Combining Child Welfare and Welfare Reform at a Local Level.
Berns, D. A. Drake, B. J.
American Public Human Services Association.
El Paso County Dept. of Human Services, Colorado Springs, CO.
Published: March 1999
Policy & Practice
Vol. 57 , 26-34
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The El Paso County Department of Human Services applied a set of common principles to child welfare services and programs funded with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to create a flexible system of services that would promote prevention and family support. The principles emphasized family-focused, strengths-based community services. The system of care was designed to encourage prevention and early intervention, as well as integration of all services. Programs included kinship services for grandparents raising their grandchildren, teen parent support, employment support for children transitioning from foster care, family preservation and welfare prevention services, interdisciplinary training, and community partnerships. The new system resulted in decreases in the foster care population, and residential treatment placements. Special needs adoptions increased significantly and the agency improved compliance with a Child Welfare Lawsuit Agreement. 1 table.
model programs; child welfare; tanf; kinship care; family preservation; primary prevention; intervention strategies