National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Conditions that Sustain Reform


Throughout the history of reform at DSS, the agency received unequivocal administrative support at the agency and county levels.

Domestic Violence Policy and Practice

CPS worker attitudes about domestic violence and its role in child safety have been barriers that must be overcome to support reform. The county has been making progress in the development of protocols and support for worker training.

Family Conferencing

To support family conferencing, all treatment workers receive 4 hours of training. Prior to conducting an Action Meeting or Family Group Decisionmaking session, they shadow an experienced worker, write a synopsis of their experiences, and review the notes with the family group conference coordinator.

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