Implementation

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Just as the KEEP curriculum is not one size fits all, our implementation process is designed to be flexible and responsive.

We look forward to discussing ways to tailor the KEEP implementation to better fit the size, timeline, and cultural context of your site – we’re excited to help bring KEEP to your community!

OSLC Developments, Inc. (ODI) has a history of successfully implementing KEEP in worldwide locales with varied workplace and service-population cultures. Throughout the implementation process, you will receive comprehensive support from ODI tailored to your site to achieve our mutual goal of long-term sustainability of the KEEP program. KEEP is currently delivered in multiple languages and in multiple U.S. states and countries.

ODI has a history of successfully implementing KEEP in worldwide locales with varied workplace and service-population cultures. Throughout the implementation process, you will receive comprehensive support from ODI tailored to your site to achieve our mutual goal of long-term sustainability of the KEEP program. KEEP is currently delivered in multiple languages and in multiple U.S. states and countries.

We are proud to partner with these organizations to support families through KEEP:

KEEP Pre-implementation and Adaptation Process

The pre-implementation phase (aka the “Readiness & Discovery Phase”) takes a minimum of three months; the systems put in place during this phase will prepare your site for an efficient and successful implementation process, including staff training and the start of KEEP groups.

A key component of Readiness & Discovery is reviewing the KEEP curriculum together through your site’s cultural lens and determining whether an adaptation may be needed to best serve your families. KEEP has two primary approaches to adaptation:

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Cultural Adaptation
Adaptation at System or Agency Level

Adapting for societal/cultural norms, laws, and larger contexts

We recently collaborated with the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) to develop KEEP groups that are culturally specific for Oregon families caring for Native American youth.

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This video was produced by the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Click here to view the full-length version of this video and to learn more about NAYA.

Affinity Groups
Adaptation at Group Level

All families in a group have a shared characteristic (other than parenting!)

LGBTQIA+ Manual cover imageKEEP affinity groups were developed to meet the diverse needs of youth in foster care, and are available for families caring for LGBTQIA+ youth, for families caring for youth who entered the United States without an adult (unaccompanied minors), and for families who are caring for a youth who is of a different race, culture, or ethnicity than themselves (transcultural).

KEEP Building Blocks: Creating a Sustainable Implementation to Meet Your Needs

KEEP is for families involved in the Child Welfare System. KEEP Connecting Kin is for informal kinship families who are caring for the children of friends or relatives outside of the Child Welfare System. Sites can choose to implement KEEP for one or both of these populations. Check out the implementation building blocks below to explore ways KEEP can serve your community.

KEEP Standard (4-12)


  • New program development
    • Discovery & Readiness
    • Training (2-day Foundation and 5-day Group Leaders)
  • Implementation
    • KEEP groups begin!
    • Weekly coaching for three 16-week groups
      • KEEP Group Leaders may apply for certification after three groups
    • Data-driven program support at all levels
  • Additional modules 'unlocked' after staff
    certification

KEEP SAFE (13+)


  • For sites certified in KEEP Standard only
  • Mini Readiness
    • Recruitment
    • Scheduling trainings
  • 3-Day Training
  • Weekly coaching for one 16-week KEEP SAFE group
    • KEEP Group Leaders may apply for certification after one group

KEEP Toddler (2-3)


Modifications to the KEEP Standard curriculum make it
developmentally appropriate for children 2-3 years old

  • For sites certified in KEEP Standard only
  • One-day Training

KEEP Connecting Kin


KEEP Connecting Kin is for informal kinship families and is available for Toddler (2-3), Standard (4-12), and SAFE (13+) age groups

KEEP Boosters


8-week Booster curriculum for families
who have already completed a 16-week KEEP group

  • For sites certified in KEEP Standard only
    • Sites also certified in KEEP SAFE can run
      SAFE Boosters
  • One-day Training

Affinity Groups


KEEP Groups for families caring for children and youth who have shared characteristics

  • For sites certified in KEEP Standard/SAFE
  • Approved by ODI for application

Currently available KEEP Affinity groups include:

  • KEEP for families caring for LGBTQIA+ youth
  • KEEP for families caring for youth who entered the U.S. without an adult (unaccompanied minors)
  • KEEP for families caring for a child or youth who is of a different race, culture, or ethnicity than themselves

Coaches and Trainers


Develop local infrastructure to train and coach subsequent generations of KEEP Group Leaders

  • Sites certified in KEEP Standard
    • Sites also certified in SAFE can coach/train SAFE
  • Approved for application by ODI
  • Mini Readiness
  • 5-day Training
  • Online training in the Fidelity Adherence Rating (FAR)
  • ODI shadows first 5-day training led by new trainers
  • Coached by ODI
  • Certification
KEEP Implementation - Customize an implementation plan based on your site's needs

KEEP Data Collection: FIDO

The FIDelity and Observation system (FIDO) is a HIPAA compliant, web-based application designed to support the implementation of evidence-based interventions and programs, including KEEP. Through a set of integrated data entry forms, FIDO tracks progress on key implementation processes such as staff training and certification milestones, participant attendance and engagement at sessions, staff participation in consultation activities, and fidelity adherence ratings of the intervention delivery. FIDO can be set up to collect data using standardized measures, such as the Parent Daily Report (PDR), and other program-specific indicators of progress and program outcomes. FIDO data is easily accessed at any time by site leadership and is a user-friendly and essential tool for assessing ongoing program quality as well as program outcomes.

For more information, please visit our website: https://fido.oslc.org/info/

"Every KEEP session has provided vital immediately-actionable content to help us put shared insights and learning directly into daily practice to best serve the children in our care."

LGBTQIA+ KEEP Resource Parent

"The group leaders were very engaging and made sure that all viewpoints were heard and considered. This shows a great understanding of diversity and is really appreciated."

KEEP Resource Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

All KEEP sites have the option to provide both remote KEEP groups and in-person KEEP groups, depending on what best meets their needs.

Eligibility for your KEEP program is decided by you! KEEP is currently available for resource, kinship, and adoptive parents caring for a child ages 2 and older. KEEP is also available for informal kinship families who are caring for a relative or friend’s child outside of the Child Welfare System. We will work with you to determine which versions of KEEP best meet the needs of your families.

Yes. KEEP groups are separated into three different age groups, each with age-appropriate content and examples: KEEP Toddler (2-3 years old); KEEP Standard (4-12 years old); KEEP SAFE (13+ years old).

Sessions are interactive and fun. In addition, caregiver participation is incentivized. For example, in Oregon, each household receives $25 for each KEEP session they attend. In some implementations, participants receive an additional bonus for completing a KEEP group.

Yes. Sites that offer in-person KEEP groups provide free childcare at the group location and snacks during the groups. Systems for childcare and other group logistics are put into place during Readiness.

Yes. Each KEEP session is recorded and uploaded to FIDO, our web-based fidelity system. KEEP Group Leaders fill out simple, web-based forms about attendance, engagement, and areas they want feedback on. The Parent Daily Report (PDR) is also uploaded to FIDO. Uncertified KEEP Group Leaders participate in weekly coaching via videoconference and receive written feedback from a KEEP coach. Certified KEEP Group Leaders participate in coaching monthly. Implementation reports are generated using FIDO data and are sent to sites and to system leaders (if applicable).

Timeline and costs depend on the size and scope of your implementation. Please contact us to learn more.