Lessons Learned from System Reform Efforts: State and Local Examples
The following resources describe lessons learned from system reform efforts at the State and local level.
Back on Track: Transforming Virginia's Child Welfare System (PDF - 2029 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2010)
Describes how Virginia successfully introduced a family-centered child welfare practice model, increased both permanency rates and access to community-based care, and reduced overall spending while decreasing the number of children in foster care.
California Child Welfare Services: Eleven-County Pilot Project Evaluation Report (PDF - 604 KB)
Wright, Tickler, & Vernor (2008)
Evaluates 11 California counties that have piloted strategies to improve outcomes for children and families served by the child welfare system including standardized safety assessment, differential response, and permanency and youth transition.
Changes in a Changing Environment: Chronicling Child Welfare Systems Improvements in California, November 2003 to September 2006: Final Report (PDF - 492 KB)
National Health Foundation (2007)
Discusses the California Department of Social Services' and county child welfare directors' efforts to implement major changes to the child welfare system, including information on administration transitions, training, strategic communications, community partnerships, and philanthropy.
Children's Services System Transformation: Connecting Kids and Families for Life
Virginia Department of Social Services
Offers tools and resources from Virginia's efforts to plan and implement reforms at the State and local level. The website addresses reform related to community-based continuums of care, family engagement, kinship care, resource families, data, training, and more.
Court-Based Education Efforts for Children in Foster Care: The Experience of the Pima County Juvenile Court (PDF - 548 KB)
Describes a model court project in Pima County, Arizona, that focused on improving educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care. The report includes suggestions for other jurisdictions interested in designing and implementing their own reform initiatives.
Exploring New Directions for Systems Change to Address the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Final Report from El Paso County, Colorado, Greenbook Initiative (PDF - 372 KB)
Offers & Ptak (2007)
Describes lessons learned by a domestic violence and sexual assault victim service agency about collaboration, systems change efforts, evaluation, sustainability planning, managing a collaborative grant project, the role of culture, and family representatives.
Gaining Momentum: Comprehensive Child Welfare Reform Takes Hold in Massachusetts: A Report on Lessons Learned (PDF - 544 KB)
Describes critical child welfare reforms implemented in Massachusetts from 2002 to 2005 to improve services for children and families. The report explains lessons learned in caseworker teaming, family group counseling, family networks, continuous quality improvement, training, foster parent recruitment and retention, adolescent permanency, kinship placement, disproportionality, and cultural competence.
Implementation of Alabama's R.C. Consent Decree: Creating a New Culture of Practice (PDF - 172 KB)
Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group (2008)
Presents the experiences of Alabama's child welfare system as it implemented reform efforts to improve policy, workload, information systems, provider performance, staff training, resource development, frontline practice, and child and family outcomes.
Implementing Change at the Local Level: Strategies for Success (PDF - 940 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Child Welfare Matters, 2008
Proposes steps agencies can take to bring about change at the local level in training and resources, staff structure, customized action plans, local case reviews, accessible data reports, and more. Examples are provided from Minnesota, Idaho, and Illinois.
Improving Child and Youth Placement Outcomes: A System Redesign (Foster Care Redesign) Report (Word - 223 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2011)
Provides an overview of processes used to develop recommendations for the redesigned foster care system in Texas, including detailed information on each component of the proposed model.
King County System Integration Initiative: Reform to Impact Dual Jurisdiction Youth and Families (PDF - 808 KB)
Child Welfare League of America
The Link: Connecting Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare, 4(1), 2005
Highlights a collaboration of State and local organizations in King County, Washington, that came together to examine and improve the coordination and integration of the child welfare and juvenile justice programs and policy development, enhance service delivery, and improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California's Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to Be Ready for and Succeed in School: Recommendations and Implementation Strategies from the California Education Collaborative for Children in Foster Care (PDF - 1890 KB)
California Education Collaborative for Children in Foster Care (2008)
Identifies strategies to help child welfare, education, and court systems implement system reform recommendations in school readiness, school success, and data sharing.
The Richmond Approach: Promoting Change by Valuing Families: CORE Presentation (PDF - 560 KB)
Virginia Department of Social Services (2008)
Explains how the Richmond City Department of Social Services reformed its foster care program using a multitiered approach that included changing the culture of the agency, strengthening internal capacity, shifting practices, building resources, nurturing partnerships, and measuring outcomes.
Scale of Change: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Child Welfare Reform Across Cities and States (PDF - 764 KB)
Highlights the efforts made by child welfare systems in California, Iowa, and Washington, DC, to achieve reform through the principles of strengths-based services, family-centered practice, community partnership, and parent engagement and leadership.