation to the beach, the mountains, or the city?

9. What is your favorite sport?

10. What is your favorite sports team?

11. What kind of music do you like?

12. What is your favorite animal?


13. What is your best skill or trait?

14. Are you a morning or an evening person (do you like to get up early or stay up late)?

15. What is your favorite book?

16. What is (was) your favorite school subject in school?

17. What is your favorite season of the year (spring, summer, fall, winter)?

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

20. What is your biggest dream for the future?


Tips and techniques to making the activity meaningful: This activity can be played as a game between any family members (two at a time), whether biological, foster, or adoptive; siblings or parents. Many children and youth enjoy this game. It provides a non-threatening way to share information about themselves, but also to learn more about others.


Source: The 3-5-7 Model© Workbook.

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