Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 101–116 | Cite as

Bows and ribbons, tape and twine: Wrapping the wraparound process for children with multi-system needs

  • Abram Rosenblatt
Special Issue on Wraparound Services


The wraparound process for children with multi-system needs is one of the most innovative and popular reform efforts in children's services. Nonetheless, the articles in this special issue are indicative of a service reform process that is still maturing and evolving. In this commentary, three key questions regarding the wraparound process are posed: (a) What is wraparound? (b) What is the current state of research regarding wraparound services? and (c) What are the implications for the future? It is argued that the future of wraparound depends at least in part on: (a) carefully defining the wraparound process, including how to best integrate the process with reforms based on the principles of a comprehensive system of care; and (b) making a strong commitment at all levels to the process of cumulative knowledge, of building and creating innovative research and program efforts over time, one upon the other. It is concluded that a failure to invest in careful definition, refinement, implementation, and research on the wraparound process consitutes a failure to invest in children and families with multi-system needs.

Key Words

wraparound services children's mental health services children's mental health services research individualized services systems of care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abram Rosenblatt
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  1. 1.Child Services Research Group, Department of PsychiatryThe University of California San FranciscoSan Francisco

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