Toward a DCFS Protective Timeline for Strengthening Families

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  • Protective FactorsQuality Child Welfare Services Practice strategies for: Reunification Permanency Child protection with intact families Etc. ? To Be Determined ?Family Supportive Child Welfare ServicesPrevention of child abuse & neglect

    Promotion of well-being, safety, & permanency, Social and EmotionalCompetence of ChildrenConcrete Supports in Times of NeedKnowledge of Parenting& Child DevelopmentParental ResilienceSocial ConnectionsHealthy Parent-Child Relationship

  • Strategic Goals for Strengthening Families1.Embed the Protective Factors in all child welfare practices and initiatives2.Ensure children 35 in child welfare system are enrolled in quality early care and education3.Ensure collaboration at the community level among early childhood programs and agenciesAdvance developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed child welfare practice Work with public and private agencies to embed Protective Factors in child- and family-serving systems.

  • Common Framework: Protective TimelineStrengtheningFamiliesIntegrated AssessmentDCFS / POS Case Planning with FamilyAchieving PermanencyStrengthening FamiliesEarly LearningCommunity ApproachesSafety PlanningServing Intact FamiliesComprehensive Front-End AssessmentConcurrent Planning Early PermanencyTrauma-Informed Practice

    Ensuring Child Safety Ensuring PermanencyOlder Wards Aging OutCommunity Follow-UpChild Protective Services

  • Levers for making the Protective Factors paradigm shiftTools, assessments, checklistsProvider databaseTrainingPerformance contracting quality assurance toolsPerformance evaluationCase reviewsService planningCourtsCommunicationsFunding streamsPolicies

    TANFReceivablesCollectedChildrensAccountsAppropriationTOS TableAge RateTableTOSTableMisc.CategoricalGrantsTablesFCSTANF/EASystemReceivablesRecognizedTFEDSTANF/EAOutputTitle XIXMedicaidDHSFCSOutputFilePayrollAdjustmentsDCFSRMSPOSRMSSACWISProviderBillingsTitle IV-B IIETVChafeeTitle IV-B ICCDFWaiverSavingsTitle XXMARS CYCIS

    TEXT KEYAmount Applied (Federal, State, MOE)Federal Reimbursement to DCFSFederal Reimbursement to GRFDCFS Expenditures not applied to any Federal Program

  • Goal 1:Embed protective factors across all child welfare practice and initiatives

    In assessment tools like: Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)Parental Readiness for Permanency and Reunification Worksheet

    Through training

  • Common Language

  • We Know You Love Your Kids

    Protective FactorCommon LanguageParental Resilience Be strong and flexibleSocial Connections Parents need friendsKnowledge of Parenting and Child DevelopmentBeing a great parent is part natural and part learnedConcrete Support in Times of NeedWe all need help sometimesSocial and Emotional Competence of ChildrenParents need to help their children communicateHealthy Parent-Child RelationshipGive your children the love and respect they need

  • Goal 1: Why embed the Protective Factors across all DCFS domains?DCFS should not be in the business of raising children, it should be in the business of strengthening families.

  • Goal 2:Ensure that children 35 years of age in the child welfare system are enrolled in early care and education settingsmandatory for wards, voluntary for intact and post-adoption families

  • Goal 2: What has been done to enroll DCFS kids in early childhood education?Rule 314 and POS contracts have been changed to require enrollment in early learning, and training, materials, and research are taking place to ensure implementation and follow-up.

  • Goal 3:Ensure collaboration at the community level among Head Starts, Pre-Ks, childcare centers, families and caseworkers

  • Goal 3: What has been done to ensure collaboration at the community level?School Minder Rotational intakeStatewide provider databaseCollaborative agreements with Head Start grantee agenciesSFI Learning Networks statewide where DCFS caseworkers and ECE providers plan services for wards togetherEarly childhood / child welfare liaisons: 7 new staff positionsPartnership with child welfare agencies that also run child care centers

  • Goal 4:Advance developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed child welfare practice

  • Goal 4: What has been done to advance developmentally appropriate & trauma-informed child welfare practice?Integrated Assessment (plans to extend to intact family cases); Trauma curriculum training for caseworkers and caregivers; Trauma treatment with developmentally appropriate, evidence-based clinical interventions; Moving trauma-based treatment approaches to all children in traditional or relative foster care

  • Goal 5: Work with public and private agencies to embed Protective Factors in child- and family-serving systems.

  • Goal 5: Objectives, FY 2009Create incentives for SFI training / capacity building: ECE center licensing requirementCreate plan for engaging citiesEmbed Strengthening Families ideas and practices in Preschool for All (DCFS representation on all committees & co-chair Special Populations Committee)Collaborative work with ISBE and DHS

  • Primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family, and all segments of society must support families as they rear their children.

    --Family Resource Coalition, 1996