Implementation Toolkits provide in one central location for information, documents, and materials about how to execute a new practice, program, or intervention. This section provides basic information on Implementation Toolkits, and materials and guidance on how to use them effectively. If you are beginning a new intervention or program, these materials will assist in structuring your work so that you systematically define the intervention, communicate about it, and evaluate it. You can use the templates to create your own Implementation Toolkit.
The Birth to Six Toolkit provides information, documents, and materials that address child welfare program capacity related to vulnerable children age 0 to 6. It is designed to help agencies learn about and implement strategies to improve outcomes for very young children in care and to minimize the harmful impacts that foster care placement can have on them.
The Core Practice Model, developed by the California Department of Social Services and the Department of Health Care Services, unites the two departments and facilitates teaming with families to provide mental health services to children in the child welfare system. This toolkit provides implementation and training resources for the counties participating in the Learning Collaborative and all other California counties to advance the mission of the Core Practice Model.
The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) draws together existing and new reforms to California’s child welfare services program. It is designed from an understanding that children who must live apart from their biological parents do best when they are cared for in committed, nurturing family homes. Also known as AB 403, CCR provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure that services and supports for the children or youth and their families are tailored toward the ultimate goal of maintaining a stable permanent family.
The Family Finding and Engagement (FFE) implementation toolkit provides important information, documents, and materials about searching for and locating family members and other adults who will and can serve as long-term and permanent connections to children.
Father Engagement involves including fathers (and other paternal relatives) as active participants in the lives of their children and incorporating their perspectives into child welfare practice and decision making. The information, documents, and materials in this toolkit will help users learn about father engagement and its importance. They also provide specific tools and suggestions about how to implement father engagement strategies that best meet organizational needs
The Fostering Connections to Success (AB12) implementation toolkit provides tangible information, documents, and materials about the Fostering Connections to Success Act that was passed in 2010. The act is groundbreaking legislation that extends child welfare support to young adults who remain in foster care after the age on eighteen (18).
The AB12 Online Resources Guide is a practical interactive guide for emerging adults, social workers, foster parents, service providers, and other stakeholders. It provides resources and links to assist youth and young adults in the areas of education/vocational training, health, housing, nutrition, and the law. Please note that because websites and links may be updated, changed, or disabled by the entity that created them, you should check periodically to make sure they are still active.
The American Indian Enhancement (AIE) Project Toolkit provides concepts, guidance, and action steps that address program capacity related to American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, families, and children. It is designed to help agencies to engage with Tribes and improve outcomes for Native American/Alaskan Native children and families involved in the child welfare system.
Resource Family Approval—also known as RFA—is a method of approving caregivers to foster, adopt, or provide legal guardianship for the care and supervision of children, youth, and young adults in the child welfare and probation systems. Soon to be mandated by California State Statute, RFA creates a platform for all Resource Families to receive the same information, training, and opportunity for support. This toolkit provides information and tools for counties to use as they implement RFA.
The toolkit for Serving Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) (1) facilitates the sharing of curricula, information, materials, and media coverage for use in CSEC 101 training throughout the state, and (2) aims to raise awareness and improve identification of CSEC among the professional communities that work daily with this population.
Team Decision Making (TDM) is a collaborative, shared method for deciding the best placement options for children. The information, documents, and materials in this toolkit will help users learn about TDM, its importance, and how to implement it as intended.