California's Child Welfare Continuum of Care Reform.
California Health and Human Services Agency. California Department of Social Services.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: January 2015
This report outlines a comprehensive approach to improving the experience and outcomes of children and youth in California foster care. Based on over three years of collaboration with county partners and other stakeholders, the report consists of a series of interdependent recommendations to improve assessments of children and families to make more informed and appropriate initial placement decisions, emphasize home-based family care placements of children, appropriately support those placements with available services, change the goals for congregate care placements, and increase transparency and accountability for child outcomes. It begins by providing background information on the poor outcomes for children and youth placed in group homes, versus other placement settings, and reviewing principles, goals and program elements contained within the Katie A. Settlement Agreement, Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI), Residentially-Based Services Demonstration Project, Quality Improvement Project (QIP), California Partners for Permanency (CAPP) Project, and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project. Recommendations are then made that emphasize all children, including those in out-of-home care, deserve to grow up in families and develop a sense of community. Strategies for implementing Continuum of Care Reform are described and recommendations are made for home-based family care, residential treatment, fiscal reforms, and permanency measures and outcomes. 14 references. (Author abstract modified)
foster children; foster care; child welfare reform; group homes; family preservation; family support systems; California