During physical distancing, more parent and child contact is taking place via videoconferencing technology. In many jurisdictions, virtual meetings are playing a crucial role to assess parents’ and children’s readiness for potential reunification. Video visits present new challenges and new opportunities. Families may be experiencing new stressors related to the coronavirus pandemic and visits over video.
NCCD and Third Sector are partnering to help child welfare agencies maximize federal revenue by meeting the requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Along with qualifying for funding, working to meet these stringent requirements offers agencies the opportunity to better align needs and services and to improve the outcomes for those they serve. This new resource outlines how NCCD and Third Sector can help agencies to develop plans that create robust data infrastructure, responsive contracts, and intensive community engagement.
Though in-person participation in family team meetings is preferred, current circumstances may necessitate remote meetings. This guidance can help child welfare agencies and family team meeting facilitators adhere to local recommendations while still using best practices for family team meetings. It is not intended to replace local policy, protocols, or guidance.
The supervision and support of social workers is more important than ever, as many agencies are forced to change expectations during the current crisis. This resource offers best practices to supervisors when physical distancing—between both supervisees and clients—is a reality.
The NCCD Children’s Research Center offers a number of tips for conducting safety assessment and planning during the current health care crisis.
The County of San Diego began an effort in 2015 to achieve more timely family reunification by using a portion of its Title IV-E waiver funds to invest in a promising approach to parent/child visits: Family Visit Coaching, which is based on the Visit Coaching model developed by Marty Beyer, PhD.
To receive funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, jurisdictions must establish an evidence base for programs designed to prevent children from entering foster care. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) allows jurisdictions to contract with an independent reviewer to document the evidence base for programs that have not yet been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Read about NCCD’s independent technical reviews here.
The July issue of SDM News highlights the first of four values that drive the development of Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments: consistency. See upcoming issues to learn more about the additional SDM® values of accuracy, equity, and utility.
The latest report on this project describes evaluation activities of the past six months, analysis of 2018 parent/guardian survey results, and evaluation results to date. The goals of the Title IV-E Waiver Project are to determine whether allowing flexibility in the use of project funds helps California counties better achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; and to reduce the number of children in foster care while maintaining child safety. NCCD’s study of the project began in late 2015 and is slated for completion in 2020. For a personal take on the study’s latest findings, read this blog post by Dr. Elizabeth Harris, NCCD senior researcher and principal investigator for the evaluation.
Why “safe with a plan” provokes anxiety in many child welfare workers and how the SDM® system can help. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
The ability to predict the future would prove useful in many areas of our lives. For child protection social workers, it could help them target services to families most likely to experience poor outcomes in the future. In the absence of such an ability, social workers can use the Structured Decision Making® risk assessment. Learn more about actuarial assessment in the September issue of SDM News. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
Addressing decision-making dilemmas with the SDM system.*This link opens slowly; please be patient.