Child Welfare Practice and Service Models, Loss and Grief
What: The 3-5-7 Model© is an evidence-informed relational practice that supports the work of children and youth, individuals and families, in rebuilding their lives and relationships after experiencing traumatic events, specifically as they relate to losses. Separations from important, intimate caregivers, and being in relationships that are abusive, rejecting, or abandoning, contribute to feelings of hurt and pain and beliefs of being unlovable and unwanted. How: The 3-5-7 Model uses tools (e.g., lifebooks, loss/life lines, 3-5-7 workbook) to support work around issues of separation and loss, identity formation, attachment, and building relationships, and it also supports deeper therapeutic work around abuse, abandonment, and neglect experiences. Services must be provided consistently. One face-to-face contact with bi-weekly contacts on the off week. Services should be provided for a minimum of 6 months by a trained professional. Services can be provided in the adoptive home, birth family home, foster home, residential care facility or at a community agency.
Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)
Clarifying identify formation and feelings of loss, integrating and giving meaning to all past and current relationships, and actualizing future relationships and goals. These foundations include: separation and loss, the grieving process, developmental growth stages, relationship building through attachment activities, trauma influenced behaviors, and family and organizational systems.
QIC Target Group
Both Target 1 and Target 2
QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels
LEVEL 1: Designed for Adoption or Guardianship
QIC level of Evidence
LEVEL 5: Better Practice
Intervention Web Site/URL
External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)
- California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse: www.cebc4cw.org/program/3-5-7-model
- Purveyor Information Sheet: 3-5-7-Intervention.pdf