This section provides examples of how agencies and community members work together to monitor and improve child welfare agency performance and outcomes for children and families involved with the system.
A Community in Support of Children and Families: Operationalizing Portland, Maine's Community Partnership for Protecting Children (PDF - 474 KB)
Explores the success of a community implementing a community partnership approach for ensuring child safety in Maine, including findings that address the assets and needs of the communities and families, existing services and gaps, elements necessary for operationalizing the mission, and limitations in fulfilling those elements.
Effective Collaboration Development and System Reform: The Safe Kids/Safe Streets Experience (PDF - 368 KB)
Gragg, Cronin, & Eisen
The Link: Connecting Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare, 6(1), 2007
Identifies successful strategies of an initiative to reduce child abuse and neglect and their effects by involving a wide array of community partners.
A Handbook for Participatory Community Assessments: Experiences From Alameda County (PDF - 4710 KB)
Alameda County Health Department (2004)
Describes steps and tools used by the Alameda County Public Health Department in California to collect information on assets and priorities and to call for community action to create a safe and healthy environment.
Helping Families Shine: Evaluation of the Family and Community Partnership, Palm Beach County, Florida: Final Report (PDF - 3704 KB)
Lyons & Winje (2007)
Examines a partnership to improve collaboration among programs providing prevention and early intervention services to communities with the highest levels of need.
Is Your Organization Family Friendly? Find Out, With the Family Friendly Check List: Agency Edition (PDF - 176 KB)
Family Support Council (2007)
Questions address the following areas: Agency administration, information sharing, welcoming environment, family involvement, decision-making, meetings inclusion, accessibility, and service evaluation.