Resources

The documents featured illustrate The Child Welfare Group's approach to practice and its focus on systemic issues. These documents are in the standard Adobe Acrobat PDF file format. If you do not have Adobe Reader, click below to download the Adobe Reader from the Adobe website.

 


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For the Welfare of Children: Lessons Learned from Class Action Litigation

Lessons Learned from Class Action Litigation was developed and issued by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). This publication contains a series of papers by colleagues and individuals who have been directly involved with class action litigation as defendants, plaintiffs′ counsel, court monitors and consultant experts and speaks to the lessons learned from their experience. Thanks to CSSP′s invitation, The Child Welfare Group was also invited to contribute and addresses ″Structuring Litigation-Driven Child Welfare Reform for Success.″ The strength of this publication lies not just in its applicability for systems involved in litigation, but also for any system considering systemic reforms. Many of the ″lessons learned″ have universal applicability. Thanks are due CSSP for organizing this publication and The Annie E. Casey Foundation for supporting it. You can also view it on the CSSP website at http://www.cssp.org/for-the-welfare-of-children.

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Implementing Practice Models

A paper developed by the National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement. This issue of Child Welfare Matters focuses on four states: Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and Utah, all of which are comprehensively implementing formal models of practice. Indiana, New Jersey and Utah are states where The Child Welfare Group had an extensive role in assisting these states in using training, coaching and practice evaluation to implement their models of practice.

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Columbia Law School - The Rule of Law in the Experimentalist Welfare State: Lessons from Child Welfare Reform

By: Kathleen G. Noonan, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
and
Professors Charles F. Sabel and William H. Simon, Columbia Law School

This paper briefly discusses theories of child welfare law and class action settlement agreements as a preamble to discussion of the Alabama and Utah settlements, with particular focus on the use of the Quality Service Review as an effective practice improvement and performance measurement tool in both systems.

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Adopting a Child Welfare Practice Framework

A description of the history and importance of creating a practice framework or model of practice.

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Implementation of Alabama's R. C. Consent Decree: Creating a New Culture of Practice

A description of the first years of shaping strength-based, individualized practice system-wide, guided by a principle-driven model of practice.

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The History of Family Team Conferencing

The history and development of the Family Team Conferencing model.

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The Qualitative Service Review Process

This document describes our approach to evaluating the quality of frontline practice, introduced to twelve states by The Child Welfare Group. The process served as the model for the core review component of the federal CFSR.

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CWG: The Functional Assessment Process

This document describes an approach to the child and family assessment process in a family teaming environment.

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Milwaukee Service and Placement Needs Report

The following Study of Service, Support and Placement Needs in the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare was conducted by The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group and issued May 29, 2009. The study address the issues of frequent placement changes by children in out-of-home care and the lack of appropriate placement options for children entering and already placed in out-of-home care.

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Family Team Conferencing in Domestic Violence Cases



Guidelines for Practice



Produced by: The Family Violence Prevention Fund and The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group

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