Confronting the complex needs of a child or young adult with mental or behavioral health issues, developmental disabilities or other challenges is one of the hardest things you can face as a parent. At Stark County Family Council, we want you to know that you do not have to face this alone: there are resources available to provide the support structure you need to get help for your child and family.

All of the county Family and Children First Councils are mandated (ORC 121.37) to provide a service coordination process to serve children/youth who have complex needs, are involved in multiple systems and/or at risk for out of home placement. Stark County Family Council has chosen to implement the evidence-based model of service coordination called High Fidelity Wraparound.

Who the Program is For

The Wraparound Program serves children/youth, ages 0 through 21 (though most commonly applying to school-aged children and up). Eligible youth include those who have complex needs that are not being adequately met and have been involved in two or more of the following systems:

  • Mental / Behavioral Health
  • Juvenile Court
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Special Education
  • Children Services

They will also have reached a level of urgency requiring additional service coordination.

(Wraparound services may also be considered for single system youth who are at imminent risk of placement in a more restrictive setting as determined by an initial risk screen and ongoing assessment.)

How it Works

Wraparound services differ from many delivery strategies, in that it provides a comprehensive, holistic, youth and family-driven way of responding when children or youth experience serious mental health or behavioral challenges. Wraparound services put the child/youth and family at the center. With support from a team of professionals, the family’s ideas and perspectives about what they need and what will be helpful drive all of the work in Wraparound.

The child/youth and their family members work with a Wraparound facilitator to build their Wraparound team, which can include the family’s friends and people from the wider community, as well as providers of services and supports. With the help of the team, the family and young person take the lead in deciding a team vision and goals and in developing creative and individualized services and supports that will help them achieve those goals. Team members work together to put the plan into action, monitor how well it’s working and change it as needed.

For more information regarding High Fidelity Wraparound services, watch this video below. Then give us a call to find out if our youth and family program is right for you.

How to Make a Referral

If you feel that Wraparound services would be beneficial for your child and family, or a child and family you are serving, complete the following steps to submit a referral:

  • Gather the required documentation. Examples of documentation necessary to complete a referral are:
    • Youth date of birth
    • Youth complete social security number
    • Insurance coverage type (private insurance and/or Medicaid)
    • Name of youth's physician or name of practice
    • School district of residence and attendance (may differ)
    • Current grade of youth
    • Existence of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation
  • Complete the Release of Information form - Wraparound Release of Information
    • Legal guardians of the youth are permitted to complete and submit the Wraparound Referral form without completing a Release of Information
  • Submit the Release of Information form to Stark County Family Council via:
    • Secure email:
    • Fax: (330) 491-9731
    • Office: 6057 Strip Avenue NW North Canton, Ohio 44720
  • Complete the Wraparound Referral form by clicking the link below

We are committed to serving families of all abilities. If you are unable to complete the electronic referral process, please contact us for assistance at (330) 492-8136 extension 1480.


For stronger youth and stronger families

Stark County Family Council has had an enormous impact on child and family outcomes in Stark County. Our number one priority is helping families obtain and sustain wellness and stay together. Our efforts have increased our county's ability to maximize resources, generate additional state and federal revenue, develop needed programs and services and build capacity to serve children and families. 

When the families of Stark County win, we all win.