Family Wellness Plans (also known as Plans of Safe Care)

What is a Family Wellness Plan (FWP)?

The goal of the Family Wellness Plan (sometimes called Plan of Safe Care [POSC]) is to strengthen the family unit, help mothers have a healthy pregnancy, and keep child(ren) safely at home. It is also:

  • A personalized guide to ensure necessary resources are provided to help families thrive
  • A tool that helps communicate strengths, needs and accomplishments to providers
  • A tool to help with care coordination.

Who could benefit from a Family Wellness Plan?

The Family Wellness Plan (FWP) was designed for pregnant women with substance use disorders and families of infants who may have been substance exposed during pregnancy.

  • Pregnant women with an active substance use disorder should receive a FWP during pregnancy.
  • Any families with infants born exposed to substances with the potential of misuse should receive a FWP. Families with infants who experience withdrawal, even to prescribed medications (e.g., methadone, benzodiazepines) should receive a FWP.
  • The FWP should be developed for infants and their families whether or not they require a report to Social Services.

*Note:  Federal law requires that infants born affected by substance misuse, withdrawal or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FASD) receive a Plan of Safe Care (called Family Wellness Plan in Orange County) that supports their families as well.

Where can I find a Family Wellness Plan template?

  • Orange County Family Wellness Plan Template (created by the OC Family Support Task Force)English | Spanish

Where can I find a brochure for a patient/client/family?

Where can I find more resources for providers, such as training?

For more information:

  • Building Family Wellness Plans in the Medical Setting (download | print ready)
    • What is a Family Wellness Plan (FWP)?
    • Who could benefit from a FWP?
    • Who develops and adds to the FWP?
    • Where can I find a FWP template?
    • Which families require a FWP?
    • When is a report to Social Services required?
    • How do I determine if safety risks exist?
  • 5 Ways to Improve Care Using Family Wellness Plans (FWP) (download | print ready)
    • Implement Universal Screening
    • Take a Family-Centered Approach
    • Disrupt Stigma
    • Plan for Transitions/Discharge Planning
    • Advance Equity and Inclusion
  • Focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Referrals for Family Wellness Plan (FWP) Support

Health care providers can refer families to HCA Community & Nursing Services (Pregnant and Parenting Support Programs; 714-834-7747) to assist with the FWP by providing coordination, follow-up and linkages.