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Child welfare systems, resources, & practices

Systems

At the field service delivery level, each local branch crafts formal and informal arrangements with other community agencies, private providers and local stakeholders to improve interagency communication, flexibility of service options, coordination of service planning and implementation of wraparound services. Branch advisory boards, consisting of community partners, are assisting implementation of System of Care on a local level.

Resources

Strength/needs-based (SNB) case planning requires needs through intensive planning and services that engages parents and their support systems, the development of resources to meet the childs needs and the blending of community resources to strengthen the family, In order to accomplish SNB case planning, branches have access to various new resources. Available funding allows caseworkers more flexibility when seeking services to address safety, permanency and attachment and additional staff reduces caseload sizes in order to support more intensive casework.

Practice

This is how a branch and community respond to a child in need. A major component of this change in practice is the Strength/Needs Based Planning approach. The caseworker and family members work together to create a safe and supportive context for positive change. To do so, meeting the needs of the child is done through the strengths of the family. This is enhanced with community services and resources. Most SNB planning is initiated through the use the Family Decision Meeting model or a field safety agreement.