The CalSWEC toolkits are a suite of browser-based tools that allow anyone, from trainers and county employees to stakeholders, with a web browser to access in-depth information, resources, and supplemental materials on a variety of important California social welfare subjects.

Each toolkit is divided into intuitive sections that discuss specific topics that are applicable to the subject and provide further links for additional related resources. The information housed within each toolkit is continually updated by the subject matter experts, so please check back periodically.

If you are looking for the California Core Practice Model (CPM) Toolkits, they can be found on the CPM Implementation Toolbox webpage.

To access trainings on Toolkit topics

If you are interested in finding courses on the topics listed within the toolkits, please visit the CACWT Course Catalog. On the Course Catalog landing page, select "Child Welfare Workers" to search for courses (your course completion will be tracked in the learning management system), or select "Community Partners" if you are outside of our audience of California child welfare workers (your course completion will not be tracked in the system).

Birth to Six

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.

Birth to Six Toolkit

CFT/CANS Implementation Support

This toolkit provides a tested planning approach along with tools and resources for counties to support implementation of CFT/CANS practice in their location. You'll find a structured guide and templates for developing an implementation plan as well as specific tools to support a range of implementation efforts from developing the workforce to evaluating outcomes.

CFT/CANS Implementation Support Toolkit

Child and Family Team (CFT)

One of the Continuum of Care Reform’s (CCR) fundamental principles is that child welfare services are most effective when delivered in the context of a child or youth and family-centered child and family team (CFT) that shares the responsibility to assess, plan, intervene, monitor, and refine services over time. The CFT joins together to assess, understand, and assist trauma-exposed children, youth, NMDs, and families in trauma-informed ways. 

Child and Family Team Toolkit

Child Welfare / Mental Health Learning Collaborative (Katie A.)

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.

Child Welfare/Mental Health Learning Collaborative (Katie A). Toolkit



Coaching Toolkit

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) 

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.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Toolkit

Concurrent Planning

Concurrent Planning is the mandatory process of working toward one legal permanency goal (typically family reunification) while at the same time establishing an alternative permanency goal and implementing a detailed plan to reach that goal. The Concurrent Planning Toolkit includes curriculum, train-the-trainer (T4T), and other resources for this training series.

Concurrent Planning Toolkit

Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) 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.

Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) / CANS Toolkit

Family Finding and Engagement (FFE)

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.

Family Finding and Engagement (FFE) Toolkit

Father Engagement and Involvement: A Guide to Implementing, Monitoring, and Sustaining Innovative Practice

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.

Father Engagement and Father Involvement Toolkit

Fostering Connections After 18 (AB12)

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 of eighteen (18).

Fostering Connections After 18 (AB12) Toolkit

Fostering Connections After 18 (AB12) - Online Resources Guide

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.

Fostering Connections After 18 (AB12) - Online Resources Guide

ICWA: Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) toolkit provides concepts, guidance, and action steps that address program capacity related to Native American 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.

ICWA: Indian Child Welfare Act Toolkit

Implementation Toolkits

Implementation Toolkits provide--in one central location--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.

Implementation Toolkits

Psychotropic Medication

The Psychotropic Medication Toolkit provides access to the most current curriculum of the mandated training for the administration of psychotropic medication to children and youth in foster care in California, along with other pertinent materials and resources. Additionally, it will house up-to-date events and relevant announcements.

Psychotropic Medication Toolkit

Quality Caseworker Visit

The toolkit for Quality Caseworker Visits is a resource for Social Workers and Probation Officers (here forward known as Caseworkers) serving children in out of home placement. The focus is to outline the Mandated Requirements for Caseworkers and to offer resources and information to support the work they are doing with children and their families.

Quality Caseworker Visit Toolkit

Safety Organized Practice (SOP) 

Safety Organized Practice (SOP) is a collaborative, culturally respectful, trauma-informed and evidence-informed best practice approach that utilizes skillful engagement, meaningful partnerships with families and their networks, and development of plans that build on a family's strengths and foster behavior change within a family system to ensure child safety, permanency and well-being.

Safety Organized Practice (SOP) Toolkit

Sexual and Reproductive Wellness in Foster Care (SB89)

The Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act, Senate Bill 89, went into effect on July 1, 2017.​ It ensures that children aged 10 and older in foster care have acccess to education, information and services about sexual and reproductive health, and mandates training for caseworkers, judges, and caregivers. This toolkit provides information and training resources for caregivers and caseworkers. It is still under development. 

Sexual and Reproductive Wellness in Foster Care (SB89) Toolkit