As described above, Fairfax County’s CPS program has a long track record of implementing reforms. A number of additional changes to the agency’s organization and practices are likely, including the changes listed below.
- Reduction of out-of-community foster care placement. As noted above, the lack of community-based foster care resources has prevented the CYFD from implementing a truly community-based approach to CPS. To address this issue, the agency plans an aggressive campaign to recruit community resources for placement, and increase the availability of community-based respite care.
- Diversification of CPS personnel. The CYFD will continue efforts to diversify the CPS workforce to ensure that it reflects the ever-changing diversity of the Fairfax County population.
- Implementation of new outreach efforts. With the roll out of the DRS, the CYFD plans a new campaign to educate the community about CPS and the dual track response model. This message will also be underscored in the agency’s Blue Ribbon campaign which disseminates educational documents stressing that the prevention of child abuse or neglect needs to be a year-round priority.