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Developing and Implementing Agency Philosophy, Mission, and Vision: State and Local Examples
The following resources provide examples of how agency philosophy, mission, and vision have been integrated into State and county child welfare agency programs.
Combining Child Welfare and Welfare Reform at a Local Level
Berns & Drake
Policy and Practice, 57(1), 1999
The El Paso County, Colorado, Department of Human Services applied a set of common principles to child welfare services and programs funded with a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to create a flexible system of services that would promote prevention and family support. The principles emphasized family-focused, strengths-based community services.
The Family-Centered Approach
Department of Social Services, Children's Services' Statewide Training Partnership
Training Matters, 4(1), 2002
Describes the family-centered approach used by North Carolina Department of Social Services Children's Services and provides guidance to child welfare workers who practice it.
Family Centered Practice (PDF - 196 KB)
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (2005)
Lays out the core set of values, beliefs, and principles that guide the work of Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services.
Family-Centered Practices (PDF - 162 KB)
McDaniel & McKinney
Residential Group Care Quarterly, 6(1), 2005
Describes the family services approach used by the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
Guiding Principles and Practices for Delivery of Family Centered Services (PDF - 27 KB)
Iowa's Early ACCESS & Project SCRIPT (2000)
Seven principles of family-centered services selected to guide programs delivering services, with examples of practice behaviors for staff.
Michigan Department of Human Services Child Welfare Philosophy
Michigan Department of Human Services (2006)
Discusses the philosophy that serves as a guide for all Michigan Department of Human Services child welfare policy contracting and payment approaches, inclusive of protective services, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice.
Strengthening Families: A Blueprint for Realigning Arizona's Child Welfare System (PDF - 107 KB)
Arizona Division of Children, Youth and Families (2005)
Describes agency goals and objectives for child protection and family strengthening reform, and strategies for achieving them.
Turning a Vision Into Reality: What It Takes to Improve a Child Welfare System: Lessons Learned by Massachusetts Department of Social Services and Casey Family Programs, 1999-2002
Recommendations for reform of a State child welfare system, particularly in foster care.
A Vision and Plan for Improving Child Well Being and Strengthening Families in Wisconsin Using Service Integration as the Path
Wisconsin Association of Family and Children's Agencies (2003)
Describes how Wisconsin successfully established a new system of care that included services for safety, family preservation, reunification, and adoption, as well as case management for families with children in foster care. This report addresses the importance of family empowerment and service integration, which was demonstrated in the El Paso County, Colorado, child welfare model.