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California Child Welfare Core Practice Model

The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model is a project of the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) of California with support from the California Department of Social Services, the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, CalSWEC, and the Regional Training Academies.

Practice Model Elements

Next Steps

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), CalSWEC, the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC), Regional Training Academies (RTAs), and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) are hosting a Directors Institute to develop a cohort of strong, effective Child Welfare Directors and others in leadership positions supporting implementation of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model.

Through their work in the Directors Institute, associated topical Development Circles, and local implementation efforts, all County Child Welfare Directors will have the skills, ongoing support, and organizational resources to begin systematically implementing the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model by January 2018. 

How Counties Are Using the Materials

Counties can and should use the model overview and practice behaviors to inform and prepare staff for the upcoming implementation, but must keep in mind that the model won't stand alone outside the support of the full implementation strategy that includes incorporation of the organizational factors still in development.

The links below highlight how some counties are already building the model into county practice. They provide tools and ideas for other counties to use in the preparation process.

Child Welfare Core Practice Model Directors Institute Session 1 Materials

Here you'll find the packet of resources for the five focus areas covered at the first Directors Learning Session on March 22––23, 2017, at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

Core Practice Model Symposium | June 2016

This page serves as a repository for documents and work products related to the Core Practice Model Implementation Symposium: Science, Systems, and Leadership: Building Readiness for Core Practice Model Implementation held on June 23–24, 2016.

Fresno County's Use of Practice Model Concepts in CQI and Supervisor Development

Here you'll find documentation for Fresno County's use the Practice Model in CQI and supervisor development.

San Francisco's Use of the Practice Model in Workforce Development

Here you'll find documentation of the process and tools used by the City and County of San Francisco to incorporate the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model in its workforce development activities.

Background Materials Related to the Practice Model

Here you'll find the materials used in the development of the Practice Model, along with documentation and recordings of the webinars held about the Practice Model's theoretical framework and how to develop such a model.