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 (1999)
Policy and Practice, 57(1)
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 (2002)
Training Matters, 4(1)
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 Practices (PDF - 162 KB)
McDaniel & McKinney (2005)
Residential Group Care Quarterly, 6(1)
Describes the family services approach used by the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
Guiding Principles and Practices for Delivery of Family Centered Services (PDF - 29 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.