The overall objective of the reform effort is to enable DCFS staff members to ensure the safety and permanence of children and families through improved skills and greater family participation. It is believed that families will trust the DCFS system if they are able to provide input on the decisions that affect their lives, be supported with treatment plans, and be shown how to create ties with their communities that could help prevent further crises and DCFS intervention.
The Utah Practice Model seeks to improve services to clients through achievement of the following objectives:
- Strengthen DCFS staff members in their ability to provide reliable and effective services to children and families;
- Improve direct professional practice of front-line staff members and supervisors in DCFS through the design and implementation of a practice model that provides a consistent philosophy, reliable direction on day-to-day professional practice, and training for specific skills with proven effectiveness in child welfare;
- Create clear performance expectations; and
- Provide the allocation and management of resources required to develop and sustain the practice model.