An Overview of Systems of Care in Child Welfare
National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care;; |
|Year Published: 2009|
Implications for Administrators and Stakeholders
A Closer Look offers valuable information for Federal, State, tribal, and local administrators and policy-makers. While A Closer Look also will be useful for other key stakeholders, including child welfare frontline staff, interagency partners, providers, and families, the principal audience is individuals who have responsibility and authority to promote and support systems change.
A Closer Look:
- Informs child welfare decision-makers about how systems of care promote and guide systems change, both in policy and practice, to address the requirements of the Child and Family Services Reviews.
- Highlights innovations or changes in governance, policy, or practice that may be useful for addressing common challenges in child welfare systems.
- Promotes the effective use of systems of care principles and processes in guiding sustainable systems change among child welfare administrators and decision-makers.
Each issue of A Closer Look shares ideas and actions that administrators and decision-makers may adopt as they work to improve outcomes in permanency, safety, and well-being for children and families. Although each issue addresses a different systems of care principle, operationalizing a single principle will not lead to a fully functioning system of care. An effective child welfare driven system of care is based on the synergy of the principles as they are used to guide the work throughout an organization, the broader service system, and the community.