Continuum of Care Reform including CANS

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. 

California Certified CANS Trainer list

If you are a Regional Training Academy looking for a Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) trainer in your area, here is a contact list of certified CANS Trainers in California (data collected and provided by the Praed Foundation).

Upcoming Trainings

Child Welfare Requirements for CANS Training and Certification

CANS Curricula

Virtual versions of the CANS curricula are available from

Please note that access is limited to trainers who have completed the CDSS Training for Trainers (T4T).  The virtual versions are compatible with the written versions of the curricula.

  • Modules A, C, and D are structured for two training sessions each.  Two slide decks are provided for each of these modules.
  • Module D is structured for three training sessions and has three slide decks.
  • Recommendations regarding the use of breakout sessions and polling are provided, along with polling questions.

The written versions of the CANS curricula are currently being revised.  For questions, please contact: