A key to implementation success is utilizing available tools and resources that support full implementation. This step involves selecting and integrating relevant supportive resources into the specifics of county implementation plans, then using them to advance various dimensions of CFT/CANS implementation along the way.
These tools and resources support the staff in your county to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes for implementation of CFT/CANS practice and pave the way for a smooth transition.
CANS Fidelity Tool: CHQ-In
The Collaborative Helping Quality Inventory (CHQ-In) is a behaviorally-based assessment tool to guide staff and supervisors in what quality CANS practice looks like. Technical assistance for utilizing this tool is available through the Praed Foundation. Contact April Fernando for further assistance.
CANS Training Curriculum Overview
A description of the available curriculum modules to support skill development for practitioners, supervisors and others about integrating CANS into the Child and Family Team model.
CANS Training Curriculum Modules A-D
Access to all four CANS curriculum modules where they live on the CalSWEC website.
CFT/CANS Components Within ICPM Practice Framework
A simple illustration of what it might look like when practice when integrated CFT/CANS fully reflects the core components of the ICPM: inquiry, engagement, teaming, advocacy and accountability. This tool supports the message that ICPM offers an organizing framework for current practice and system improvement.
CFT Fidelity Tool
A behaviorally-based assessment tool to guide staff and supervisors in what quality CFT practice looks like before, during and after CFT meetings.
Fidelity Tool (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
CFT Training Materials
Training Materials (Revised curriculum coming soon)
Organization and Leadership
These tools and resources help leaders at all levels understand, explain, assess, and strengthen key aspects of the organization’s role to support use of integrated CFT/CANS practice. It includes supports for communication and engagement with key stakeholders central to CFT/CANS implementation.
CANS Flier 2020
This one page flier is a handy, informative resource for parents, caregivers or other people interested in the Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool.
Child and Family Team Overview Video
The first in the “What’s in it for me?” informational video series that showcases the purpose and importance of Child and Family Teams (CFTs) and the Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths Tool (CANS) as essential elements of child welfare practice. This CFT video is intended be utilized as an engagement tool and shared system wide as a way to inform and educate those unfamiliar with the CFT process and CANS.
As an inter-agency collaborative, implementation of CFT/CANS practice is built on a foundation of clearly defined, functional partnerships. These tools and resources help leaders create the conditions to establish and sustain these partnerships.
Interagency MOU Recommendations for Development and Use
This document is a comprehensive set of recommendations and considerations for counties developing a Memorandum of Understanding between the partnering agencies in the CFT/CANS interagency collaborative.
Child & Family Interagency MOU Template
Counties can use this template to draw up their CFT/CANS interagency collaborative Memorandum of Understanding.
Data and Evaluation
These tools and resources help you determine the best way to design, collect and utilize data that supports CFT/CANS implementation.
CFT/CANS Logic Model
This logic model reflects the theory of change underlying CFT/CANS: that integrated CFT/CANS practice helps achieve desired outcomes for children, youth and families.
CFT/CANS Logic Model (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Child & Family Team Survey
A survey for participants of CFTs asking several questions about their experience. Information from this survey is used to help inform and improve the CFT process.